31 October 2013 | Royal Navy
HMS Illustrious fends off air attacks for Middle Eastern exercise
The veteran warship was expected not just to thwart the attackers, but put Royal Marines ashore on the sands of Oman during the eight-day exercise, Omani Cougar.
The Royal Omani Air Force provided some of the â€˜oppositionâ€™, sending its Jaguar and Hawks to attack Illustrious â€“ one of the â€˜high value assetsâ€™ during the exercise which had to be protected at all costs.
As one of the largest vessels in the Fleet â€“ 22,000 tonnes, nearly 650ft long â€“ the helicopter carrier presented a substantial target to the attacking bombers.
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