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  • A Life On The Ocean Wave
    Posted by Bill Sweetman 11:12 AM on Jun 15, 2011

    Australia's Prism Defence has an unusual specialty -- testing and defining operating limits for shipboard helicopters on different ships. This may sound dry, but as this video shows, it is quite the reverse:

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    The video dates from April 2010, and shows a Danish Air Force AgustaWestland Lynx Mk90B on trials near the Faroe Islands, between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic. The ship is the Ejnar Mikkelsen, one of a new class of three offshore patrol vessels designed to operate in the icy and foul weather conditions in the northern seas.

    The Mikkelsen does not have a hangar, but is designed to refuel the helicopter to extend its range. (At the end of the video, the harpoon device that secures the helicopter to the deck can be seen in action.) The Lynx Mk90B is a highly-upgraded version of Denmark's original Lynx, with new rotor blades and transmission. A replacement aircraft is due to be chosen this year.

    Operations of this type will become more common as more cash-strapped navies turn to more modern, smaller corvettes and OPVs to deal with maritime safety and security issues.

    Tags: ar99, denmark, lynx

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