Navy

WATCH: Royal Navy Aircrew Practise Search And Rescue Skills

Although the Merlin is primarily used to hunt and destroy submarines, it is still important crew know how to respond in emergency scenarios.

Royal Navy aircrew have been put through their paces with search and rescue exercises off the coast of Cornwall.

Footage captured by crew onboard a Merlin helicopter shows personnel roping down to pick up an aircrew trainee from the waves. 

The exercises, held in Falmouth Bay, enabled the crew to not only practise their search and rescue skills but also how they should act if they suddenly find themselves at sea. 

Although the Merlin is primarily used to hunt and destroy submarines, it is still important crew know how to respond in emergency scenarios. 

The helicopter from 820 Naval Air Squadron, based at RNAS Culdrose, will embark on the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth later this year. 

The Merlin will be on 24-hour search and rescue cover in case of a downed aircraft.