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Inside A Hawk T1 On Exercise

Royal Navy pilots and Italian fighter jets have been dog fighting in the skies over Albania as part of a huge multinational exercise. On the...

Royal Navy pilots and Italian fighter jets have been dog fighting in the skies over Albania as part of a huge multinational exercise.
 
On the ground it involves 1500 British troops working alongside 250 personnel from the Albanian Armed Forces.
 
Pilots from RNAS Culdrose's 736 Naval Air Squadron have played the enemy as part of the Royal Navy's Maritime Aggressor Squadron.
 
 
The hawks of 736 Naval Air Squadron are currently the only fast jet fixed wing squadron in the Fleet Air Arm.
 
Their planned arrival in Tirana saw local dignitaries and military VIP's hold a ceremony on the runway to welcome them.
 
736 NAS ordinarily fly out of RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall but here in Albania they're having to work alongside civilian aircraft at Tirana international airport.
 
The T1 Hawk is more than 40 years old, it's the same aircraft flown by the Red Arrows.
 
This week the Hawks will be supporting the Royal Navy off the coast of Albania and the Royal Marines taking part in amphibious landings with their Albanian counterparts.