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HMS Illustrious as reinforcements in the Philippines

HMS Illustrious in the Strait of Hormouz (credit: Royal Navy)
HMS Illustrious in the Strait of Hormouz (credit: Royal Navy)

(B2) The HMS Illustrious (R-06) was ordered to leave the Arabian Sea, where he was serving in the anti-piracy operation, to head towards the Philippines. This is an order from Prime Minister David Cameron. He should thus join the HMS Daring which is only a day away at sea to carry out humanitarian operations.

For the Illustrious, it will be a little longer. It will take him approximately 10 days to cross the 4500 miles that separate him from the Far East. Let's hope it arrives in time!

This class helicopter carrier Invincible who already has 31 years of service is the oldest in the Royal Navy. But it is particularly suitable for carrying out operations because it can carry up to 22 helicopters of different types, notably Lynx and Sea King, particularly useful in rescue or transport operations. It is captained by Captain Mike Utley, a Scottish rugby fan.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).