Saturday, June 25, 2011
Lynx HMA Mk. 8
A British Royal Navy GKN Westland Lynx HMA Mk. 8 helicopter acts as plane guard for an MH-53 Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to the “Vanguards” of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fourteen (HM-14), pulling a Mark 105 magnetic sled during mine countermeasures operations near the mouth of the Khawar Abd Allah river. The Vanguards are embarked aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Ponce (LPD 15) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Brien Aho.