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"Subtle but significant name change" for Yeovilton's airday

Image from RNAS Yeovilton of the RAF Red Arrows performing over the Somerset airbase

RNAS Yeovilton's popular airday is changing its name fom 2019 and will be known as 'Royal Navy International Air Day'.

The event returns on Saturday July 13 and is the Royal Navy's only airshow.

Commodore Nick Tindal, Commanding Officer at the Somerset airbase, said: "The Royal Navy has been at the forefront of technological innovation in Maritime Aviation for over 100 years. 

"This is destined to continue with the first landing, this autumn, of an F-35B Lightning II on HMS Queen Elizabeth - the world's first aircraft carrier designed around operating a fifth-generation fighter jet. 

"The subtle but significant name change reflects this but also the aspiration to build on the growing reputation of the airshow by attracting further participation by foreign naval air arms and maritime aircraft."

"The Royal Navy International Air Day will celebrate modern and historical air power in its many forms not least its central role for Maritime Capability and for the capabilities of our sister services, the Army and Royal Air Force.

"It is also an opportunity to welcome our NATO, European and other close Allies and partners from across the globe underlining the importance of international cooperation and the international nature of Royal Navy and UK military operations."

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