Royals hitch a ride with Nowra’s Navy pilots

PERSONNEL from HMAS Albatross’ 808 Squadron had a royal encounter.

Aircrews from two MRH90 helicopters flew the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Blue Mountains.

The Duke and Duchess flew from Victoria Barracks, Sydney onboard the Nowra-based helicopter to visit the 2013 bushfire-affected residents in the town of Winmalee in the Blue Mountains.

Eight personnel from HMAS Albatross, Commander Adrian Capner, Lieutenant Commander Dom Cooper, Lieutenant Commander Stephen Brown, Lieutenant Ivan Hussein, Chief Petty Officer Jim Ritchie, Petty Officer Nicholas Lowe, Petty Officer Jamie Kirby and Petty Officer Mitchell Rogers, took part in the Royal flight.

A member of 808 Squadron prepares to marshal the Navy MRH90 upon the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Victoria Barracks.

A member of 808 Squadron prepares to marshal the Navy MRH90 upon the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Victoria Barracks.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge before the departure from Victoria Barracks, Sydney, in a MRH90 helicopter to visit the 2013 bushfire affected residents in the town of Winmalee in the Blue Mountains.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge before the departure from Victoria Barracks, Sydney, in a MRH90 helicopter to visit the 2013 bushfire affected residents in the town of Winmalee in the Blue Mountains.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge before the departure from Victoria Barracks, Sydney, in a MRH90 helicopter to visit the 2013 bushfire affected residents in the town of Winmalee in the Blue Mountains.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge before the departure from Victoria Barracks, Sydney, in a MRH90 helicopter to visit the 2013 bushfire affected residents in the town of Winmalee in the Blue Mountains.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are greeted by Australian Defence Force personnel from 808 Squadron before entering the MRH90 helicopter at Victoria Barracks, Sydney.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are greeted by Australian Defence Force personnel from 808 Squadron before entering the MRH90 helicopter at Victoria Barracks, Sydney.

A member of 808 Squadron prepares to marshal the Navy MRH90 upon the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Victoria Barracks.

A member of 808 Squadron prepares to marshal the Navy MRH90 upon the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Victoria Barracks.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are greeted by Australian Defence Force personnel of 808 Squadron before entering the MRH90 helicopter at Victoria Barracks to fly to Winmalee in the Blue Mountains.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are greeted by Australian Defence Force personnel of 808 Squadron before entering the MRH90 helicopter at Victoria Barracks to fly to Winmalee in the Blue Mountains.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge being transported by a Navy MRH90 helicopter out of Victoria Barracks, Sydney.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge being transported by a Navy MRH90 helicopter out of Victoria Barracks, Sydney.

Members of Defence watch on as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are being transported by a Navy MRH90 helicopter out of Victoria Barracks, Sydney.

Members of Defence watch on as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are being transported by a Navy MRH90 helicopter out of Victoria Barracks, Sydney.

Petty Officer Air Crewman Jamie Kirby and Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Adam Smith awaiting the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Victoria Barracks.

Petty Officer Air Crewman Jamie Kirby and Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Adam Smith awaiting the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Victoria Barracks.

A member of 808 Squadron prepares to marshal the Navy MRH90 upon the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Victoria Barracks.

A member of 808 Squadron prepares to marshal the Navy MRH90 upon the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Victoria Barracks.