Aircraft Photo of S-453 | Eurocopter AS-532U2 Cougar Mk2 | Netherlands - Air Force |
Registration / Serial:S-453
Aircraft Original Type:Aerospatiale AS-332 Super Puma
Aircraft Generic Type:Eurocopter AS-332/532/EC-225/725 Super Puma/Cougar
Aircraft Version:Eurocopter AS-532U2 Cougar Mk2
Operator / Titles:Netherlands - Air Force
Unit Markings:300 Sqn
C/n (msn):2453
City / Area:Indian Ocean [ Off-Airport ]Map (vicinity)
Photo Date:22 October 2013
Photo by:Stephan de BruijnContact
Photo ID: 140710
Photographer's Remark

Buzzing the shore lines of Somalia near Hafun, a pirate bastion, during the European Union anti-piracy Operation Atalanta. Flying this low at high speed is such fun and very spectacular. But photography during the turbulence (and unexpected movements of the helicopters while avoiding birds) is quite a challenge. Two Cougars were based at the HNLMS Johan de Witt, a Dutch Navy Landing Platform Dock (LPD) amphibious warfare ship for the duration of some five months during the Operation.

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