Able bodied: The unusual vertical take-off and landing abilities enabled Harrier jump jets to fly in and out of areas near to the battlefield although the weight of fuel required for vertical take-off limited its weapon load. Four GR9 Harriers, flying in formation over Britain. Nearest to the camera is a GR9 in the tail colours of 800 Naval Squadron, then 4 Squadron, 1 Squadron, the furthest GR9 is painted in the 1969 camouflage pattern
HMS Cornwall is pictured receiving stores by Merlin helicopter from HMS Ocean (top of picture) in the Gulf of Aden. Vertical Replenishment or Vertrep is a quick and convenient way of resupplying a ship at sea.