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After an exciting day of action in and above Stornoway yesterday (Wednesday 1 December) the Royal Air Force have left the islands behind, with this phase of their three-year exercise finished.

Exercise Agile Pirate brought top brass, heavy hardware and numerous air force personnel to Lewis, and the aircraft themselves put on a show for enthusiasts and local residents.

Plenty of islanders caught snaps of the Typhoon jets from Venom flight taking off and landing during a series of sorties yesterday, but some just enjoyed the spectacle, the vertical take-offs, the noise and the excitement of seeing brake chutes deployed and after-burners jetting flame and emitting heat haze.

Wing Commander Noel Rees, officer commanding 6 Squadron RAF, reported the Typhoons and accompanying A400M transporter plane safely touched down at RAF Lossiemouth yesterday shortly before 5pm last night.

Pictures show departure of the jets and A400M yesterday afternoon (Chris Murray, Jason Spinks, Torquil Macleod) and the flight on the ground at Lossiemouth later (Royal Air Force).