A FAREWELL flypast can be seen in the skies over Dorset today.

Four of the iconic Royal Navy Lynx helicopters will fly over Weymouth and Portland as part of a tour of southern England before their retirement.

It marks the official decommissioning of the Mk8 Lynx helicopter which goes out of service on March 31 after 41 years of operations. It is being replaced by the new AW159 Wildcat helicopter.

Four Lynx helicopters from 815 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton will conduct the flypast across southern England, touring military sites associated with the aircraft.

They will be seen over Portland, home of a former naval air station, between 12.37pm and 12.42pm and over Lulworth between 12.44pm and 12.49pm.

The helicopters will also be seen heading over Lyme Regis earlier in the day between 11.44am and 11.49am.

The last deployed Lynx helicopter flew home for the final time last week as HMS Portland ended a nine-month deployment.

The Lynx was welcomed back to RNAS Yeovilton by Commander Phil Richardson, who said: “Their success and experience will be transferred across to the Wildcat as 815 completes its transition to this new aircraft type.”