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UK has been without a dedicated maritime patrol aircraft capability since the Royal Air Force retired its last Nimrod MR2s (pictured) in 2010. Their planned replacement – BAE Systems' Nimrod MRA4 – was cancelled in an SDSR later the same year.

UK has been without a dedicated maritime patrol aircraft capability since the Royal Air Force retired its last Nimrod MR2s (pictured) in 2010. Their planned replacement – BAE Systems' Nimrod MRA4 – was cancelled in an SDSR later the same year.

The Hawker Siddeley Nimrod manufactured by Hawker Siddeley now BAE Systems is a maritime patrol aircraft developed from de Havilland Comet. The Hawker Siddeley Nimrod is capable of carrying American-made Harpoon anti-ship missiles and Sidewinder air-to-air missiles for self-defense. The Hawker Siddeley Nimrod has been the Royal Air Force's primary Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) since the early 1970s, when it replaced the piston-engine Avro Shackleton.

The Hawker Siddeley Nimrod manufactured by Hawker Siddeley now BAE Systems is a maritime patrol aircraft developed from de Havilland Comet. The Hawker Siddeley Nimrod is capable of carrying American-made Harpoon anti-ship missiles and Sidewinder air-to-air missiles for self-defense. The Hawker Siddeley Nimrod has been the Royal Air Force's primary Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) since the early 1970s, when it replaced the piston-engine Avro Shackleton.

Nimrods in the snow, RAF Kinloss on aircraft sevicing bays 15,16 & 17.

Nimrods in the snow, RAF Kinloss on aircraft sevicing bays 15,16 & 17.

RAF Nimrod Maritime Support a/c, circling a fishing trawler..

RAF Nimrod Maritime Support a/c, circling a fishing trawler..

Nimrod XV241 in 206 Sq anniversary colours © Joop de Groot. Now at Scottish National Museum of Flight at East Fortune.

Nimrod XV241 in 206 Sq anniversary colours © Joop de Groot. Now at Scottish National Museum of Flight at East Fortune.

Nimrod MR2, The Mighty Hunter. Gone, but never forgotten.

Nimrod MR2, The Mighty Hunter. Gone, but never forgotten.

The now defunct & retired Bae Nimrod RAF maritime patrol a/c, showing after a while you can add only so many bumps & lumps, before an a/c resembles the Elephant Man.

The now defunct & retired Bae Nimrod RAF maritime patrol a/c, showing after a while you can add only so many bumps & lumps, before an a/c resembles the Elephant Man.