Earlier this afternoon a Eurocopter AS-565SA Panther ‘511’ belonging to the French Navy performed two flybys at LMML following a routine flight. The aircraft is currently embarked on French Navy frigate Aconit, normally based in Toulon but currently visiting Malta’s Grand Harbour. The naval vessel is a general purpose stealth frigate and is now the fourth French vessel named after the FNFL corvette Aconit. The frigate is scheduled to complete a life extension upgrade by 2023 and to remain in service until 2034.
As the stealth frigate exited Malta’s Grand Harbour to continue its journey in the Mediterranean, the panther took off for a flight around the Maltese Islands and ended its flight by performing two low flybys on runway 05/23.