Royal Navy Parachute Display Team back at Armed Forces Day

By Press Release May 22, 2024

The Royal Navy Parachute Display Team will be back by popular demand at this year’s Isle of Wight Armed Forces Day.

Last year they were one of the highlights of the show and they’ll be dropping in on Ryde beach on the afternoon of Sunday, June 30.

The team jump with coloured smoke and flags, in a spectacular display of military precision, discipline and teamwork.

Ian Dore, Armed Forces Day organiser, said: “It ticks the excitement box every time. What could be more bonkers than falling out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft, then landing on a beach from 6,000 feet?

“In all seriousness, last year they were right on the envelope because of the wind, and it really was touch and go. In true derring-do style and not wanting to let the crowd down, out they came. Twenty seconds of freefall at 120mph, then onto the sand. Touchdown!”

This thrilling element of the event is sponsored by Wightlink and commercial director, Phil Delaney, had this to say: “Wightlink is honoured to be part of this year’s Armed Forces Day, as we remember the D-Day landings, 80 years on.

“Armed Forces Day both raises money for very good causes and celebrates the achievements of our brave men and women in uniform, plus of course cadets, veterans, and their families.

“As supporters of the Armed Forces Covenant, Wightlink is proud to employ many ex-service people too. We are certainly looking forward to what is going to be an exciting and historic day.”

Wightlink is also offering a 20 per cent saving on foot, car and motorcycle ferry travel to the Island for Armed Forces Day, between June 29 and July 1.

Ian added: “It’s not just about the parachute display itself, it demonstrates skill and courage, which leads to excitement and adventure.

“I vividly remember my first static line jump from years ago. The first four seconds are uncontrolled chaos, followed by a calm floating as you descend.

“Freefall is a whole different ball game and this team take it to another level. They love what they do, they’ll pose for that essential selfie, talk you through the kit and are great to interact with.

“They are a fantastic addition to the event so thanks to Wightlink for making it happen.”