Air International 2007-09
D.Carrara - A Bold Step for Illustrious
Fourteen AV-8Bs from the USMC's VMA-542 embarked aboard HMS Illustrious to participate in Operation Bold Step, an exercise held off the US East Coast in late July 2007.
During its time off the US East Coast, Illustrious hosted three visits by a USMC MV-22B Osprey. This was the first time the type had visited a ship from another nation.