ONE of the British servicemen who was killed when two Royal Navy helicopters collided in international waters over the Gulf on Saturday grew up in Wirral.
Lieutenant Philip West, aged 32, was killed when two helicopters from the 849 Squadron A Flight, based at the Royal Navy Culdrose, Cornwall, crashed in a tragic accident which left no survivors.
Lt West moved to Hoylake at the age of ten and developed an interest in flying for the Royal Navy while studying at Salford University.
After obtaining his degree he joined Britannia Royal Navy College, Dartmouth, in 1992 to train as an officer.
According to a Ministry of Defence statement, his parents recall how he had always wanted to fly and the decision to join the service made them extremely proud.
Lt West was due to be married in August. His fiancée Nicky described him as "patient, thoughtful and considerate".