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  • 12 February 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    820 Naval Air Squadron of the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, whose Merlin’s are set to be the first helicopters on the Queen Elizabeth carrier, now have a new commander. On February 8, Commander Jon Holroyd took the helm of RNAS Culdrose’s 820 Naval Air Squadron from his predecessor Commander Ross Spooner OBE, who takes […]

  • 19 March 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    When Europe’s tallest active volcano erupted on Thursday, March 16, a pair of Royal Navy helicopters, searching for submarines during a NATO exercise, managed to capture the moment on their infrared cameras. After their successful mission to find and hypothetically destroy a Spanish submarine, which was playing the enemy in the exercise, the helicopters from 814 […]

  • 19 October 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The lead ship of the new Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers has completed her air sea acceptance trials (ASCT) with a Merlin Mk2 helicopter from QinetiQ at Boscombe Down. Completing the ASCT is a major milestone before the RFA Tidespring enters naval service. “Successful completion of these trials will certify the parameters necessary for all Tide-class […]

  • 14 June 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    After completing two-year overhaul in Portsmouth, Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster has trained with a number of Merlin Mk2 helicopters during her preparations to return to the fleet. The Type 23 frigate now has her own embarked Merlin, however, named Gatekeeper – for guardian to underworld from Ghostbusters, as the Royal Navy said. The submarine-hunting helicopter, from 829 […]

  • 3 December 2015

    The Royal Navy’s upgraded submarine-hunting and maritime patrol helicopter will be contributing to the fight against piracy and terrorism on the high seas this winter. Tried and tested in European waters over the past couple of years – including a large-scale anti-submarine exercise in the Atlantic in 2014, Merlin Mk2 will be fundamental to patrols […]

  • 24 September 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education, Vessels

    The Royal Navy’s second aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales has welcomed the first aircraft on its flight deck as it embarks on its maiden trials off the Scottish coast. Less than 24 hours after the ship sailed into open waters for the first time, a Merlin helicopter was guided safely into land on the […]

  • 24 June 2016

    A Royal Navy Merlin Mk 2 helicopter from 814 Naval Air Squadron – ‘The Flying Tigers’ – has spent a weekend on show to the German public at the annual Kiel Week, after a multinational exercise in the Baltic. Embarked in HMS Ocean for Exercise Baltic Operations 2016 (BALTOPS), the Grey Maritime Merlin has proved […]

  • 4 January 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The Royal Navy has awarded British technology company Ultra Electronics a £9.7m contract extension for the supply and production of sonobuoys for the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk2 maritime patrol helicopter fleet. The company announced Wednesday that its Command & Sonar Systems sonobuoy facility, based in Greenford, Middlesex, will be working on the contract. Ultra was initially awarded a […]

  • 15 September 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The Royal Navy’s anti-submarine warfare helicopter, the Merlin Mk2, has achieved Full Operating Capability (FOC), on time and under budget. The significant milestone of the £807 million programme has now been met, following the delivery of 24 out of a total of 30 Merlin helicopters to the Royal Navy. The upgraded Merlin Mk2s are among […]

  • 24 July 2013
    Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The first of the UK’s fleet of next-generation anti-submarine maritime patrol Merlin Mk2 helicopters have been delivered to the Royal Navy. The 5 helicopters have been handed over to the Fleet Air Arm following an upgrade as part of a £750 million contract with Lockheed Martin.  Fitted with advanced glass cockpits and improved aircrew consoles […]

  • 16 January 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news

    The UK defence ministry has awarded Lockheed Martin a £269 million contract to deliver the Royal Navy’s new airborne surveillance and control system that will protect the nation’s future Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. Named Crowsnest, the new system will see the Royal Navy’s Merlin MK2 helicopters fitted with a long range air, maritime and land detection and […]

  • 13 March 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    The UK Ministry of Defence has delivered some of the most technologically advanced and well supported helicopter fleets in the world over the last year. In the last 12 months, the Merlin Mk2, Puma Mk2, Chinook Mk6 and both the Royal Navy and British Army Wildcats have all been declared ready for operational use. As […]

  • 26 March 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded a helicopter support contract worth £580 million to AgustaWestland, sustaining more than 1,000 jobs across the UK. The deal, worth over half a billion pounds, will provide maintenance support to the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk2 and Mk3 helicopters over the next five years. The new contract is expected […]

  • 15 July 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Industry news, Research & Development

    The UK’s next generation of submarine-hunting Merlin helicopters have entered service with the Royal Navy 4 months earlier than planned.   Since successfully entering service with the Royal Navy, the aircraft have been put through their paces on exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. Embarked on HMS Illustrious, the Merlin Mk2 aircraft took part in Exercise […]

  • 30 June 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Aspiring young Design and Technology Students from across Cornwall descended on Royal UK Naval Air Station Culdrose to compete in a prestigious Engineering Challenge competition.   Merlin Mk 2 training squadron, 824 NAS, paid host to the “Lockheed Martin Schools Engineering Challenge” which has been designed to inspire year 9 students who hope to follow […]

  • 24 September 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Merlin helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron have been operating in the utility role during Exercise Albanian Lion, alongside the Green Junglie Sea King of Commando Helicopter Force.   Merlin Mk 2s onboard HMS Ocean and Sea King Mk 4s from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship Lyme Bay deployed for this first training exercise on […]

  • 17 January 2018
    Authorities, Research & Development, Vessels

    The recently-commissioned Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has kicked off preparations for her rotary wing trials which are set to start in the coming weeks. According to the Royal Navy, a Merlin helicopter from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose has been training aboard the aircraft carrier in Portsmouth Naval Base as part of the […]

  • 23 February 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    Having completed sea trials in January following a two-year refit, Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster and her crew started combat readiness drills. The frigate has flashed up her main gun for the first time in two years – putting down 23 rounds a minute – and welcomed a submarine-hunting Merlin Mk2 back aboard. […]

  • 2 December 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    Royal Navy’s Type 23 Frigate HMS St Albans left her homeport in Portsmouth for a nine-month deployment in the Middle East, yesterday, December 1. St Albans will continue the work that her sister ship, HMS Richmond, carried out earlier this year as part of the Royal Navy’s long-term presence East of Suez. Her task is […]

  • 27 September 2013
    Industry news

    Stunning images have been released to give an idea of front-line carrier operations in the Royal Navy in just a few years’ time. The team behind HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales have produced life-like graphics of F35 Lightning IIs and Merlin Mk2s operating from the sprawling flight decks of the 65,000-tonne leviathans. With […]

  • 13 May 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Merlin helicopters from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose have began scouring hundreds of square miles of the Central Mediterranean as the Royal Navy’s humanitarian mission moves up a gear. 814 Naval Air Squadron’s Merlin’s are scanning large swathes of the Mediterranean Sea on the lookout for people in peril. Having completed a 1,000-mile journey across […]

  • 16 May 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Two Royal Navy Merlin Mk2 helicopters have returned home after two weeks of anti submarine warfare drills in the Norwegian Fjords as part of exercise Rogue Wizards 2018. The helicopters were flown by ‘Flying Sailors’ from the Merlin Training Squadron at RNAS Culdrose. 824 NAS is the unit which trains students in every aspect of the […]

  • 5 February 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education, Vessels

    Royal Navy helicopter carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth welcomed Chinook helicopters on board for the first time as she got underway from Portsmouth for her next round of trials. HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from Portsmouth on February 2 for the first time since being officially commissioned into the Royal Navy in December. She will be launching her first helicopter trials […]

  • 7 August 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Richmond has taken part in training exercises with UK Merlin helicopters in the Indian Ocean. The training is part of a package that will advance anti submarine warfare tactics. Working with 820 Naval Air Squadron Merlin Mk 2 helicopters, also deployed in the region, Richmond made use of her […]

  • 22 May 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    A new helicopter-borne surveillance system has been chosen to protect the Royal Navy’s future Queen Elizabeth Class carriers. The MOD and Lockheed Martin UK, as the prime contractor for Crowsnest, have selected Thales as the chosen bidder to provide the radar and mission system at the heart of the Crowsnest capability. The Crowsnest project will […]

  • 22 October 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education, Vessels

    Royal Navy aviators embarked aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will be taking part in submarine-hunting tests with the US Navy. According to the Royal Navy, the 820 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) are sending a team and two of their Merlin Mk2 helicopters to the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre, to take part […]

  • 13 October 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    UK’s 820 Naval Air Squadron conducted ‘remarinisation’ training when all of the squadron’s personnel was reunited at the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose for the first time in two years. Part of the process was building on their resourcefulness and resilience by undertaking adventurous training (AT) at various sites around the Cornish coast. The squadron are now embarked on […]

  • 20 August 2013
    Industry news

    The first five next-generation Merlins have been handed over to crews at Culdrose to prepare the souped-up helicopter for front-line duties. The innards of the Mk1 has been ripped out and replaced in a £750m upgrade of the Merlin fleet to ensure it stays one step ahead of our foes until the end of the […]

  • 17 June 2014
    Authorities, Training & Education

    After a ten day work-up on-board HMS Illustrious around the Cornish coast, the Merlin Carrier Air Group (MCAG) prepare to “Go Deep” as they sail westwards out into the Atlantic in pursuit of Submarines.   Exercise Deep Blue has so far seen the Merlin Mk 2s from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose put through their […]