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  • 16 August 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Royal Marines spent four weeks at sea aboard aviation training ship RFA Argus preparing for the operation of the new Merlin Mk3 helicopters. Two Fleet Air Arm squadrons – 845 and 846 – have recently switched from Sea Kings to the green Merlin Mk3, transferred from the RAF. But in order to be able to support […]

  • 12 July 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The first of the Royal Marines’ upgraded Mk4 Merlin helicopters recently visited its future home at Yeovilton air base for refueling. The second-generation battlefield Merlin, factory model MLSP 1, tail number ZJ122, made the debut as the air station prepared for its annual air day on July 8. The helicopter was originally a khaki green Merlin […]

  • 25 May 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The Royal Navy has taken delivery of the first upgraded Commando Merlin Mk4 which has been designed for Royal Marine aircraft carrier operations. The helicopters are being upgraded to a faster and more powerful aircraft than their predecessors. With a new maritime grey coat, a folding main rotor and tail, upgraded flight controls and a tactical […]

  • 28 October 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The UK Royal Marines first improved Merlin Mk4 performed its maiden flight earlier in the week at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton. Working under a 2014-contract worth £330 million (€400), engineers from Leonardo are converting 25 Royal Air Force AW101 Merlin Mk.3 and Mk3A helicopters to replace the Royal Navy’s fleet of Sea King Mk4 helicopters. […]

  • 2 June 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    The UK Ministry of Defence is investing £80 million in new world-class equipment to help train the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy helicopter pilots and rear crews of the future. A £51 million contract with Lockheed Martin UK will support Chinook Mk 6 training and a £29 million contract has been awarded to AgustaWestland to […]

  • 9 December 2014
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    General Dynamics UK has been awarded a contract by AgustaWestland to provide mission system equipment for UK AW101 Merlin Mk4/4a helicopters. This contract is part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP), which was awarded to AgustaWestland by the UK Ministry of Defence in January 2014 to convert 25 AW101 Merlin helicopters for maritime operations. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 15 October 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development, Vessels

    Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was at the center of an important milestone for the F-35 program as an F-35B performed the first ever shipborne rolling vertical landing (SRVL) British test pilot Peter Wilson conducted the landing this weekend. Previously the jets have conducted only vertical landings, hovering by the side of the […]

  • 15 May 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    In April this year a detachment of 4 Sea King Mk4s and 83 personnel from 845 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) of the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) embarked in HMS Ocean for Exercise Joint Warrior 15. Joint Warrior represents the very best opportunity for CHF to conduct targeted and realistic training for amphibious operations – the […]

  • 29 March 2016
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    New helicopters that will serve the Royal Marines have joined Britain’s flagship HMS Ocean off the south coast for basic amphibious training. The Sea King helicopters that were recently retired are replaced by the battlefield Merlin, which is, according to the Royal Navy, bigger, faster, more powerful, has a greater range and is easier to board/disembark than […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

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

    Eleven months after 846 Naval Air Squadron reformed with the Merlin Mk3 helicopter, the crews completed their Deck Landing qualifications on the Royal Fleet Auxilary (RFA) Argus. For a number of 846 NAS aircrew this was the first time in over three years they had operated with a ship due to being on exchange with […]

  • 23 January 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    A Commando Helicopter Force Merlin Mk3 aircraft, flown by CHF Aircrew from 28 (AC) Sqn based in RAF Benson, supported 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery training from their Royal Citadel base in Plymouth. With the weather conditions on the day poor at Plymouth and Dartmoor, cloud bases down to around 400 ft and visibility, at […]

  • 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 […]

  • 4 April 2014

    After preparations onboard HMS Illustrious, new Merlin Mk 2 helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron are at the heart of Exercise Joint Warrior, now ending its first week in Scottish waters.   The Merlins are taking part in the largest naval war game of the year in European waters, involving ships, submarines, aircraft and marines […]

  • 30 January 2015
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    The Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm closed a chapter of its history on Thursday, 29 January as the training pipelines for Royal Navy Sea King Mk 4 and Lynx helicopters came to an end when 6 aircrew received their Wings from His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG. During the ceremony at the Royal […]

  • 28 February 2018
    Authorities, Training & Education, Vessels

    Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth entered Portsmouth on February 27, wrapping up her first of class rotary wing trials in the Atlantic. A team of 56 aircrew, analysts and engineers from the Air Test and Evaluation Centre (ATEC) at MOD Boscombe Down have been onboard the aircraft carrier for the past month with […]

  • 19 July 2012
    Training & Education

    The Flying Tigers, normally based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Helston, sent two of their Merlin helicopters and 55 personnel to take part in Exercise Dynamic Mongoose, a newly-established NATO Anti-Submarine Warfare exercise in the Norwegian Sea. Operating from Sola Airbase, Stavanger in Norway, the Tigers were on the hunt for hunter-killer class […]

  • 21 January 2013
    Training & Education

    Navy Air Engineer, Warrant Officer 1 David Rowlands, from 78 Squadron RAF Benson, has been awarded the MBE in the New Years Honours List 2013. WO Rowlands is currently part of a Royal Navy team based at RAF Benson Oxfordshire, preparing for the transition of Merlin MK3 and MK3A aircraft from RAF to RN ownership. […]

  • 6 July 2011
    Training & Education

      The flight deck of HMS Illustrious has buzzed and throbbed once more with aircraft as helicopters returned to the first time since her £40m overhaul. LA James Batley guided the first aircraft – a Merlin of 814 Naval Air Squadron – to set down on the deck of ‘Lusty’ in more than 18 months, […]

  • 4 August 2015

    A Merlin from 814 Naval Air Squadron is guided down on to the flight deck of Italy’s flagship for the first time as part of the international migrant mission in the Mediterranean. The 814 NAS crew normally based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose near Helston in Cornwall flew on to the Aircraft Carrier ITS […]

  • 20 July 2012
    Training & Education

    The eyes of the Tigers are now on watch over the Channel as helicopters from 814 Naval Air Squadron join the massive security effort shielding the Olympics. Merlins from the Culdrose-based squadron – known throughout the Fleet Air Arm as the Tigers – have decamped from Cornwall to RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset for the duration […]

  • 20 September 2012
    Training & Education

    Concerns exist about the MoD’s capacity to manage the risk created by the capability gap in maritime surveillance and about its ability to react to demand in the short and medium term, says the Defence Committee in its report, published yesterday, entitled “Future Maritime Surveillance”. The Committee has serious concerns following the decision in the […]

  • 16 May 2012
    Training & Education

    After four years of spending most of their time over the sands of Afghanistan, the Sea Kings of the Commando Helicopter Force have spent the spring finding their sea legs again. The helicopters – known as the Junglies – have taken part in a succession of training exercises to re-learn the art of flying at […]

  • 20 April 2012
    Training & Education

    Award-winning Yeovilton Air Day – the main public showcase for naval aviation in 2012 – has been officially launched in Somerset, with this year’s event commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Falklands. The show, which takes place on Saturday June 23, is one of the largest one-day events in the South-west, and returns this summer […]

  • 10 June 2014
    Training & Education

    The Lord Mayor of London and the Senior Naval Officer of HMS Queen Elizabeth yesterday (June 9) formally cemented the city’s relationship with the Navy’s new aircraft carrier.   HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest ship ever built for the Royal Navy. Weighing in at 65,000 tonnes and under construction by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance […]