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Future Aircraft

Since the dawn of powered flight, aircraft have been an integral part of the Royal Navy. Fixed-wing aircraft helped deliver some of the Navy’s greatest 20th Century triumphs, from knocking out the Italian Fleet at Taranto and crippling the Bismarck, to playing an instrumental role in the re-taking of the Falklands in 1982. Until the advent of the F35 Lightning II towards the end of this decade, only one fixed-wing aircraft is in service with the Fleet Air Arm.

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  • New Merlins in the thick of Europe’s largest Naval Exercise04/04/2014

    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.

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  • Culdrose sailors ‘humbled’ by visit to Navy’s Great War battlefields01/04/2014

    Personnel from Culdrose have paid homage to sailor-soldiers who fought on the Western Front a century ago. The sailors of 829 03 Flight – who usually fly and maintain a Merlin helicopter aboard today’s frigates – are touring Great War battlefields, in particular those where the Royal Naval Division fought.

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  • £500M investment in missiles for Royal Navy's Wildcat helicopter27/03/2014

    The Royal Navy is to benefit from a new highly advanced anti-ship missile thanks to a £500m investment from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and French Government.

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  • Royal Recognition for Commanding Officer25/03/2014

    Commander Chris Godwin has been awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service. Commander Godwin was awarded the Commendation for his role as the Commanding Officer of 820 Naval Air Squadron.

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  • Merlin Mk 2 tested to the max17/03/2014

    A Merlin Mk 2 has set down on the deck of HMS Lancaster, marking the very first time the Fleet Air Arm’s new submarine hunter has joined a frigate on which it will ride into battle.

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  • Merlin Squadron still has plenty of work to do
  • Royal Recognition for Commanding Officer
  • Merlin Squadron still has plenty of work to do

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