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Helicopters

Wherever the core of the Royal Navy or Royal Marines go, the helicopters of the Fleet Air Arm go with them. The helicopter is an integral part of operations by frigates, destroyers, ice patrol ships, aircraft carriers and assault ships, as well as the work of 3 Commando Brigade. The Navy flies three distinct types of helicopter: Merlins – the world’s No.1 submarine-hunting helicopter. Lynx – agile, fast, powerful. Sea Kings – the veteran workhorses of the Commando Helicopter Force, Search and Rescue and airborne surveillance units.

Operations

  • 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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  • 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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  • Two walkers rescued from 3,350ft on Buachaille Etive Mor in icy 60mph winds05/03/2014

    A Royal Navy helicopter has rescued two walkers from the summit of Buachaille Etive Mor in Glen Coe. The pair had been on the mountain overnight and were mildly hypothermic and very tired – one of the two had a minor leg injury, but they were otherwise unharmed.

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