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Merlin MK1

Merlin Mk1 – the world’s most potent submarine hunting helicopter. The Merlin Mk1 have been in service with the Fleet Air Arm since the late 1990s and, after thorough testing and evaluation, the helicopters have been on the front line since 2000. Our job is to find – and if necessary destroy – enemy submarines using our state-of-the-art sonar buoys which we drop into the ocean and Sting Ray torpedoes. Beyond searching for submarines, we carry out traditional maritime helicopter duties: anti-piracy/drug-running patrols, surveillance and reconnaissance, search and rescue, and passenger and load transfers. There are more than 40 Merlins in service with the Fleet Air Arm in training and front-line squadrons. Most of these are in the middle of a £750m upgrade to turn the Merlin Mk1 into the Merlin Mk2 which has more powerful computer systems and is easier for aircrew to operate.

Merlin
Merlin
Merlin
Speed (Up to)

149knots

Crew

3Aircrew

Height

6.65Metres

Length

22.8Metres

Range

450Nautical Miles

Main Rotor Diameter

18.59Metres

Weight (Unladen)

14,600Kg

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New Merlins in the thick of Europe’s largest Naval Exercise
04 April 2014

After preparations onboard HMS Illustrious, new Merlin Mk 2 helicopters...

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Culdrose sailors ‘humbled’ by visit to Navy’s Great War battlefields
01 April 2014

Personnel from Culdrose have paid homage to sailor-soldiers who fought...

Royal Recognition for Commanding Officer
Royal Recognition for Commanding Officer
25 March 2014

Commander Chris Godwin has been awarded the Queen’s Commendation for...

Merlin Mk 2 tested to the max
17 March 2014

A Merlin Mk 2 has set down on the deck...

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