Commander Victoria Dale-Smith, the Sea King Force Commander said: “This restructure reflects the criticality of the ASaC capability to UK defence and our coalition partners.  

"We are committed to enduring operations and as such, this is the perfect opportunity to shape into a team that can generate, deploy and recover in a manageable and programmed timetable. 

"Our people can finally plan their lives with more certainty and the Force can focus on the drawdown to fewer aircraft and people in 2016, as well as the transition to Merlin Mark 2 thereafter.  

"Normandy Flight are leading the change and continuing to add milestones to the Fleet Air Arm Airborne Early Warning successful history.”

Commander Roger Kennedy, is proud to be the new Commanding Officer of 849 Naval Air Squadron, he said: “As we morph into a single unit, the legacy of the three Squadrons will continue through a streamlined structure and ensure that Airborne Surveillance remains at the heart of the capability.  

"Having completed operations in Afghanistan, the emphasis is now firmly back in the Maritime.  With Normandy Flight’s imminent deployment, we are totally focussed on reaffirming those skills required to deliver current operations in the Gulf.  

"The people of 849 NAS will maintain this operational task in the Gulf for some time to come, while preparing for the introduction of Merlin Mk2 Crowsnest and supporting the Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers”.

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