It provided us with a chance to extend our maritime flying skills, develop our mutual understanding of amphibious aviation and enhance the close friendship with our French counterparts

Commander Gavin Simmonite

Commander Gavin Simmonite, Commanding Officer of 845 NAS said “This was a great opportunity to work with our French Navy colleagues onboard FS Dixmude. 

"It provided us with a chance to extend our maritime flying skills, develop our mutual understanding of amphibious aviation and enhance the close friendship with our French counterparts. 

"We are extremely keen to exploit any occasion where we can conduct further joint training with the French amphibious forces and build on our sea-borne expertise in the Commando Helicopter Force.”

Despite only having 18 months left before the mighty Sea King Mk4 retires, 845 NAS and the Commando Helicopter Force are firmly focussed on honing their skills in the Maritime environment, thus justifying their status as the Joint Helicopter Command experts in Littoral Manoeuvre operations.

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