After a busy first two weeks onboard, the Flight are now fully established and are proud to be a part of HMS Sutherland ship’s company.

Lt Cdr Ben Kerley

Above all, with the addition of Merlin, Sutherland can carry out her principal role – hunting submarines, for both ship and helicopter were designed specifically with that in mind.

“A Merlin Mk2 and a Type 23 frigate are a potent combination – and Operational Sea Training provides the ideal training package to hone our capabilities at sea,”  said Lt Cdr Ben Kerley, Merlin Flight Commander.

“Not only are our core anti-submarine warfare skills fully tested, but we also train for a wide range of eventualities.

“After a busy first two weeks onboard, the Flight are now fully established and are proud to be a part of HMS Sutherland ship’s company.”

Sutherland’s Commanding Officer Cdr Stephen Anderson said the Merlin’s arrival was “the final piece in the jigsaw”.

He continued: “It turns us into the most up to date and capable frigate in the Type 23 flotilla after our £24m upgrade. 

“Having our own Merlin ensures that we are able to demonstrate a world-beating ability to conduct anti-submarine warfare operations, as well as increased ability and flexibility in all environments.”