Despite all the additional capability and technical advances that this modern, multi-purpose all-weather helicopter brings, it’s the people, role and success that will continue to deliver on the excellent reputation that the Lynx has set

Commander Phil Richardson, Commanding Officer 815 NAS

Come April 2017, with four Wildcats, it will feed 815 with trained air and ground crew, as well as provide ‘quality control’ for the Wildcat force (rather like 702 NAS did for the Lynx until it disbanded in 2014) – but will also be able to meet front-line demands if needed.

And 815 will have a dozen helicopters to meet the requirements of frigates and destroyers, plus other RN/RFA vessels and operations around the UK.

Two of its inaugural Wildcats were handed over by 825 (who’ve also supplied 54 trained Wildcat technicians and six pilots/observers to help 815 get started) and two straight from the Finmecannia (formerly AgustaWestland) works just down the road in Yeovil. The first 815 Wildcat flight joins destroyer HMS Duncan this month.

“Despite all the additional capability and technical advances that this modern, multi-purpose all-weather helicopter brings, it’s the people, role and success that will continue to deliver on the excellent reputation that the Lynx has set,” said Commander Phil Richardson, 815’s Commanding Officer.

“Uniquely, we are now a Squadron that is simultaneously operating two different types of aircraft – and will continue to do so until the Lynx goes out of service on March 31 next year.”

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