Commando Helicopter Force

The three squadrons of the Commando Helicopter Force are the wings of the Royal Marines, providing crucial aerial support to the green berets be they at sea in an assault ship or in the sand and dust of Afghanistan.

Commando Helicopter Force is currently on deployment


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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

8.5 tonnes

Total weight

19.5 metres

Total length

190+ miles per hour

Top speed

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Current operation


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Putting our craft, kit and people through their paces so they perform to the highest standards.

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Our base

RNAS Yeovilton

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Commanding Officer

Colonel Stafford

Commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1994 he has conducted numerous arctic and amphibious deployments and operational tours in Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Sierra Leone.


Commando Helicopter Force's role

Affectionately known as ‘The Junglies’ for their operations in Borneo during the 1960s, Commando Helicopter Force is made up of three naval Air Squadrons – 845, 846 and 847. Together, they use Merlin and Wildcat helicopters to provide air support to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines and other UK forces.

From battlefield reconnaissance and joint fire support to training Aircrew and Engineers for the front line, Commando Helicopter Force’s role is perhaps best summed up by the motto of 847 Naval Air Squadron: ‘We Strike From On High’.

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