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Sea Skua is fired for the last time from HMS Portland’s Lynx

Sea Skua is fired for the last time from HMS Portland’s Lynx

The Sea Skua missile all but wiped out Saddam Hussein’s Navy single-handedly in the first Gulf War in 1991, wrecking 14 enemy ships. But with the Lynx helicopter which carries it, just weeks away from being retired, the missiles were launched for the final time in the middle of the Atlantic as HMS Portland let… Read more »

Source: UK's Royal Navy, 06-Mar-17

British Wildcats Struggle with Data Transfer

British Wildcats Struggle with Data Transfer

The British Military have been using their new Leonardo Wildcat helicopters for two years, even though they still do not have a tactical data link (TDL) capability installed. This means the crew have had to use voice communication, via radios or other media such as USB sticks to transfer the needed information. Due to budget… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-17

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Captain Eric Browns medal’s home safe to be exhibited

Captain Eric Browns medal’s home safe to be exhibited

Medals awarded to the Royal Navy’s most decorated pilot, Captain Eric Brown are to be displayed at the Fleet Air Arm Museum from 21 January 2017 in a fitting tribute on his 98th birthday. The war hero, born in the Leith area of Edinburgh in 1919, died earlier last year at the age of 97…. Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 31-Jan-17

Royal Navy Rescue Duo Receives Royal Honours

Royal Navy Rescue Duo Receives Royal Honours

Lieutenant Commander Richard Lightfoot and Petty Officer Alan Speed were awarded for their extraordinary work they did last year. The two Royal Navy rescue workers saved 12 people from a bus that was in turmoil during the floods of Storm Frank. Awarded by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, Lt Cdr Lightfoot received an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-17

Thales at the heart of Royal Navy fleet protection

Thales at the heart of Royal Navy fleet protection

Lockheed Martin, who acts as the Ministry of Defence’s prime contractor for the Merlin helicopter, selected a new generation of the Thales Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system to be fitted to existing Merlin Mk2s helicopters to provide the Navy with an airborne surveillance and control capability (ASaC). The contract formally marks the beginning of… Read more »

Source: Thales Group, 26-Jan-17

First Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk4 makes its maiden flight

First Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk4 makes its maiden flight

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today the first AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin Mk4 successfully completed its maiden flight on 24th October 2016 at its Yeovil facility in southwest England. Leonardo is upgrading 25 Royal Navy Merlin Mk3/3A aircraft to Merlin Mk4/4A standard as part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP) contract. The MLSP contract is valued at £330… Read more »

Source: Leonardo Group, 23-Nov-16

Leonardo takes SW-4 UAV to Unmanned Warrior 2016

Leonardo takes SW-4 UAV to  Unmanned Warrior 2016

Leonardo-Finmeccanica attended Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior 2016 from 9th to 21st October, the largest demonstration of maritime autonomous systems ever held. Leonardo demonstrated the capabilities of its advanced SW-4 ‘Solo’ Rotary Unmanned Air System as well as its airborne sensors such as the SAGE electronic warfare and Osprey E-Scan radar systems integrated using its skyISTAR… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 23-Nov-16

Royal Marines new helicopter completes its maiden flight

Royal Marines new helicopter completes its maiden flight

Just in time for the Corps’ 352nd birthday, the Royal Marines new flying steed has taken to the skies for the first time. The Merlin Mk4 – much better adapted to operations at sea than the Mk3 it is replacing – will be the mainstay of Commando Helicopter Force for the next decade and beyond…. Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 01-Nov-16

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Lockheed Martin updates last of 30 AW101 Merlins for UK military

Lockheed Martin updates last of 30 AW101 Merlins for UK military

The Ministry of Defence has taken delivery of the 30th upgraded Merlin Mk2 helicopter from industry. Lockheed Martin UK joined representatives from the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence for a ceremony to mark the handover of the final airframe at Leonardo’s facility in Yeovil, Somerset. For the last ten years, employees from both… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 10-Aug-16

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Royal Navy Lynx instructors awarded Trophy with support from CAE

Royal Navy Lynx instructors awarded Trophy with support from CAE

The Royal Navy’s instructors at the Lynx Simulator Facility at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton were recently awarded the Breitling Trophy for achieving the best overall performance during the annual Naval Flying Standards inspection. The inspection was conducted by the office of the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff – Aviation and Carriers (ACNS-A&C) for… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 01-Aug-16

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Royal Navy engineers modify Army Gazelle

Royal Navy engineers modify Army Gazelle

A team from the Royal Navy’s ‘emergency service’ has saved the day – and potentially £20m – with a speedy fix for the Army. The Service Modifications team at 1710 NAS has developed a system for the Army Air Corps Gazelle helicopter to be adapted to airlift casualties from the battlefield. And within two days… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 15-Jun-16

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British military thanks landing site owners

British military thanks landing site owners

The majority of remote Helicopter Landing Sites within the Yeovilton operating area belong to private landowners and are offered for use on a good will basis. These sites are vital to the training carried out by the Commando Helicopter Force and other aviation units to deliver operational capability. In order to maintain and reinforce this… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 08-Jun-16

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Black Cats team ready for 30 air shows

Black Cats team ready for 30 air shows

The Royal Navy’s Black Cats helicopter display team are set to wow millions of spectators this summer.  Following months of training, the team was formally awarded its Public Display Authority (PDA), the final assessment that authorises the team to begin their season. The pair of Wildcats will appear at more than 30 displays in the… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 18-May-16

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UK – 815 Naval Air Squadron receives first four of 12 Wildcats

UK – 815 Naval Air Squadron receives first four of 12 Wildcats

The first four of 12 new Wildcats has been delivered to 815 Naval Air Squadron as the Fleet Air Arm’s largest squadron begins the switch from Lynx after 35 years. Over the next 11 months the Yeovilton squadron will gradually retire the Lynx Mk8 as its successor takes over as the wings of front-line destroyers… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 20-Apr-16

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Royal Navy SAR Sea Kings leave Culdrose for the last time

Royal Navy SAR Sea Kings leave Culdrose for the last time

On Monday 11th April, Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose waved goodbye to its iconic Search and Rescue Sea King helicopters for the last time. During the late morning, the final three aircraft flew from the Helston base to HMS Sultan. The much-loved red and grey aircraft have flown from RNAS Culdrose since 1988. Brave aviators… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 13-Apr-16

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Wildcat becomes first helicopter to land at St Helena Airport

Wildcat becomes first helicopter to land at St Helena Airport

The Royal Navy achieved an historic milestone when HMS Lancaster’s Wildcat helicopter became the first rotary-wing aircraft to land at the island of St Helena’s new airport. Sitting 1,200 miles off the coast of African and 1,800 miles from South America, St Helena is one of the most remote islands in the world – but… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 27-Oct-15

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First Upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 Delivered to Royal Navy

First Upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 Delivered to Royal Navy

Agusta Westland announced today that it had delivered the first of seven upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 helicopters to the Royal Navy as part of Phase 1of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP). Under the MLSP design and manufacture contract, awarded to Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland in January 2014, 25 AW101 Merlin HC Mk3/3A aircraft will be converted… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 20-Oct-15

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Babcock win large Royal Navy helicopter maintenance contract

Babcock win large Royal Navy helicopter maintenance contract

Babcock, the UK’s leading engineering support services company, is pleased to announce it has been awarded a five-year contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to deliver engineering services to the Royal Navy at air stations in the south west of England. The aviation and engineering support and aircraft services (AESAS) contract includes the… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 19-Oct-15

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Royal Navy ASW Merlin Mk2 achieves Full Operating Capability

Royal Navy ASW Merlin Mk2 achieves Full Operating Capability

The significant milestone of the £807 million programme has now been met, following the delivery of 24 out of a total of 30 Merlin helicopters to the Royal Navy. The upgraded Merlin Mk2s are the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter and have undergone improvements to their anti-submarine/surface warfare combat capabilities, including radar upgrade, as well… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 18-Sep-15

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Sea King forms heart of Fleet Air Arm Museum exhibition

Sea King forms heart of Fleet Air Arm Museum exhibition

A NAVY helicopter which saw active service in a dramatic rescue of British troops during the Falklands War is the leading attraction of a new exhibition at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton. See Full Story

Source: Western Gazette, 17-Aug-15

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Plan for new military helipad in Plymouth

Plan for new military helipad in Plymouth

The Ministry of Defence has applied for permission to build a new helicopter landing pad and Forward Operating Base in Plymouth. See full story

Source: The Herald, 21-Jul-15

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Retired UK helicopter pilot took £20K from Old Boys’ club

Retired UK helicopter pilot took £20K from Old Boys’ club

The treasurer of a school’s Old Boys’ society who plundered the funds to stave off debts has avoided an immediate jail term. See Full Story

Source: Express & Star, 02-Jul-15

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Royal Navy helicopter pilots pocket up to £100,000 bonus

Royal Navy helicopter pilots pocket up to £100,000 bonus

ROYAL Navy helicopter pilots pocketed bonus payments of up to £100,000 if they agreed to remain ‘operationally flying’ for an extra five years – despite record cuts across the fleet. See Full Story

Source: Mirror, 16-Jun-15

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Bristow UK picks Danzer modular buildings for Lydd SAR base

Bristow UK picks Danzer modular buildings for Lydd SAR base

UK SAR provider Bristow Helicopters have entered into a substantial agreement with AV Group for a series of steel modular buildings that will provide exclusive accommodation and welfare facilities for its new helicopter search and rescue (SAR) team, operating out of Lydd Airport in Kent. The SAR operation due to launch in July 2015 from… Read more »

Source: AV Group, 03-Jun-15

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UK military invests £80M In New Synthetic Helicopter Training Equipment

UK military invests £80M In New Synthetic Helicopter Training Equipment

The Ministry of Defence is investing £80 million in new specialist equipment to help train the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy helicopter pilots and rear crews of the future. A £51million contract with Lockheed Martin UK will support Chinook Mk 6 training and a £29 million contract has been awarded to AgustaWestland to provide… Read more »

Source: RAF, 03-Jun-15

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Thales Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system picked for British AW101

Thales Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system picked for British AW101

Following an industry competition, Lockheed Martin, who act as the Ministry of Defence’s prime contractor for the Merlin helicopter have selected a new generation of the Thales Search water radar and Cerberus mission system to be fitted to specially adapted Merlins to provide the Navy with an airborne surveillance and control capability (ASaC). The fleet… Read more »

Source: Thales, 02-Jun-15

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Royal Navy Sea King tests new Glasgow hospital helipad

Royal Navy Sea King tests new Glasgow hospital helipad

STRIKING images have been released of a Royal Navy Sea King landing on the helipad at the country’s newest and largest hospital. See Full Srory

Source: Daily Records, 21-May-15

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Bristow Group Names Government Portfolio Director

Bristow Group Names Government Portfolio Director

Bristow Group today announced that Carl Dixon has joined Bristow as Director, Government Portfolio. Dixon will lead Bristow’s activity to build its global search and rescue (SAR) business, engaging with governments and public sector institutions around the world. Dixon has a military background; as Air-Vice Marshal, he served as Commander of the UK Joint Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 17-Apr-15

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British pilot travels 23,000 miles to visit every Royal Navy helicopter he flew in

British pilot travels 23,000 miles to visit every Royal Navy helicopter he flew in

A helicopter hero travelled 23,000 miles to find every chopper he had ever flown – only to find one had been converted into a posh camping facility. See Full Story

Source: Daily Mail, 13-Apr-15

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UK military extends AW101 suppert contact with AgustaWestland by five years

UK military extends AW101 suppert contact with AgustaWestland by five years

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) covering the third five year period of the 25-year Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract. The contract provides a comprehensive availability based support package for the UK MoD’s fleet of AW101 Merlin helicopters for the period 1st… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Mar-15

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Decorated Helicopter Rescue Pilot visits Museum

Decorated Helicopter Rescue Pilot visits Museum

On Sunday (29th March ) as part of the Whirly Birds event, pilot Jerry Grayson will visit The Helicopter Museum to see the Westland Whirlwind and Wessex helicopters he flew in the Fleet Air Arm and to sign copies of his new biography ” Rescue Pilot”. Jerry Grayson became the youngest helicopter pilot to ever… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 26-Mar-15

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BAE Systems wins AW159 Wildcat mission planning system contract

BAE Systems wins AW159 Wildcat mission planning system contract

The system will be used by Royal Navy and Army Air Corps pilots who fly the Wildcat. Combined Arms Gateway Environment (CAGE) is a unique system developed by BAE Systems that can be used on multiple platforms to plan, brief, rehearse, execute and debrief a mission using the latest situational awareness and planning support information…. Read more »

Source: BAE, 18-Feb-15

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Culdrose team start the very last Sea King “Zonal Survey”

Culdrose team start the very last Sea King “Zonal Survey”

Two Royal Navy Air Branch Reservists from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose have started the very last ever “Flying-MOT” of a Sea King Mk 5 before the aircraft is retired from service next year. The veteran Air Engineers, Chief Petty Officers Bruce Rowarth and Andy Harding who have served most of their naval careers with… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 16-Feb-15

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Charity air ambulance marks 500th emergency call out milestone

Charity air ambulance marks 500th emergency call out milestone

A life-saving air ambulance, which is the country’s only charity-funded aircraft, marking the milestone of its 500th call out. See full story

Source: STV, 16-Feb-15

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Ultra awarded UK Merlin Sonobuoy Capability contract

Ultra awarded UK Merlin Sonobuoy Capability contract

Ultra Electronics announces that its Sonar Systems business, based in Greenford, Middlesex, has been awarded a £18m contract to supply sonobuoys for the Royal Navy’s Merlin maritime patrol helicopter. The contract will be executed over the next two years with options for a further two years. The contract, between Ultra and the MoD, for sonobuoy… Read more »

Source: Ultra Electronics, 13-Feb-15

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Lynx pilot gets Royal Navy wings from Prince Andrew

Lynx pilot gets Royal Navy wings from Prince Andrew

he first and last woman to become a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter pilot has received her wings from Prince Andrew. See Full Story

Source: BBC News, 30-Jan-15

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814 Naval Air Squadron retire Merlin Mk.1

814 Naval Air Squadron retire Merlin Mk.1

It was the end of an era at a Westcountry Naval base when a return home from a 19 month deployment also saw a squadron wave goodbye to their trademark helicopter. See Full Story

Source: Western Morning News, 20-Nov-14

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Busy helicopter squadron see 10 years with Merlin

Busy helicopter squadron see 10 years with Merlin

829 Naval Air Squadron – The Kingfishers – are celebrating their 10th anniversary since recommissioning as a squadron in 2004. But they are not waiting for a party to start with such a full programme ahead to keep them occupied. Over the past 10 years the squadron is known for being one of the busiest… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 03-Nov-14

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RAF officially hands over Merlins to Royal Navy

RAF officially hands over Merlins to Royal Navy

30th September marked the end of an era for the Royal Air Force with the official handover of the Merlin to the Royal Navy and the disbandment of 78 Squadron in a formal ceremony at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. The formal Royal parade marked the next stage in the transition of the Merlin helicopter from… Read more »

Source: RAF, 02-Oct-14

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700 (W) Naval Air Squadron bows out on a high

700 (W) Naval Air Squadron bows out on a high

Yesterday saw the decommissioning of 700 (W) Naval Air Squadron (NAS) following 5 years of hard work, diligence and dedication at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton. Last week saw all seven Royal Naval Wildcat helicopters from 700(W) Naval Air Squadron (NAS) into the sky simultaneously for the first time and today the decommissioning marks… Read more »

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Merlin training squadron gets new man at the helm

Merlin training squadron gets new man at the helm

On 16 July Commander Steve Thomas took over command of 824 Naval Air Squadron from his predecessor Commander Nick Gibbons, who moves on to an appointment at Joint Headquarters in Northwood, London. Commander Thomas joins 824 NAS as development of Merlin Mk 2 continues and the important role of the Merlin Training Facility are crucial… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 05-Aug-14

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Royal Navy’s sub-hunting helicopters enter service early

Royal Navy’s sub-hunting helicopters enter service early

Since successfully entering service with the Royal Navy, the aircraft have been put through their paces on exercise in the Atlantic Ocean. Embarked on HMS Illustrious, the Merlin Mk2 aircraft took part in Exercise Deep Blue, simulating anti-submarine warfare, maritime patrol and casualty evacuation capabilities. The new helicopters are part of an £800 million programme… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 17-Jul-14

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AgustaWestland Awarded AW159 Wildcat FASGW Missile Integration Contract

AgustaWestland Awarded AW159 Wildcat FASGW Missile Integration Contract

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) valued at £90 million to integrate, test and install the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) Heavy and Light missile systems onto 28 Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat helicopters. The contract award was announced today at the Farnborough International… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Jul-14

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Royal Navy tests Merlin Mk2 to the max

Royal Navy tests Merlin Mk2 to the max

The Merlin Mk 2 is the Navy’s new-and-improved version of the world’s leading anti-submarine helicopter, conducting its initial trials with the Royal Navy’s first line of defence against the threat from underwater foes: the Type 23 frigate. The Merlin has been in service with the Royal Navy for more than a decade, but is in… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 20-Mar-14

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17-Jan-14 ZA130 Westland Sea King HAR.5 Androssan, UK

Emergency field landing.  Engineer called.  Flew out later same day

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Royal Naval frigate HMS Monmouth conducts first in-service Wildcat landings

Royal Naval frigate HMS Monmouth conducts first in-service Wildcat landings

The squadron, the RN’s first to be equipped with the Wildcat, put its new aircraft through its paces on one of the ships the Wildcat will operate from on deployments when entering operational service in 2015. Wildcat is the Navy’s replacement for the Lynx that has been serving the Fleet for over 40 years. Although… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 09-Dec-13

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Navy AW159 joins RFA Argus for sea trials

Navy AW159 joins RFA Argus for sea trials

A special trials version of Wildcat – replacement for the trusty Lynx which has been in service since the 1970s – has joined aviation training/casualty treatment ship RFA Argus to gather crucial data to allow the helicopter fly from large Royal Navy warships. Wildcat will spend the bulk of its time operating from Royal Navy… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 30-Oct-13

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150 new homes bought for RNAS Yeovilton helicopter crews

150 new homes bought for RNAS Yeovilton helicopter crews

Nearly 150 new homes are being bought by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in south Somerset for military personnel moving to RNAS Yeovilton. It comes as 600 soldiers prepare to join the Yeovilton base from 1 Regiment Army Air Corps.  See full story

Source: BBC, 28-Oct-13

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V-22 lands on British carrier for first time in six years

V-22 lands on British carrier for first time in six years

Flown by the United States Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force, it is mainly a heavy lift troop carrier, and has been deployed in both combat and rescue operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Six years ago HMS Illustrious became the first non-US ship to fly an Osprey and was pleased to welcome one back… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 23-Sep-13

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Royal Navy’s specialist helicopter support squadron wins efficiency award

Royal Navy’s specialist helicopter support squadron wins efficiency award

The prestigious award is presented annually to the most efficient and effective squadron in the Navy’s Fleet Air Arm. 1710 was praised for completing more than 180 structural repairs on helicopters worldwide and carrying out wear-debris analysis on 19,000-plus samples. Also more than 30 modifications were made to improve operational capability and there were ‘exemplary’… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 20-Aug-13

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First five Merlin Mk2s delivered to Royal Navy

First five Merlin Mk2s delivered to Royal Navy

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first five AW101 Merlin HM Mk 2 helicopters have been delivered to the Royal Navy’s 824 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose  in Southwest England. A ceremony was held today at RNAS Culdrose to celebrate the formation of the Navy’s first Merlin HM Mk.2… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 29-Jul-13

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Royal Navy aircrew begin training on AW159 Wildcat

Royal Navy aircrew begin training on AW159 Wildcat

Five Fleet Air Arm pilots and observers are currently undergoing conversion training at the new Wildcat Training Centre at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton, with the helicopter – successor to the Lynx – just 18 months away from front line service. From the beginning of 2015, Wildcats will begin to relieve the Lynx as the mainstay… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 11-Jul-13

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UK – Patriot Aerospace wants to reopen Plymouth Airport as a heliport

UK – Patriot Aerospace wants to reopen Plymouth Airport as a heliport

Patriot Aerospace, the main aviation company within the Rigby Group plc, has had outline discussions with airport leaseholder the Sutton Harbour Group to reopen Plymouth Airport as a Heliport.  Patriot have a particular interest given they own British International who hold the Royal Navy FOST (Flag Officer Sea Training) contract operating two Dauphins see full story

Source: Plymouth Herald, 28-Jun-13

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CAE upgrades visuals on Royal Navy Lynx Mk8 full-mission simulator

CAE upgrades visuals on Royal Navy Lynx Mk8 full-mission simulator

CAE announced today at the International Training and Education Conference (ITEC), Europe’s leading showcase for military simulation and training, that the Royal Navy’s Lynx Mk8 full-mission simulator located at Royal Navy Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton is now in-service and ready-for-training following a major visual system upgrade. The visual system upgrade, which included the addition of… Read more »

Source: CAE, 22-May-13

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Serco extend Sea King maintenance contract

Serco extend Sea King maintenance contract

Serco has been awarded a contract extension by AgustaWestland Ltd to assist them in maintaining the fleet of Sea King aircraft for the Ministry of Defence under their Integrated Operational Support Contract.  The extension, which will run from April 2013 until December 2015, is worth over £7m for the two and a half year period… Read more »

Source: Serco, 30-Apr-13

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Royal Navy pilot honoured for outstanding airmanship and courage

Royal Navy pilot honoured for outstanding airmanship and courage

The 3,074ft Beinn Sgulaird is approximately 10 miles north east of Oban and it turned out to be a formidable foe during the course of this rescue. Lieutenant Commander Sweeney brought years of Commando Helicopter Force experience in similar conditions in the Arctic and Afghanistan to bear, allowing him not only to reassure his crew,… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 25-Mar-13

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Memories of jungle campaign re-lived through Borneo veteran

Memories of jungle campaign re-lived through Borneo veteran

Roger Bigden read about the trip to Borneo and made contact with the Squadron through the ‘Junglie Association’ on their website www.junglies.org.uk. He came to visit 845 NAS at RNAS Yeovilton to share his experiences of the 1960s Borneo campaign, and to present the Squadron with a map and photographs from his time there. Roger… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 11-Mar-13

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Unique Anglo-French link-up hailed a success,after hunting pirates.

Unique Anglo-French link-up hailed a success,after hunting pirates.

A dozen-strong team from 217 Flight – observer/flight commander Lt Mike Curd, pilot Lt Chris Southworth, senior maintenance rating CPO Matthew ‘Cakey’ Eccles and seven technicians, plus two Royal Marines snipers – return to base at RNAS Yeovilton just before mid-day on Friday (8 March). The highlight of the deployment – for the ship and… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 11-Mar-13

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First Navy Wildcat makes maiden flight

First Navy Wildcat makes maiden flight

The Wildcat has a more powerful engine, allowing it to be flown in extreme conditions all year round. It is also equipped with a more robust fuselage, a high-tech interactive display and a new radar system that provides 360-degree surveillance. The Wildcat HMA Mark 2 will carry Sting Ray torpedoes, a door-mounted, 0.5-inch heavy machine… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 29-Jan-13

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Royal Navy launches “60 years of SAR” at London Boat Show

Royal Navy launches “60 years of SAR” at London Boat Show

There is also the opportunity to get up close and personal with an Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC), as used by the Royal Marines. Measuring in at nine metres long and able to travel in excess of 35 knots, these craft were part of the Royal Navy’s commitment to keeping the public safe during the London… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 14-Jan-13

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Libya operation recognition for Naval Air Squadron personnel

Libya operation recognition for Naval Air Squadron personnel

The 4 servicemen from 815 Naval Air Squadron are among 1,500 Royal Navy personnel to receive medals for their part in the NATO-led Libya operation. The aircrew and engineers, based at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, were presented with NATO Operation Unified Protector medals for their participation in the Libya operation while serving with 217… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 10-Jan-13

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UK’s 847 Sqn completes Arizona hot-and-high training

UK’s 847 Sqn completes Arizona hot-and-high training

After a gruelling month-long training package in the hot and arid deserts of Arizona, 847 Naval Air Squadron personnel, along with their Lynx Mk9A aircraft, have made the 6,000-mile (9,700km) return journey to RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset. Why did 847 Naval Air Squadron go all the way to the US Naval Air Facility at El… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 28-Nov-12

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Royal Navy’s 815 Sqn nurtures French links

Royal Navy’s 815 Sqn nurtures French links

THE first Royal Navy Lynx helicopter to join a French frigate on a full counter-piracy deployment has arrived on board the ship in Toulon. As part of the initiative for the UK and French armed forces to work more closely together, the Lynx Mark 8 aircraft from Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton will deploy with… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 13-Nov-12

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Royal Navy helicopter deploys on French warship

Royal Navy helicopter deploys on French warship

The helicopter from 217 Flight (a flight from 815 Naval Air Squadron), headed up by Flight Commander Lieutenant Mike Curd, will join FLF Surcouf at her base in Toulon on Monday for a four-week training period. In November they will then deploy on Op Atalanta for four months as part of an initiative for the… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 22-Oct-12

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Olympic airspace restrictions begin

Olympic airspace restrictions begin

Extra airspace restrictions around London and the Southeast, designed to ensure a safe and secure London 2012 Olympic Games, began on Saturday 14th July. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and the Ministry of Defence have worked together to inform airspace users about the restrictions and how people can continue to… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 16-Jul-12

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Helicopter carrier opens to public ahead of Olympics duties

Helicopter carrier opens to public ahead of Olympics duties

The helicopter carrier HMS Ocean will berth at Greenwich this evening for her Olympics duties, and will be open to the public on Sunday, 15 July – a unique opportunity to tour the largest ship in the Royal Navy Fleet. After the training exercises earlier this year, HMS Ocean is returning to London for a… Read more »

Source: Ministry of Defence, 16-Jul-12

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854 Sqn bases Sea Kings at Northolt for Olympics

854 Sqn bases Sea Kings at Northolt for Olympics

Navy Sea Kings today flew into London as the military ring of steel for the Olympics tightened a fortnight before the Games begin. The helicopters from 854 Naval Air Squadron, normally based at Culdrose in Cornwall, will spend the next seven weeks flying from RAF Northolt in West London as part of the aerial shield… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 16-Jul-12

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AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat delivered to UK military

AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat delivered to UK military

A ceremony was held today at the Farnborough International Airshow, in the presence of the Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, to celebrate the successful delivery to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the new AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat multi-role helicopter. The first AW159 Wildcat was accepted in April 2012 and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Jul-12

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UK – Marines learn about AW101s from the Royal Air Force

UK – Marines learn about AW101s from the Royal Air Force

More than forty aircrew and engineers are laying the foundations for the future of the Commando Helicopter Force by getting to grips with its new aircraft – learning from the RAF. In under four years, the Merlin, not the redoubtable Sea King, will be the mainstay of global operations by the force, the wings of… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 04-Jul-12

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UK – First live fire tests of Hellfire from Apache

UK – First live fire tests of Hellfire from Apache

For the first time the tank-busting Hellfire missile has been fired in the UK as HMS Illustrious and the Army Air Corps let rip off the Scottish coast during the biggest military exercise of the year. Two Apache helicopters from 656 Squadron Army Air Corps fired one Hellfire missile each at a training target that… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 08-May-12

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UK – Improved helicopter facilities open at HMS Raleigh

UK – Improved helicopter facilities open at HMS Raleigh

The Torpoint base stepped in when Plymouth Airport closed and now serves as a ‘lily pad’  for helicopters working for the Flag Officer Sea Training. In their distinctive blue livery, two Dauphin helicopters which serve the RN’s premier training organisation are parked on new landing pads at HMS Raleigh. This is the new and improved… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 01-May-12

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UK – 845 Naval Air Squadron celebrates 50 years

UK – 845 Naval Air Squadron celebrates 50 years

The celebrations were held on 17th April to tie in with the RNAS Yeovilton Air Day launch, which in turn will commemorate 30 years since the Falklands Conflict. After being welcomed by Commander (Cdr) James Newton DFC, 845’s current Commanding Officer, the guests received an insight into what the squadron has been up to in… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 24-Apr-12

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UK – National Maritime Museum Cornwall takes delivery of Sea King

UK – National Maritime Museum Cornwall takes delivery of Sea King

National Maritime Museum Cornwall has just installed its biggest object to date as part of the forthcoming blockbuster Search & Rescue exhibition – a 70ft long, 16ft high, 6 tonne Sea King helicopter which had just 1½ inches of clearance through the Museum’s doors. National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s new Search & Rescue exhibition is just… Read more »

Source: National Maritime Museum, 28-Feb-12

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Royal Navy Admiral visits Arctic helicopter training base

Royal Navy Admiral visits Arctic helicopter training base

The Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Admiral George Zambellas, received a warm welcome last week, despite being 200 miles (322km) inside the Arctic Circle, when he visited the Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) training base in Bardufoss, Norway. The base, known as Clockwork JHC, provides survival and operational training and support facilities that enable aviation-capable units to survive, operate… Read more »

Source: UK MoD, 26-Feb-12

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Royal Navy “impressed” by AW159 Lynx Wildcat

Royal Navy “impressed” by AW159 Lynx Wildcat

The groundwork for the Navy’s next-generation helicopter has been completed after 20 days of demanding trials for the state-of-the-art Wildcat aboard HMS Iron Duke. The Portsmouth-based frigate sought the most challenging weather conditions around the UK a she took the Wildcat – successor to the long-serving Lynx – to sea to help write the rulebook… Read more »

Source: Royal Navy, 22-Feb-12

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