7-Apr-2010 Source: Royal Navy
Mr Quentin Davies MP, (the Minister for Defence Equipment and Support) took time out from an extremely hectic schedule, which included a visit to AgustaWestlands aircraft factory in Yeovil, to receive a Command update from Captain Jon Pentreath RN, CO Commando Helicopter Force on the Forceâ€™s current operations in Afghanistan.
The main purpose of the Ministerâ€™s visit to AgustaWestlands was to announce a new multi million pound Government contract to upgrade the Lynx Mk 9 A helicopter that will enable it to cope with the hot weather and high altitude flying conditions in Afghanistan. These modified helicopters will be used by 847 NAS when they deploy to Theatre early 2011.
Before departing Yeovilton, the Minister talked with personnel from 845 and 846 NAS Sea King and 847 NAS Lynx who have served on operations in Afghanistan and also paid tribute to the vital role undertaken by Royal Navy and Royal Marine support personnel and helicopter crews in an extremely challenging environment.