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Royal Navy extends British International contract

Royal Navy extends British International contract

30-Apr-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed to HeliHub.com that the Royal Navy has extended the helicopter support contract for their Fleet Operational Sea Training (widely known by its “FOST” initials, and previously called Flag Officer Sea Training). This support programme for the Royal Navy is managed through the training establishment known as HMS Raleigh,... Read more

New “Crowsnest” AEW AW101 ready for Royal Navy service

New “Crowsnest” AEW AW101 ready for Royal Navy service

29-Mar-2021Source: Royal Navy

The first of the Royal Navy’s new ‘eyes in the sky’ has entered service – getting ready to protect the nation’s flagship. The first Merlin ‘Crowsnest’ helicopter – which scours the heavens with its radar looking for potential foes – will now begin operational training, ahead of the maiden deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth this... Read more

New Commander for RAF Chinook detachment in Mali

New Commander for RAF Chinook detachment in Mali

17-Mar-2021Source: Royal Air Force

A new British National Component Commander has taken command of the RAF Chinook detachment serving in Mali in support of the French Counter Insurgency Operation. Commander Colin Kiernan of the Royal Navy has taken over from Lieutenant Colonel Steve Brining of the Army Air Corps during a handover ceremony at Gao Airbase in Mali, West... Read more

RNAS Culdrose to control satellite airfield remotely

RNAS Culdrose to control satellite airfield remotely

5-Mar-2021Source: Royal Navy

High-resolution cameras, data feeds and sensors will enable Royal Navy air traffic controllers to manage the skies above Cornwall from a remote location. A new digital remote air traffic control tower is due to be installed for use by Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose’s satellite airfield at Predannack and will enable air traffic services to... Read more

Royal Navy opens new helipad facility in Plymouth

Royal Navy opens new helipad facility in Plymouth

18-Jan-2021Source: Royal Navy

HMNB Devonport has welcomed the first landing on its new, multi million pound, Helicopter Operating Facility. A Dauphin from the Fleet Helicopter Support Unit (FHSU) touched down at the new facility, where they will forward base away from their home airfield in Newquay, to facilitate Fleet Operational Sea Training (FOST) staff transfers to ships at... Read more

Permali to supply ballistic protection for Royal Navy Commando Merlin fleet

Permali to supply ballistic protection for Royal Navy Commando Merlin fleet

12-Dec-2019Source: Permali

Permali Gloucester Limited has been contracted by Leonardo Helicopters to supply a comprehensive ballistic protection solution for the Royal Navy’s new Commando Merlin Mk4 helicopters.  The requirement, valued at over £2 million, will create and sustain skilled composite manufacturing jobs at Permali’s factory in Gloucester, U.K.   The Commando Merlin is an advanced battlefield helicopter... Read more

Safran to continue supporting UK MOD

Safran to continue supporting UK MOD

26-Jun-2019Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a three-year support contract extension with the UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support agency, to provide an end-to-end availability service for the RTM322 engines fitted to Royal Navy Merlin and British Army Apache AH Mk1 helicopters. Covering a fleet of more than 400 engines, the contract represents a... Read more

AW159 Wildcat helps HMS Dragon to record eighth drugs haul – value  £145m in six months

AW159 Wildcat helps HMS Dragon to record eighth drugs haul – value £145m in six months

1-Apr-2019Source: UK Royal Navy

The Leonardo AW159 helicopter — dubbed the Wildcat by the Royal Navy — has helped HMS Dragon and 815 Naval Air Squadron net eight drug busts since last September, and U.K. authorities say the stashes of heroin, hashish, and crystal methamphetamine recovered mark a record for the Royal Navy. On March 17, HMS Dragon, a... Read more

Trials to launch and land Chinooks on RFA Tidesurge

Trials to launch and land Chinooks on RFA Tidesurge

15-Nov-2018Source: Royal Navy

While her sister pumps hundreds of tonnes of fuel into Britain’s new aircraft carrier, RFA Tidesurge is proving the £113m ships are more than mere tankers. The third of four large, fast tankers – built specifically to support the UK’s two Queen Elizabeth-class flagships – is carrying out trials with the largest helicopter on the... Read more

First Leonardo AW101 Commando Merlin delivered to the Commando

First Leonardo AW101 Commando Merlin delivered to the Commando

28-May-2018Source: Leonardo

Guto Bebb MP, Minister for Defence Procurement, announced the delivery of the first AW101 Commando Merlin Mk4 helicopter during a ceremony held at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton yesterday. The event marks a major milestone for Leonardo’s Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP) contract to convert 25 former Royal Air Force Merlin helicopters to fully marinised... Read more

Serco awarded extension to helicopter pilot training contract

Serco awarded extension to helicopter pilot training contract

31-Oct-2017Source: Serco

Serco has been awarded an eight-year extension to its contract with leading simulation technology specialist CAE to deliver helicopter pilot training and provide facilities management services for the Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) at RAF Benson. The state-of-the-art simulated training facility is used to train Royal Air Force and Royal Navy helicopter aircrew,... Read more

UK invests £90M in Helicopter training centre

UK invests £90M in Helicopter training centre

27-Oct-2017Source: The Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence has announced an over £90 million investment in a world-leading helicopter simulation centre to help train the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy helicopter pilots of the future. The simulators put pilots through their paces, replicating extreme real-life scenarios, from flying in blizzards or under enemy fire to dealing with power failures... Read more

First helicopter deck landing for RFA Tidespring

First helicopter deck landing for RFA Tidespring

23-Oct-2017Source: Royal Navy

A Merlin Mk2 helicopter lands on the deck of the first of the RFA’s new fleet of tankers for the first time. RFA Tidespring, the first of four 39,000 tonne Tide-Class tankers, completed her Air Sea Acceptance Trial with the helicopter from QinetiQ at Boscombe Down. Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Herbert, said: “Achieving the aviation... Read more

Royal Navy announces Osprey Trophy winner

Royal Navy announces Osprey Trophy winner

16-Aug-2017Source: UK Royal Navy

First-rate operational effectiveness of a RNAS Yeovilton-based Wildcat helicopter Flight was recognised with the award of the prestigious Osprey Trophy. The Osprey trophy was awarded to 209 Flight on 815 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) for their achievements whilst operationally embarked in RFA Mounts Bay. Over the past year 209 Flight have successfully undertaken a demanding... Read more

British Wildcats train with German Navy

British Wildcats train with German Navy

25-Jul-2017Source: Royal Navy

The Fleet Air Arm’s newest helicopter has proved it can deploy with the German Navy after seven weeks’ intensive training aboard the frigate Lübeck. A Wildcat helicopter from Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton joined a German warship throughout its pre-deployment training – the first time the Royal Navy’s newest operational helicopter has embarked with... Read more

First Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk.4 flies

First Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk.4 flies

24-Jul-2017Source: Royal Navy UK

Pale grey is the new green. This is the very first of the Royal Marines new steeds to drop in on its future home. This is a second-generation battlefield Merlin, factory model MLSP 1, tail number ZJ122, making a brief debut at Yeovilton. It went into the factory at nearby Leonardo (previously Agusta-Westland) in Yeovil... Read more

Change of RNAS Culdrose Second in Command

Change of RNAS Culdrose Second in Command

16-May-2017Source: RNAS Culdrose

Last Friday saw an end of era as second in Command at RNAS Culdrose, the Executive Officer, Commander Ian Fitter handed over to long term Culdrose aviator Commander Paul ‘Rex’ Harrison. Commander Fitter joined Culdrose as the Executive officer in April 2015. He thoroughly enjoyed being back home, both professionally, as he spent much of... Read more

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

6-Mar-2017Source: UK's Royal Navy

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

British Wildcats Struggle with Data Transfer

British Wildcats Struggle with Data Transfer

21-Feb-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

Captain Eric Browns medal’s home safe to be exhibited

Captain Eric Browns medal’s home safe to be exhibited

31-Jan-2017Source: Royal Navy

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

Royal Navy Rescue Duo Receives Royal Honours

Royal Navy Rescue Duo Receives Royal Honours

30-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

Thales at the heart of Royal Navy fleet protection

Thales at the heart of Royal Navy fleet protection

26-Jan-2017Source: Thales Group

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

First Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk4 makes its maiden flight

First Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk4 makes its maiden flight

23-Nov-2016Source: Leonardo Group

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

Leonardo takes SW-4 UAV to  Unmanned Warrior 2016

Leonardo takes SW-4 UAV to Unmanned Warrior 2016

23-Nov-2016Source: Leonardo

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

Royal Marines new helicopter completes its maiden flight

Royal Marines new helicopter completes its maiden flight

1-Nov-2016Source: Royal Navy

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

Lockheed Martin updates last of 30 AW101 Merlins for UK military

Lockheed Martin updates last of 30 AW101 Merlins for UK military

10-Aug-2016Source: Lockheed Martin

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

Royal Navy Lynx instructors awarded Trophy with support from CAE

Royal Navy Lynx instructors awarded Trophy with support from CAE

1-Aug-2016Source: Royal Navy

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

Royal Navy engineers modify Army Gazelle

Royal Navy engineers modify Army Gazelle

15-Jun-2016Source: Royal Navy

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

British military thanks landing site owners

British military thanks landing site owners

8-Jun-2016Source: Royal Navy

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

Black Cats team ready for 30 air shows

Black Cats team ready for 30 air shows

18-May-2016Source: Royal Navy

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

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

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

20-Apr-2016Source: Royal Navy

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

Royal Navy SAR Sea Kings leave Culdrose for the last time

Royal Navy SAR Sea Kings leave Culdrose for the last time

13-Apr-2016Source: Royal Navy

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

Wildcat becomes first helicopter to land at St Helena Airport

Wildcat becomes first helicopter to land at St Helena Airport

27-Oct-2015Source: Royal Navy

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

First Upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 Delivered to Royal Navy

First Upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 Delivered to Royal Navy

20-Oct-2015Source: AgustaWestland

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

Babcock win large Royal Navy helicopter maintenance contract

Babcock win large Royal Navy helicopter maintenance contract

19-Oct-2015Source: Babcock

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

Royal Navy ASW Merlin Mk2 achieves Full Operating Capability

Royal Navy ASW Merlin Mk2 achieves Full Operating Capability

18-Sep-2015Source: Royal Navy

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

Sea King forms heart of Fleet Air Arm Museum exhibition

Sea King forms heart of Fleet Air Arm Museum exhibition

17-Aug-2015Source: Western Gazette

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... Read more

Plan for new military helipad in Plymouth

Plan for new military helipad in Plymouth

21-Jul-2015Source: The Herald

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

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

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

2-Jul-2015Source: Express & Star

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... Read more

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

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

16-Jun-2015Source: Mirror

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... Read more

Bristow UK picks Danzer modular buildings for Lydd SAR base

Bristow UK picks Danzer modular buildings for Lydd SAR base

3-Jun-2015Source: AV Group

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

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

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

3-Jun-2015Source: RAF

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

Thales Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system picked for British AW101

Thales Searchwater radar and Cerberus mission system picked for British AW101

2-Jun-2015Source: Thales

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

Royal Navy Sea King tests new Glasgow hospital helipad

Royal Navy Sea King tests new Glasgow hospital helipad

21-May-2015Source: Daily Records

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... Read more

Bristow Group Names Government Portfolio Director

Bristow Group Names Government Portfolio Director

17-Apr-2015Source: Bristow

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

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

13-Apr-2015Source: Daily Mail

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... Read more

UK military extends AW101 suppert contact with AgustaWestland by five years

UK military extends AW101 suppert contact with AgustaWestland by five years

27-Mar-2015Source: AgustaWestland

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

Decorated Helicopter Rescue Pilot visits Museum

Decorated Helicopter Rescue Pilot visits Museum

26-Mar-2015Source: The Helicopter 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

BAE Systems wins AW159 Wildcat mission planning system contract

BAE Systems wins AW159 Wildcat mission planning system contract

18-Feb-2015Source: BAE

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

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

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

16-Feb-2015Source: Royal Navy

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

Charity air ambulance marks 500th emergency call out milestone

Charity air ambulance marks 500th emergency call out milestone

16-Feb-2015Source: STV

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... Read more

Ultra awarded UK Merlin Sonobuoy Capability contract

Ultra awarded UK Merlin Sonobuoy Capability contract

13-Feb-2015Source: Ultra Electronics

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

Lynx pilot gets Royal Navy wings from Prince Andrew

Lynx pilot gets Royal Navy wings from Prince Andrew

30-Jan-2015Source: BBC News

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

814 Naval Air Squadron retire Merlin Mk.1

814 Naval Air Squadron retire Merlin Mk.1

20-Nov-2014Source: Western Morning News

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... Read more

Busy helicopter squadron see 10 years with Merlin

Busy helicopter squadron see 10 years with Merlin

3-Nov-2014Source: Royal Navy

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

RAF officially hands over Merlins to Royal Navy

RAF officially hands over Merlins to Royal Navy

2-Oct-2014Source: RAF

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

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

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

5-Aug-2014

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

Merlin training squadron gets new man at the helm

Merlin training squadron gets new man at the helm

5-Aug-2014Source: Royal Navy

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

Royal Navy’s sub-hunting helicopters enter service early

Royal Navy’s sub-hunting helicopters enter service early

17-Jul-2014Source: Royal Navy

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

AgustaWestland Awarded AW159 Wildcat FASGW Missile Integration Contract

AgustaWestland Awarded AW159 Wildcat FASGW Missile Integration Contract

17-Jul-2014Source: AgustaWestland

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

Royal Navy tests Merlin Mk2 to the max

Royal Navy tests Merlin Mk2 to the max

20-Mar-2014Source: Royal Navy

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

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

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

17-Jan-2014

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

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

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

9-Dec-2013Source: Royal Navy

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

Navy AW159 joins RFA Argus for sea trials

Navy AW159 joins RFA Argus for sea trials

30-Oct-2013Source: Royal Navy

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

150 new homes bought for RNAS Yeovilton helicopter crews

150 new homes bought for RNAS Yeovilton helicopter crews

28-Oct-2013Source: BBC

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... Read more

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

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

23-Sep-2013Source: Royal Navy

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

Royal Navy’s specialist helicopter support squadron wins efficiency award

Royal Navy’s specialist helicopter support squadron wins efficiency award

20-Aug-2013Source: Royal Navy

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

First five Merlin Mk2s delivered to Royal Navy

First five Merlin Mk2s delivered to Royal Navy

29-Jul-2013Source: AgustaWestland

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

Royal Navy aircrew begin training on AW159 Wildcat

Royal Navy aircrew begin training on AW159 Wildcat

11-Jul-2013Source: UK MoD

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

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

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

28-Jun-2013Source: Plymouth Herald

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... Read more

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

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

22-May-2013Source: CAE

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

Serco extend Sea King maintenance contract

Serco extend Sea King maintenance contract

30-Apr-2013Source: Serco

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

Royal Navy pilot honoured for outstanding airmanship and courage

Royal Navy pilot honoured for outstanding airmanship and courage

25-Mar-2013Source: Royal Navy

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

Memories of jungle campaign re-lived through Borneo veteran

Memories of jungle campaign re-lived through Borneo veteran

11-Mar-2013Source: Royal Navy

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

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

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

11-Mar-2013Source: Royal Navy

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

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