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  • Fleet Air Arm eh.101
  • Fleet Air Arm eh.101

1998 - 44 HM.1 Merlin
2012 - 30 to be upgraded as HM.2
2014 - ex RAF HC.3 for the Royal Marine Commando, during retirement of Sea King HC.4/HC.6 fleet.
2015 - HC.3i interim variant awaiting for the HC.4
2016 - Mk.4 variant for the Royal Marines Commando (MLSP)
2018 - Mk.5 AEW variant Crowsnest


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Merlin First aircraft to Land on HMS Queen Elizabeth, 04-Jul-17 : A Merlin helicopter from 820 Naval Air Squadron has become the first aircraft to ever land on HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s biggest warship

Lockheed Martin 25 Years with Royal Navy Merlin, 17-Oct-16 : Lockheed Martin UK celebrating 25th Anniversary supporting Royal Navy’s Merlin helicopter. First contract for the Merlin Mk1 signed October 9, 1991

30th Merlin HM.2 Delivered to Royal Navy, 28-Jul-16 : Ceremony to mark the handover of the 30th and final Merlin Mk.2 by Leonardo and Lockheed Martin UK at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil

814 Naval Squadron ASW Exercise in the Mediterranean, 09-Mar-16 : Royal Navy 814 NAS two Merlin Mk2 Helicopters flew across Europe over two days in order to participate in Exercise Dynamic Manta 16 NATO’s largest Anti-Submarine exercise in the Mediterranean

Royal Navy Merlin HM.2 First Gulf Deployment, 02-Dec-15 : Royal Navy Merlin Mk2 helicopter in first Middle East deployment aboard HMS St Albans type 23 frigate

First Upgraded Merlin HC.3 to Royal Navy, 19-Oct-15 : The first of seven upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 helicopters were delivered to the Royal Navy as part of Phase 1 of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP).

Royal Navy Merlin HM.2 Declared Fully Operational, 15-Sep-15 : Lockheed Martin UK delivered 24 of the 30 airframes that were to be upgraded as part of the Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme (MCSP) ahead of time and on budget.

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Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    50001 1987     ZF641: RN HM1; 2010 pictured (pic2) i/a as SFDO /641 at Culdrose
Westland PP1: First british development aircraft first flight 9 Oct 1+
    50005 1989     ZF649: 2006 pictured at HMS Sultan/Gosport
Westland PP5: Westland, f/f 24oct89

First standard Naval Merlin used in sea trails on HMS N+
    50011 hm.1     ZH821: 50011/RN01; 2013 str
    50013 hm.1     ZH822: 50013/RN02
    50017 hm.1     ZH823: 50017/RN03
    50021 hm.1     ZH824: 50021/RN04. 829 sqd
    50025 hm.1     ZH825: 50025/RN05
    50029 hm.1 1998     ZH826: hm.2 conv to HM.2 type MCSP01; Aug12 first airframe at Yeovil
Ministry of Defence (MoD) ZH826: detached from Boscombe Down to conduct Merlin HM.2 firs+
    50037 hm.1     ZH827: 50037/RN07; pictured during RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2008 with +
    50040 hm.1 1998     ZH828: RN from 1999 50040/RN08 in 2004 /CU-013 820Sqn. ; 2006 /CU-0+
    50043 hm.1     ZH829: 50043/RN09; 2009 829Sq
    50051 hm.1     ZH830: 50051/RN10
    50053 hm.1 1999     ZH831: 2007 820Sqn /14 ; 2008 814Sqn /14 ; 2009 814Sqn /11
QinetiQ ZH831: Sep14, AEW prototype, fitted with dual Crowsnest ASaC s+
    50057 hm.1     ZH832: Jul10 pictured departing from Pool of London on HMS Richmond+
QinetiQ ZH832: 50057/RN12; 23jul02 QinetiQ
    50061 hm.1 1997     ZH833: 2004 asg 829 NAS HQ
    50065 hm.1 1999     ZH834: 50065/RN14 d/d 2002. 2009 /86 824Sqn.
    50067 hm.1     ZH835: 50067/RN15. 814Sqd
    50072 hm.1 1999     ZH836: 50072/RN16; 2009 824Sqn
    50074 hm.1     ZH837: 50074/RN17; 30jul09 pictured (pic1) at RNAS Culdrose as 829S+
    50077 hm.1     ZH838: 50077/RN18; 20sep09 pictured (top) at Leopoldsburg-Beverlo a+
    50081 hm.1 1999     ZH839: RN 50081/RN19 d/d 2000.; 2009 824Sqn./83
    50085 hm.1 1999     ZH840: 50085/RN20; 2006/09 829Sq /NL-38
    50087 hm.1 1999     ZH841: RN 50087/RN21; 824Sqn; 2004 820Sqn /CU-012; 2011 829Sqn /502
    50091 hm.1     ZH842: RN 50091/RN22
    50093 hm.1     ZH843: 50093/RN23; Royal Navy 814Sqn
    50101 hm.1 1999     ZH844: 50101/RN24. Crashed on an 824Sqn Observer instructor trainin+
    50105 hm.1     ZH845: 50105/RN25; 2009 814Sqn
    50109 hm.1     ZH846: 50109/RN26; 2008 pictured (top) as 829 NAS during RNAS Culdr+
    50111 hm.1     ZH847: 2009 824Sqn /13
    50116 hm.1 2000     ZH848: 50116/RN28 820Sqn ; 2004 824Sqn /LA-457
    50118 hm.1 2000     ZH849: 50118/RN29
    50125 hm.1 2000     ZH850: 19jul11 pictured (pic1) as /12 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day
    50127 hm.1     ZH851: 50127/RN31; 19jul11 pictured as /13 of 820Sqn at RNAS Culdro+
    50131 hm.1 2001     ZH852: 50131/RN32. 829 sqn. ; IN 2004 /CU-583 824Sqn.
    50135 hm.1     ZH853: 50135/RN33; 2009 814Sqn
    50139 hm.1     ZH854: 10jul10 pictured as /84 Gawaine of 824Sqn during RNAS Yeovil+
    50143 hm.1     ZH855: 50143/RN35; 02jul11 pictured as 824Sqn /83 at RAF Waddington
    50147 hm.1 2001     ZH856: 26apr12 Falmouth exercise
    50151 hm.1     ZH857: 50151/RN37
    50155 hm.1 2000     ZH858: 50155/RN38; 2002-Apr05 as 829Sq Monmouth Flight
    50159 hm.1     ZH859: 50159/RN39, 824Sqn /854; w/o 30mar04 crashed at RNAS Culdros+
    50164 hm.1     ZH860: 50164/RN40. 829 sqn; 16may11 pictured at NATO Tiger Meet (n+
    50168 hm.1     ZH861: RN 50168/RN41.; 2003 824Sqn.; 2009 824Sqn./84
    50171 hm.1     ZH862: RN 50171/RN42; 2003 824Sqn ; 2004 820Sqn /CU-010
    50175 hm.1 2002     ZH863: 50175/RN43; 20mar12 pictured on HMS St Albans in the Pool of+
    50179 hm.1 2002     ZH864: 2003 824Sqn.; 2004 820Sqn./CU-011
    50049 hc.3 1999     ZJ118: hc.3i Nov15 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
Royal Air Force ZJ118: RAF 50049/RAF02 f/f 14jun99 at Yeovil

2007 28 Sqn /B
    50099 hc.3 2000     ZJ121: RN 846Sqn; 19jul15 pictured (bot) at RIAT 2015
Royal Air Force ZJ121: RAF; 2007 28Sqn./E

19nov13 pictured (top) at Yeovil
    50113 hc.3 2000     ZJ122: hc.4 Royal Navy /F from Aug15; Oct16 first flight of HC.4 type
Royal Air Force ZJ122: RAF 50113/RAF06 f/f 26jun00 d/d 11dec00; /F

Jul06 pictured (pic1) as 28 Sqn /F at RAF Fairford

29sep08 pictured (pic2) at Al Fao, Iraq

1419 Flt /F, in Iraq Jun 2009

07aug13 emergency landing in a field at Old Colwyn. no +

11jul14 at Fairford for RIAT 2014

13apr15 leaving Brize Norton
    50141 hc.3 2000     ZJ126: hc.3i Apr15 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
Royal Air Force ZJ126: RAF 50141/RAF10 in June 2009 /K 28/78Sqn.
    50149 hc.3 2001     ZJ127: hc.4 08jul17 /L pictured at RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2017
Royal Air Force ZJ127: RAF 50149/RAF11 in 2003 /L 28Sqn.

25feb17 rear fuselage and tail boom seen in storage yar+

AgustaWestland UK ZJ127: conv to fully marinised HC.4
    50167 hc.3 2001     ZJ129: hc.3i HC.3I type; 10jan16 visit to Gibraltar with ZJ121.
Royal Air Force ZJ129: RN; 01may05 pictured as 28Sqn /N at Abingdon

2007 28Sqn./N
    50169 hc.3 2001     ZJ130: hc.3i 02jul16 pictured (pic2) as 846Sq /O at RNAS Yeovilton during+
Royal Air Force ZJ130: RAF; 2007 28Sqn./O

28/78 Sq/O by Oct 2009. Part of 1st detachment of RAF M+

21jul13 pictured (pic1) as /O at RIAT 2013 RAF Fairford
    50173 hc.3 2001     ZJ131: hc.3i final Merlin delivered from RAF Benson to 845 NAS at Yeovilt+
Royal Air Force ZJ131: RAF Merlin HC.3 28Sqn./P; 11may07 pictured at Elwood H+

1419 Flt /P by Jun 2009; returned to UK to MDMF Culdros+
    50177 hc.3 2001     ZJ132: hc.3i Royal Navy HC3i; 30jun17 /Q RNAS Yeovilton
Royal Air Force ZJ132: RAF Merlin HC.3; 06may12 pictured at Abingdon Air Show
    50183 hc.3 2001     ZJ134: RN; Oct16 846Sq /S in Bavaria, Germany
Royal Air Force ZJ134: RAF

1419 Flt /S, in Iraq Jun 2009; MDMF Culdrose on 9 Jul 2+

23apr13 seen at the west coast of Wales
    50187 hc.3 2001     ZJ135: 846Sq by Mar16
Royal Air Force ZJ135: RAF HC.3; 27aug09 pictured (pic1) at RAF Benson
    50191 hc.3 2001     ZJ136: hc.3i Dec15 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
Royal Air Force ZJ136: RAF HC.3 d/d 29apr02

23may11 pictured as /U at RAF Benson.
    50195 hc.3 2002     ZJ137: hc.3i Jan16 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
Royal Air Force ZJ137: RAF 50195/RAF21.; 2003 28Sqn./W
    50121 mk512 2005     ZJ994: hc.3a 02jul16 pictured as 845 NAS /AC at RNAS Yeovilton during Air+
Royal Air Force ZJ994: Delivered to RDAF as M-505 on 2 Feb 2006. Returned to +

Royal Danish Air Force M-505: 50121/DEN05 return to UK as ZJ994

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