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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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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.

Thales Radar for the Royal Navy Merlin AEW Variant, 22-May-15 : Lockheed Martin UK, as the prime contractor for Crowsnest, have selected Thales as the chosen bidder to provide the radar and mission system for the Merlin Airborne Early Warning (AEW) variant

UK Sign 5 Another Years For AW101 Fleet Support, 26-Mar-15 : AgustaWestland signed €790M contract with UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) covering third five year period of the 25-year Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract for the AW101 Merlin fleet

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C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    50001 1987     ZF641: RN HM1; 2010 pictured (bot) 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
Mar13 stored at RAF Shawbury
    50017 hm.1     ZH823: 50017/RN03
Mar13 stored at RAF Shawbury
    50021 hm.1     ZH824: 50021/RN04. 829 sqd
    50025 hm.1     ZH825: 50025/RN05
Mar13 stored at RAF Shawbury
    50029 hm.1 1998     ZH826: 50029/RN06; 24jul99 asg 700Sqn at Fairford air show
hm.2 conv to HM.2 type MCSP01; Aug12 first airframe at Yeovil
28Jul16 HM.2 814 NAS/68-CU pictured at RNAS Culdrose for Air+
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 +
hm.2 conv to HM.2 type MCSP20; Jul14 820Sq (0)15
    50040 hm.1 1998     ZH828: RN from 1999 50040/RN08 in 2004 /CU-013 820Sqn. ; 2006 /CU-0+
20dec13 pictured (pic1) at Yeovil
07sep14 pictured as /88 (pic2) during Air Waves at Portrush
    50043 hm.1     ZH829: 50043/RN09; 2009 829Sq
hm.2 conv HM.2 type MCSP04, Nov14
    50051 hm.1     ZH830: 50051/RN10
    50053 hm.1 1999     ZH831: RN 50053/RN11; ff 04 Feb 1999; dd 11 Mar 1999, to CU; 700S+
2007 820Sqn /14 ; 2008 814Sqn /14 ; 2009 814Sqn /11
hm.2 Conv HM.2 type MCSP02, Mar14
QinetiQ ZH831: Sep14, AEW prototype, fitted with dual Crowsnest ASaC s+
    50057 hm.1     ZH832: 03+04 July 2010 829Sqn. on board HMS Richmond (F239). Partic+
Jul10 pictured departing from Pool of London on HMS Richmond+
hm.2 conv HM.2 type MCSP08; Apr13 824Sqn /(5)85
QinetiQ ZH832: 50057/RN12; 23jul02 QinetiQ
    50061 hm.1 1997     ZH833: 50061/RN13 f/f 03jun99, d/d 06jul99
18jul00 pictured (top) at RNAS Culdrose
2004 asg 829 NAS HQ
12nov13 pictured (bot) at Yeovil
hm.2 conv HM.2 type MCSP13; Apr14 829Sq
    50065 hm.1 1999     ZH834: 50065/RN14 d/d 2002. 2009 /86 824Sqn.
hm.2 conv HM.2 type MCSP07; Jun13 824Sqn /(5)84
    50067 hm.1     ZH835: 50067/RN15. 814Sqd
24jul13 pictured at RNAS Culdrose
    50072 hm.1 1999     ZH836: 50072/RN16; 2009 824Sqn
hm.2 Conv HM.2 type MCSP18; May14 829Sq /(0)01
11jul14 pictured (pic1) at RIAT 2014
Nov14 asg 829Sq, embarked HMS St Albans
19jul15 pictured (pic2) at RIAT 2015, HM.2 type. HMS St Alba+
Operating from HMS Ocean, with ZH850, during visit to Gibral+
    50074 hm.1     ZH837: 50074/RN17; 30jul09 pictured (pic1) at RNAS Culdrose as 829S+
2011 829Sqn /503
hm.2 conv HM.2 type MCSP11; Aug14 829Sq
28jul16 asg 829 NAS Sutherland Flt pictured (pic2) at RNAS C+
    50077 hm.1     ZH838: 50077/RN18; 20sep09 pictured (top) at Leopoldsburg-Beverlo a+
20jul11 as /86 of 824Sqn at RNAS Culdrose Air Day
05jul13 pictured (bot) at RAF Waddington
16-24jun14 814Sqn./70 Nato Tiger Meet 2014
    50081 hm.1 1999     ZH839: RN 50081/RN19 d/d 2000.; 2009 824Sqn./83
24jul13 pictured at RNAS Culdrose
    50085 hm.1 1999     ZH840: 700(M)Sq/537 by May 2003; to USA via Southampton Mar 2004, t+
Culdrose storage by 1985; 829Sq HQ Flt/501 by Nov 2006; 829S+
50085/RN20; 2006/09 829Sq /NL-38
829Sq Monmouth Flt/502 by Mar 2009 until May 2009; 824Sq/581+
2010 pictured as /81 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day
hm.2 conv HM.2 type MCSP19; Aug14 820Sq /(0)14
    50087 hm.1 1999     ZH841: RN 50087/RN21; 824Sqn; 2004 820Sqn /CU-012; 2011 829Sqn /502
19jul11 pictured (top) as /502 of 829 NAS at RNAS Culdrose
noted as 829NAS /502 aboard HMS Sutherland, while departing +
10mar13 pictured (bot) as 829Sqn /501 embarked HMS St Albans+
    50091 hm.1     ZH842: RN 50091/RN22
18jul00 pictured at RNAS Culdrose
2009 824Sqn /CU-88
hm.2 conv to HM.2 type MCSP10; Oct14 824Sq /(5)86
    50093 hm.1     ZH843: 50093/RN23; Royal Navy 814Sqn
hm.2 conv HM.2 type MCSP03, Feb12
    50101 hm.1 1999     ZH844: 50101/RN24. Crashed on an 824Sqn Observer instructor trainin+
this aircraft did not crash at RNAS Culdrose, this one ditch+
w/o 27 Oct 2000 off Raasay while conducting sonar trials wit+
2008 wreck at FSAIU (Yeovilton)
    50105 hm.1     ZH845: 50105/RN25; 2009 814Sqn
hm.2 conv to HM.2 type MCSP12; Nov13 824Sq (5)81
    50109 hm.1     ZH846: 50109/RN26; 2008 pictured (top) as 829 NAS during RNAS Culdr+
10sep13 pictured (bot) on HMS Defender at HMNB Devonport, P+
    50111 hm.1     ZH847: 50111/RN27
06jul08 pictured at RNAS Yeovilton, during Merlin role demon+
2009 824Sqn /13
    50116 hm.1 2000     ZH848: 50116/RN28 820Sqn ; 2004 824Sqn /LA-457
23oct07 pictured asg 824Sqn at RNAS Culdrose
829Sq St Albans Flt/503 Oct09 until c Aug10
    50118 hm.1 2000     ZH849: 50118/RN29
23oct05 pictured as 824Sqn /584-R at RNAS Culdrose
    50125 hm.1 2000     ZH850: 50125/RN30 d/d 09apr01; 814 Sq/266-R by Sep 2001 still Sep +
19jul11 pictured (pic1) as /12 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day
hm.2 conv HM.2 type MCSP09; Apr13 824Sqn /(5)80
05jul13 pictured (pic2) at RAF Waddington
24jul13 as 824Sqn /80 picture at RNAS Culdrose
17oct14 820Sqn /80 embarked RFA Argus for Sierra Leone
06apr15 pictured (pic3) disembarked for RNAS Culdrose from R+
Operating from HMS Ocean, with ZH836, during visit to Gibral+
    50127 hm.1     ZH851: 50127/RN31; 19jul11 pictured as /13 of 820Sqn at RNAS Culdro+
    50131 hm.1     ZH852: 50131/RN32. 829 sqn. ; IN 2004 /CU-583 824Sqn.
Feb.2012 on HMS Somerset (F82) in Malta
08jul12 pictured as 824Sqn /82 at RIAT air show
    50135 hm.1     ZH853: 50135/RN33; 2009 814Sqn
hm.2 conv HM.2 type MCSP06; Apr13 824Sqn /(5)83
    50139 hm.1     ZH854: 50139/RN34. 814Sqn. ; 2003 /CU-580 824Sqn. ; 2004 /CU-580 82+
10jul10 pictured as /84 Gawaine of 824Sqn during RNAS Yeovil+
    50143 hm.1     ZH855: 50143/RN35; 02jul11 pictured as 824Sqn /83 at RAF Waddington
16-24jun14 814Sqn./68 Nato Tiger Meet 2014
    50147 hm.1 2001     ZH856: d/d 20 Dec 2001, 814Sq/267 by Mar 2002 until Apr 2005, to AM+
50147/RN36 Royal Navy HM1; May 2011 pictured (top) at Southe+
26apr12 Falmouth exercise
hm.2 conv HM.2 type MCSP16; Feb14 820Sq /(0)13
13jul14 pictured (bot) on static display at Royal Internatio+
17oct14 820Sqn embarked RFA Argus for Sierra Leone. Disembar+
    50151 hm.1     ZH857: 50151/RN37
hm.2 conv HM.2 type MCSP17; Jul14 829Sq
    50155 hm.1 2000     ZH858: 50155/RN38; 2002-Apr05 as 829Sq Monmouth Flight
05sep09 as 829 NAS 04 Flt pictured (pic1) aboard HMS Northu+
Oct09 as 829 NAS (04) Northumberland Flt embarked HMS Northu+
2011 829Sqn /38
18apr11 as /538 pictured (pic2) at RNAS Culdrose
27jul12 as /83 pictured (pic3) at Falmouth, Cornwall
    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+
hm.2 conv HM.2 type MCSP27; Sep14 820Sq /(0)16
    50168 hm.1     ZH861: RN 50168/RN41.; 2003 824Sqn.; 2009 824Sqn./84
21jul13 pictured (top) at RIAT 2013 RAF Fairford
24jul13 pictured (top) as 829 NAS /10-NL at RNAS Culdrose
    50171 hm.1     ZH862: RN 50171/RN42; 2003 824Sqn ; 2004 820Sqn /CU-010
17jul10 pictured at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT+
hm.2 conv HM.2 type MCSP05; Feb13 824Sqn /(5)82
    50175 hm.1     ZH863: 50175/RN43; 20mar12 pictured on HMS St Albans in the Pool of+
RN; 2011 829Sqn.
    50179 hm.1 2002     ZH864: RN 50179/RN44 d/d 05 Dec 2002 Final RN airframe from first +
2003 824Sqn.; 2004 820Sqn./CU-011
19jul11 pictured (pic1) as 820Sqn /17 being towed at RNAS Cu+
May12 as 820Sqd /17 at RNAS Yeovilton
hm.2 conv HM.2 type MCSP14; Sep14 820Sq /(0)12
820Sq /17 Sep 2014 visited Gibraltar while operating from RF+
17oct14 820Sqn embarked RFA Argus for Sierra Leone
06apr15 pictured (pic3) disembarked for RNAS Culdrose from R+
    50049 hc.3 1999     ZJ118: hc.3i Nov15 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
02jul16 pictured as 846 NAS/B at RNAS Yeovilton during Air D+
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
hc.3i HC.3i type; 10jan16 visit to Gibraltar, with ZJ129.
846 NAS/E deployed to Gibraltar Aug 2016
Royal Air Force ZJ121: RAF; 2007 28Sqn./E

19nov13 pictured (top) at Yeovil
    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.
    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+
    50187 hc.3 2001     ZJ135: 846Sq by Mar16
16jun16 on my radar in South Wales the past few nights
hc.3i 02jul16 pictured (pic2) as 846Sq /T at RNAS Yeovilton during+
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
One of two 846 NAS Merlin HC.3i /U assigned to support the a+
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
hc.3i 02jul16 pictured as 846 NAS /W at RNAS Yeovilton during Air +
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
    56 C/N found in this Organisation

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