AgustaWestland eh.101

Merlin HC.3i


Royal Navy interim variant until HC.4 is ready. Seven HC.3 modified with folding rotor heads

Model News

Royal Navy Merlin Deployed Aboard French Mistral, 05-Apr-17 : For the first time, two Merlins helicopters from Royal Navy 845 NAS are assigned to the French assault ship Mistral throughout her six-month deployment to the Indian and Pacific Oceans

846 Squadron Female Pilot Named in Awards, 17-Jun-16 : Royal Navy 846 Naval Air Squadron Junglie Merlin pilot Lieutenant Natalie Grainger named one of the country’s top 100 rising stars in the female-only We Are The City awards.

Royal Marines Merlin iMk3 Aboard HMS Ocean, 29-Mar-16 : Transferred from the RAF, the green Merlins HC.3i (interim) of 846 Naval Air Squadron joined Britain’s flagship HMS Ocean for amphibious training. They replaced the recently retired Junglie Sea King

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 Received Interim Merlin iMk3, 14-Oct-15 : Royal Navy 846 Naval Air Squadron received first of 7 next-generation Merlin iMk3, ‘i’ for interim, which will carry Royal Marines into battle until reception of the final HC.4 late 2017

List of Operators of AgustaWestland Merlin HC.3i

From Organisation with model Merlin HC.3i
united kingdom Fleet Air Arm
    eh.101 44 1998/   
united kingdom Fleet Air Arm
    7 2015/   

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50049 1999 UK ZJ118 : hc.3 RAF 50049/RAF02 f/f 14jun99 at Yeovil
UK ZJ118 : First visit to RAF Benson by Merlin HC.3, flown by A&AE+
UK ZJ118 : 2007 28 Sqn /B
UK ZJ118 : Nov15 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
02jul16 pictured as 846 NAS/B at RNAS Yeovilton during +
50099 2000 UK ZJ121 : hc.3 RAF; 2007 28Sqn./E
19nov13 pictured (top) at Yeovil
UK ZJ121 : RN 846Sqn; 19jul15 pictured (bot) at RIAT 2015
08jan16 846Sqn./E at Nantes direction South
08jan16 846Sqn./E at Bordeaux direction Spain
HC.3i type; 10jan16 visit to Gibraltar, with ZJ129.
846 NAS/E deployed to Gibraltar Aug 2016
50141 2000 UK ZJ126 : hc.3 RAF 50141/RAF10 in June 2009 /K 28/78Sqn.
31Jul14 pictured (pic2) with 78 Sq/K markings on std si+
UK ZJ126 : Apr15 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
10sep17 pictured under heavy rain on ferry stop at San +
22mar18 23:45hs callsign REN5 flying round Braintree Es+
50167 2001 UK ZJ129 : hc.3 RN; 01may05 as 28Sqn /N pictured (pic1) at Abingdon
2007 28Sqn /N
UK ZJ129 : 08jan16 846Sqn /N at Nantes direction South
08jan16 846Sqn /N at Bordeaux direction Spain
HC.3I type; 10jan16 visit to Gibraltar with ZJ121.
UK ZJ129 : hc.4 May18 /N conv to HC.4 completed for delivery to 845 NA+
03sep18 pictured (pic2) winching exercise with HMS Que+
50169 2001 UK ZJ130 : hc.3 08mar03 HC.3 type 28Sqd./O at Rotterdam
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
UK ZJ130 : 02jul16 pictured (pic2) as 846Sq /O at RNAS Yeovilton d+
50173 2001 UK ZJ131 : hc.3 RAF Merlin HC.3 28Sqn./P; 11may07 pictured at Elwood H+
1419 Flt /P by Jun 2009; returned to UK to MDMF Culdros+
UK ZJ131 : final Merlin delivered from RAF Benson to 845 NAS at Ye+
50177 2001 UK ZJ132 : hc.3 RAF Merlin HC.3; 06may12 pictured at Abingdon Air Show
UK ZJ132 : Royal Navy HC3i; 30jun17 /Q RNAS Yeovilton
29 Aug 2017 845 NAS/Q embarked HMS Ocean for 4 month M+
22 Sep 2017 joined Caribbean relief effort when ship ar+
50187 2001 UK ZJ135 : hc.3 RAF HC.3; 27aug09 pictured (pic1) at RAF Benson
UK ZJ135 : 846Sq by Mar16
16jun16 on my radar in South Wales the past few nights
02jul16 pictured (pic2) as 846Sq /T at RNAS Yeovilton d+
50191 2001 UK ZJ136 : hc.3 RAF HC.3 d/d 29apr02
23may11 pictured as /U at RAF Benson.
UK ZJ136 : Dec15 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
One of two 846 NAS Merlin HC.3i /U assigned to support +
50195 2002 UK ZJ137 : hc.3 RAF 50195/RAF21.; 2003 28Sqn./W
UK ZJ137 : Jan16 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
02jul16 pictured as 846 NAS /W at RNAS Yeovilton during+
10 C/N.