AgustaWestland EH101

Merlin HC.4



AgustaWestland Merlin HC.4

Announced 2014, the conversion of 25 RAF Mk 3 and 3A Merlin helicopters to be operated by the Royal Navy as the Commando Sea King HC.4 replacements. First flight October 2016

Model News

Royal Navy’ Merlins Reaches 200,000 Flight Hours, 29-Jan-19 : #Merlin Royal Navy EH101 Merlin fleet achieved 200.000 flight hours since entered service 1997. With the AEW Crowsnest about to enter service, the type is expected to serve at least until 2030s

Merlin Commando First Time on Type 23 Frigate, 04-Oct-18 : #Merlin4 For the first time a Merlin HC.4 landed on a Type 23 Frigate

Merlin Mk4 Deck Quals on HMS Queen Elizabeth, 20-Aug-18 : #westlant18 Royal Marine assault helicopters Merlin Mk4 from 845 Squadron will train with 42 Commando on HMS Queen Elizabeth as first step of Exercise West Lant 18, her first F-35 deck operations

First Commando Merlin Mk4 Delivered to Royal Navy, 24-May-18 : #commando UK Fleet Air Air took delivery of the first of 25 upgraded Commando Merlin Mk4 ( Merlin HC.4 ) to support the Royal Marines Commando Force

Merlin HC4 Makes Yeovilton Debut, 12-Jul-17 : First former RAF Merlin in new configuration HC4 was displayed at the Yeovilton Air Day 2017. Junglie Merlins, 25 to be delivered to the Commando Helicopter Force by 2020, are painted in pale grey

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List of Operators of AgustaWestland Merlin HC.4

From Organisation with model Merlin HC.4
united kingdom Fleet Air Arm
    EH101 1998/   
united kingdom AgustaWestland UK
    EH101 2000/   
united kingdom Fleet Air Arm

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50083 2000 UK ZJ120 : hc.3 RAF; 18jun11 pictured (pic1) at Kemble, England
28/78 Sq/D by Oct09. Part of 1st detachment of RAF Merl+
01may15 flying round Farnborough upper lambourn/uffingt+
UK ZJ120 : RN /D HC.4 type asg 845Sq by Jul18, pictured (pic2)
50099 2000 UK ZJ121 : hc.3 RAF; 2007 28Sqn./E
19nov13 pictured (pic1) at Yeovil
UK ZJ121 : RN 846Sqn; 19jul15 pictured (pic2) at RIAT 2015
08jan16 846Sqn./E at Nantes direction South
08jan16 846Sqn./E at Bordeaux direction Spain
hc.3i HC.3i type; 10jan16 visit to Gibraltar, with ZJ129.
846 NAS/E deployed to Gibraltar Aug 2016
Oct18 /E HC.4 type asg 845NAS first Commando Merlin l+
20 Aug 2018 embarked HMS Queen Elizabeth for WESTLANT 1+
845 NAS / E evacuation exercise from area around MCAF Q+
50113 2000 UK ZJ122 : hc.3 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
UK ZJ122 : Royal Navy /F from Aug15; Oct16 first flight of HC.4 ty+
08jul17 pictured (pic3) as first HC4 at Yeovilton airsh+
10sep17 as /F pictured (pic4) on the East Terrace of+
50133 2000 UK ZJ124 : hc.3 08mar03 HC.3 type 28Sqd./H at Rotterdam
24 Apr 2003 Conducted lifts of air conditioning units o+
RAF HC.3 /H; 17jul11 pictured (pic1) with 28Sqd at RAF +
UK ZJ124 : RN; Jan18 at Yeovil, being conv to HC4
13jul19 HC4 type as /H at RNAS Yeovilton
13Jul19, pictured (pic2) in the Commando Assault finale+
50137 2000 UK ZJ125 : hc.3 RAF
1419 Flt /J, in Iraq Jun 2009
23may11 as 78Sq /J pictured (pic1) at RAF Benson
UK ZJ125 : transferred to RN from RAF
to Agusta Westland for conversion to HC.4
13Jul19 as /J pictured (pic2) in the Commando Assault f+
50149 2001 UK ZJ127 : hc.3 RAF 50149/RAF11 in 2003 /L 28Sqn.
25feb17 rear fuselage and tail boom seen in storage yar+
UK ZJ127 : conv to fully marinised HC.4
UK ZJ127 : 08jul17 /L pictured at RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2017
50153 2001 UK ZJ128 : hc.3 50153/RAF12; 2003 /M 28Sqn; 19aug06 pictured (pic1) at +
UK ZJ128 : Sep17 as 845 NAS / M deployed to Caribbean for hurrican+
2018 conv to Commando Mk4 at Leonardo Yeovil
13jul19 HC4 type as /M at RNAS Yeovilton
13Jul19 as /M pictured (pic2) in the static display at +
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 HC.3I type; 10jan16 visit to Gibraltar with ZJ121.
UK ZJ129 : May18 /N conv to HC.4 completed for delivery to 845 NA+
03sep18 pictured (pic2) winching exercise with HMS Que+
UK ZJ129 : May 2018 re-delivered to Fleet Air Arm after upgrade.
20 Aug 2018 845 NAS Furious Flt / N, embarked HMS Quee+
845 NAS / N evacuation exercise from area around MCAF Q+
As 845 NAS / N, in formation with ZJ131 / P and ZJ134 /+
Apr 2019 noted operating from RFA Lyme Bay during JW19-+
50173 2001 UK ZJ131 : hc.3 RAF Merlin HC.3 28Sqn./P; 11may07 pictured (pic1) at E+
1419 Flt /P by Jun 2009; returned to UK to MDMF Culdros+
UK ZJ131 : hc.3i final Merlin delivered from RAF Benson to 845 NAS at Ye+
To AW / Leonardo Yeovil for conversion to HC.4 standard+
Visited Bournemouth as 845 NAS / P on 26 Oct 2018
As 845 NAS / P, in formation with ZJ129 / N and ZJ134 /+
13Jul19 as /P pictured (pic2) in the Hangar 7 display +
50183 2001 UK ZJ134 : hc.3 RAF
1419 Flt /S, in Iraq Jun 2009; MDMF Culdrose on 9 Jul 2+
23apr13 seen at the west coast of Wales
UK ZJ134 : RN; Oct16 846Sq /S in Bavaria, Germany
To AW / Leonardo Yeovil for conversion to HC.4 standard+
As 845 NAS / S, in formation with ZJ129 / N and ZJ131 /+
10 C/N.

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