25 ex RAF Merlin HC.3 and HC.3A airframes transferred to the Royal Navy to provide the Royal Marine Commando lift, during the retirement of the Sea King HC.4/HC.6 fleet. The HC.3/HC.3A transfer from the RAF began on 30 Sep 2014 and completed on 9 Jul 2015. 846 Squadron first unit to operate from Sep 2014. 845 Squadron will be the second FAA unit to stand up.
The HC.3 on transfer were not optimised for maritime operations and temporary marinisation work was undertaken to provide minimal capability (eg folding main rotors) under the Interim HC.3 (iHC.3) programme - in advance of the full conversion to HC.4 standard across the fleet.
The Merlin HC4 on display at Yeovilton Air Day 2017 was the second production Mk4 the first appeared before Air Day on a visit but it was the second aircraft complete with nose mounted FlIR Ball that was there on the Saturday
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
AW101 Merlin Mk4 Makes Maiden Flight, 21-Nov-16 : Leonardo is upgrading 25 ex RAF Merlin Mk3/3A to the ‘Junglie’ Mk4/4A standard as part of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP) contract to be delivered between 2017 and 2020
Royal Marines Merlin Mk4 First Flight, 28-Oct-16 : The AW101 Merlin Mk4, converted from ex RAF HC.3, replaced the Junglie Sea King HC.4 and will be the mainstay of British Commando Helicopter Force for the next decade and beyond
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).
New Merlin HC.4 Simulators at Yeovilton, 02-Jun-15 : A £51 million contract with Lockheed Martin will support Chinook Mk6 training and a £29 million contract has been awarded to AgustaWestland to provide Merlin Mk 4/4a aircrew Synthetic Training Devices
846 Naval Air Squadron Returns to Yeovilton, 27-Mar-15 : Having been based at RAF Benson for the last three years to be trained by the Royal Air Force, 846 Naval Air Squadron transition to the Merlin Mk.3 and return home to Yeovilton
General Dynamics UK awarded Merlin HC.4 contract, 08-Dec-14 : General Dynamics UK has been awarded a contract by AgustaWestland to provide mission system equipment for the UK AW101 Merlin Mk4/4a helicopters MLSP upgrade.
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| 01-Oct-14 - Royal Air Force Hand Over Merlin To Royal Navy |
14-Jul-14 - General Dynamics systems for Merlin Mk4
07-Feb-14 - QinetiQ to provide evaluation for Merlin MLSP
03-Jul-12 - UK Marines learn about AW101 at RAF Benson
|Years||Units||bold : Current base of the Unit|
|2017/||846 NAS|| RNAS Yeovilton |
List of Aircraft
|C/N||Built||ID In this Organisation||In other Org|
|50113||2000|| ZJ122: hc.4 Royal Navy /F from Aug15; Oct16 first flight of HC.4 type|| 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
|50149||2001|| ZJ127: hc.4 08jul17 /L pictured at RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2017|| ZJ127: RAF 50149/RAF11 in 2003 /L 28Sqn. |
25feb17 rear fuselage and tail boom seen in storage yar+
ZJ127: conv to fully marinised HC.4