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French Navy

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  • Aéronautique Navale NH90 NFH
  • Aéronautique Navale NH90 NFH

The NH90 NFH Caiman replaced the Super Frelon and Lynx and entered operational service in the Marine Nationale on December 8, 2011. At the time 5 of the 27 on order were already delivered. 13 of them will have a rear loading ramp, allowing them to carry out combat assault missions. The other 14 will be used in the antisubmarine role.
First NH-90 (to specification Etandard 1) delivered to 10S on 5 May 2010. All airframes will arrive at 10S, before being issued to either 31F or 33F after rigorous flight testing. The 4th delivery from NH was also the first to specification Etandard 2.

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15th NH90 Caiman Delivered to French Navy, 21-Sep-15 : The French Navy took delivery of its 15th (of 27 ordered) NH90 NFH “Caiman Marine” helicopter. As of today, 249 NH90 of all variants have been delivered to 13 countries

14th NH90 Caiman Delivered to French Navy, 21-Aug-15 : Fourteen and last Step B NH90 NFH Caiman was delivered to the French Navy and assigned to the 33F Squadron

French Navy NH90 Achieves IOC with MU90 Torpedo, 13-Mar-15 : French Navy NH90 Caiman helicopter achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) missions with the MU90 Torpedo

First NH90 NFH B version to French Navy, 21-Dec-12 : Eurocopter today achieved a new milestone in its NH90 program with two ceremonies held at its Marignane facility near Marseille in the south of France, during which the manufacturer delivered Belgium’s first NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) in the presence of the Belgian Defense Minister Pieter de Crem; along with the French DGA defense procurement agency’s first NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH), in its naval Step B version, to be used by the French Navy.

First deck landing of NH.90 Caiman on FREMM Aquitaine, 08-Mar-12 : Having successfully conducted deck landing in January to qualify the FREMM Aquitaine flight deck for a Lynx five-tonne class helicopter, DCNS, the French Navy and the DGA organised the first deck landings of a Caiman Marine ten-tonne class helicopter on board the same frigate. As in the previous trials with the Lynx, French Navy pilots appreciated the absence of turbulence above the flight deck in all landing positions.

NH90 Caiman Marine completes first SAR mission, 19 rescued, 16-Dec-11 : At 2am on Friday December 16th 2011, the cargo ship TK Bremen ran aground 2km south of the mouth of the Etel river on the Brittany coast of France.

French Navy NH90s entered operational service, 09-Dec-11 : French Navy NH90 Caiman has officially entered operational service at the naval aviation base Lanveoc Poulmic


YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
2012/    31F d'Hyeres Le Palyvestre
2011/    33F Lanvéoc-Poulmic
2010/    10S d'Hyeres Le Palyvestre


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C/NBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    1018     1: 1018/NFRS001; Marine Nationale
Eurocopter France F-ZWTO: Eurocopter; to FN as 1
    1252     10: FN 31F Jun14, test serial F-XHFJ;
    1278     11: FN, test serial F-XHFK; Mar14 33F
    1300     12: FN, test serial F-XHFL, F-ZWCF; Jun15 33F; pictured
    1301     13: FN, test serial F-XHFM, F-ZKBS
    1302     14: FN d/d 17jul15, test serial F-XHFN
    1303 2015     15: FN d/d 21sep15 , test serial F-XHFO
    1304     16: FN d/d Feb16, test serial F-XHFP, F-ZKBD
    1339     17: FN from Jun16 10S; 24jun16 d/d 31F
Airbus Helicopters France F-ZKBL: Airbus Helicopters France, test serial F-XHFQ
    1020     2: 1020/NFRS002; FN d/d Jun 2010
    1055     3: FN; 2011 10S/CEPA
    1075 2010     4: 19jun11 pictured (pic1) with 10S/CEPA at static meeting Aeri+
    1093     5: FN 33F Mar13, test serial F-XHFE
    1163     6: FN; 2011 10S/CEPA
    1181     7: FN; Oct11 seen as F-ZWDG w 1181 paper
    1243     8: FN, test serial F-ZWDF; Jun16 33F
    1251     9: FN, test serial F-ZWBT

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