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.
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
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.