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.
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
|Years||Units||bold : Current base of the Unit|
|2012/||31F|| d'Hyeres Le Palyvestre |
|2011/||33F|| Lanvéoc-Poulmic |
|2010/||10S|| d'Hyeres Le Palyvestre |
List of Aircraft
|C/N||Built||ID In this Organisation||In other Org|
|1018|| 1: 1018/NFRS001; Marine Nationale|| 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|| 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|