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
RFA Argus Merlin Rescues Kayakers in the Caribbean, 23-Jun-20 : #kayakers A Royal Navy Commando Merlin HC4 helicopter attached to the support ship RFA Argus currently deployed in the Caribbean rescued three missing kayakers off the Cayman Islands
Merlin Lands on River Batch 2 OPV, 13-May-20 : #Merlin A Royal Navy Merlin HC.4 landed for the time on the new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ship HMS Medway
Permali Provides Ballistic Protection for Commando Mk4, 13-Dec-19 : #BallisticProtection Permali from Gloucester, UK secures £2M+ contract to supply ballistic protection to the Royal Navy Merlin “Junglie” Commando Mk4 helicopters. The firm provided this service for the earlier Merlin Mk2, Mk3 and the now retired Commando Sea King fleet
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
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|2018/||845 NAS|| RNAS Yeovilton |
|2017/||846 NAS|| RNAS Yeovilton |
|CVS Queen Elizabeth class|