AgustaWestland Merlin HC.4
united kingdom Fleet Air Arm

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Fleet Air Arm Merlin HC.4

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

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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

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

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C/NBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    50113 2000     ZJ122: hc.4 Royal Navy /F from Aug15; Oct16 first flight of HC.4 type
Royal Air Force 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
Royal Air Force ZJ127: RAF 50149/RAF11 in 2003 /L 28Sqn.

25feb17 rear fuselage and tail boom seen in storage yar+

AgustaWestland UK ZJ127: conv to fully marinised HC.4

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