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  • Del'd: 15 - 1996 to 2023


    The contractor-owned Bell 412EP is known as the Griffin HT.1 and is used by an RAF shadow unit at the Defence Helicopter Flying School for advanced, multi-engined rotary wing training.
    Modified 412EP Griffin HAR.2 used for contract SAR duty in Cyprus. They have a variable speed winch and an additional array of radios for maritime uses, together with mods for overwater operations. Replaced the Wessex HC.2 in this role.

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    RAF Akrotiri Changes Griffins for Pumas, 03-Apr-23 : #Cyprus Royal Air Force (RAF) 84 Squadron based out of RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus transitioned from the Griffin HAR.2 (Bell 412) to the Puma HC.2 on March 31, 2023

    RAF Trainer Griffin Now is Firefighter in Canada, 02-Sep-20 : #firefighting A former RAF Griffin HT.1 trainer, the Bell 412EP is now fully equipped for firefighting from Oliver, BC with Transwest Helicopters

    Cobham Bell 412 Support for QinetiQ, 02-Jun-16 : Cobham sign contract to provide Helicopter support to the UK Empire Test Pilots’ School and Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Squadron. A Bell 412 Griffin HAR.2 will be based at MOD Boscombe Down

    First Ten BLR FastFin Systems Arrive in Europe, 12-Oct-14 : Helitech 2014 AMSTERDAM – With EASA approval in hand, an increasing number of European operators are equipping their helicopters with the FastFin Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System from BLR Aerospace.


    YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
    2016/18202 Squadron RAF Valley
    Thorney Island
    2003/2284 Squadron CY RAF Akrotiri
    1998/16SARTU RAF Valley
    1997/1860(R) Squadron RAF Shawbury
    RAF Benson
    1997/18Ministry of Defence (MoD) DHFS RAF Shawbury
    AAC Middle Wallop
    RAF Valley

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