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RAF Chinooks Deployed to Mali, 18-Jul-18 : Three Royal Air Force Chinook have arrived in West Africa in support of French counter-terrorism operations in Mali

Sycamore Historic Visit to Weston-super-Mare, 14-Jun-18 : #museum The world’s last flying Bristol 171 Sycamore flew to the Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare, UK 60 years after it was built. Will be displayed until June 24

Tiger Puma to Celebrate RAF 230 Squadron 100 Years, 09-May-18 : #RAF100 Royal Air Froce 230 Squadron celebrating its 100 years with Puma helicopter painted in Tiger colour scheme

Chinook Visits Historical RAF Germany Bases, 27-Apr-18 : A RAF Chinook from Odiham’ 27 Squadron taking part at Berlin air show visited former RAF Germany bases of Geilenkirchen, Wildenrath, Brüggen and Laarbruch as part of RAF 100 years celebrations

Merlin and Chinook Trials on HMS Queen Elizabeth, 21-Mar-18 : QinetiQ and the Air Warfare Centre under the Air Test & Evaluation Centre (ATEC) partnership carried out Merlin and Chinook clearance trials on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier

Chinook First Time On HMS Queen Elizabeth Hangar, 08-Feb-18 : A Chinook has been stowed in the hangar of a British aircraft carrier for the first time. The Royal Air Force 7 Squadron CH-47 fit on new HMS Queen Elizabeth’ hangar without need to fold the rotors

Airbus Sign Support for RAF Puma Mk2, 22-Dec-17 : Airbus sign £100M contract with UK MoD for full technical support and logistics of the RAF Puma Mk2 24 helicopters until March 2022. Fleet scheduled to be retired from service in 2025

RAF Puma HC.2 Fleet Reaches 20,000 Flight Hours, 20-Dec-17 : The 24 Puma HC.2 delivered to the RAF between 2012 and 2015 reached 20,000 flying hours

Vector 35 Years Servicing the Chinook, 03-Oct-17 : Helitech 2017 Vector Aerospace, MRO services provider, celebrating 35th anniversary servicing the RAF Chinook helicopter at Fleetlands, Gosport and Almondbank

Boeing Recognized Vector for Chinook Support, 28-Jun-17 : Vector Aerospace UK, MRO provider, received a 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award for its support of the Chinook heavy-lift helicopter.

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

HMS Ocean Departs for BALTOPS 2016, 02-Jun-16 : The Royal Navy’s Flagship HMS Ocean (L12) departed Devonport to take part in NATO exercise BALTOPS 2016 in the Baltic Sea with 16 allied and partner nations.

RAF Puma HC.2 Complete First Year in Afghanistan, 01-Apr-16 : In their first operational deployment, RAF Puma Mk.2 helicopters from Operation Toral completed one year in Kabul. They replaced the Chinook detachment on April 2015 in NATO mission Resolute Support

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