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British Merlin and Apache RTM322 Engines, 24-Jun-19 : #RTM322 Safran signed three-year contract extension with UK’ Ministry of Defence to support over 400 RTM322 engines used by Royal Navy Merlin and British Army Apache fleets

Merlin in Norway for Exercise Clockwork, 09-Mar-19 : #WinterTraining Royal Navy’ 845 Naval Air Squadron Mk3A Merlin helicopters in Norway for Commando Helicopter Force annual winter training during arctic exercise Clockwork

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

Royal Navy Reactivates 744 Squadron for Crowsnet Merlin, 28-Nov-18 : #744NAS Royal Navy’ 744 Naval Air Squadron was reactivated at Boscombe Down to introduce the new fleet AEW platform, Crowsnest Merlin, to front-line service over the next 18 months plus the RAF’s upgraded Chinook Mk5s and Mk6s

Royal Navy Exercise Saif Sareea 3 off Oman, 28-Oct-18 : #SaifSareea Largest Royal Navy task group in the Middle East in 15 years taking part in region’s biggest war game of 2018, Saif Sareea 3, off Oman

Osprey and Sea Dragon on HMS Queen Elizabeth, 11-Oct-18 : #HMSQE Part of her first flight trials (Westlant 18) underway in U.S. eastern coast, HMS Queen Elizabeth received an MV-22B Osprey and a MH-53E Sea Dragon on board

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

Sea King Flypast Ends 49 Years of Service, 25-Sep-18 : #SeaKing Royal Navy retires their last Sea King, the Mk7 ASAC, with a 849 Squadron 3-hour flypast. Will be replaced by the Merlin Crowsnest next year

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

829 Naval Air Squadron Decommissioned, 29-Mar-18 : Royal Navy’ 829 Squadron was decommissioned and merged into 814 Squadron in a ceremony at RNAS Culdrose. Flew the Merlin HM1 and then HM2 from Type 23 frigates over the past 14 years

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

Royal Navy Merlins HM2 in Dynamic Manta 2018, 09-Mar-18 : 814 and 829 NAS Merlins deployed to Catania in Sicily to take part of anti-submarine warfare exercise Dynamic Manta 2018 with Italy, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Turkey and USA

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