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Special Forces Jumps from NH90 Marine

Special Forces Jumps from NH90 Marine

09-Jul-21 - French General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) validates a new capability of the French Navy NH90 NFH Caiman marine helicopter to allow automatic opening parachute jumps for special forces #parachute


6000full load (tn)
142length (m)
20beam (m)
5draught (m)
27max speed (knots)

1Naval Engine diesel
1Naval Engine gas turbine - General Electric LM2500

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FR French Navy NHI NH90 NFH 10
FR French Navy Westland Lynx 01


FR DCNS - Brest - 3
FR DCNS - Lorient - 3

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2015-- EG Egyptian Navy FFG1001 Tahya Misr
2012--FRFrench NavyD650AquitaineFAQT
2015--FRFrench NavyD652Provence
2016--FRFrench NavyD653Languedoc
2017--FRFrench NavyD654Auvergne
2020--FRFrench NavyD651Normandie
2021--FRFrench NavyD656AlsaceFALS
2023--FRFrench NavyD657LorraineFALR

8 units


2007Laid downLaid down FR D650 Aquitaine
2008OrderedOrdered FR D657 Lorraine
2009Laid downLaid down FR - Normandie
2010-apr-29LaunchedLaunched FR D650 Aquitaine
2011-nov-30Laid downLaid down FR D653 Languedoc
2012-feb-20TrialsTrials FR D650 Aquitaine First Lynx flight landing trials
2012-mar-08TrialsTrials FR D650 Aquitaine First NH-90 flight landing trials
2012-julCommissionedCommissioned FR D650 Aquitaine
2012-augLaid downLaid down FR D654 Auvergne
2012-oct-18LaunchedLaunched FR - Normandie
2013-sep-18LaunchedLaunched FR D652 Provence
2014Laid downLaid down FR D651 Normandie
2014-mar-31DeploymentDeployment FR D650 Aquitaine Exercise Joint Warrior 14-1 JW 14-1
2014-jul-12LaunchedLaunched FR D653 Languedoc
2015-junFate: transferedFate: transfered FR - Normandie to Egypt
2015-jun-12CommissionedCommissioned FR D652 Provence
2015-jun-12HomeportHomeport FR D652 Provence Toulon
2015-jun-23CommissionedCommissioned EG FFG1001 Tahya Misr
2015-sep-02LaunchedLaunched FR D654 Auvergne
2015-oct-03DeploymentDeployment FR D650 Aquitaine Exercise Joint Warrior 15-2 participated in JW 15-2 off north west coast of Scotland
2016Laid downLaid down FR D656 Alsace
2016-mar-16CommissionedCommissioned FR D653 Languedoc
2016-augHomeportHomeport FR D653 Languedoc Toulon
2017-apr-11CommissionedCommissioned FR D654 Auvergne Sponsored by ville de Montluçon
2018-feb-01LaunchedLaunched FR D651 Normandie
2019-feb-26DeploymentDeployment FR D654 Auvergne Dynamic Manta 2019
2019-apr-18LaunchedLaunched FR D656 Alsace
2019-may-15Laid downLaid down FR D657 Lorraine
2020-feb-24DeploymentDeployment FR D652 Provence Dynamic Manta 2020 Ionian Sea
2020-jun-03CommissionedCommissioned FR D651 Normandie
2020-nov-13LaunchedLaunched FR D657 Lorraine
2021-apr-16CommissionedCommissioned FR D656 Alsace
2023-nov-13CommissionedCommissioned FR D657 Lorraine
2024-jan-25DeploymentDeployment FR D656 Alsace Operation Atalanta
2024-may-04DeploymentDeployment FR D657 Lorraine Operation Aspides while escorting 3 merchant vessels northbound through the Bab al-Mandab Strait, shot down a Houthi UAV.

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