Merlin Mk2s complete exercise March Hare
Three Merlin Mk2 helicopters of 820 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) have completed a fortnight-long training exercise off the north and west coasts of Scotland ahead of the delivery of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier, the UK Royal Navy announced on 10 April.
The helicopters will be the first to fly on and off the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier during sea trials in the North Sea. The 820 Squadron's role will be to safeguard the vessel from submarine threats.
Three Merlin Mk2 helicopters and the bulk of 820 Squadron flew to RAF Lossiemouth for exercise March Hare. March Hare was divided into two phases: the first week at Lossiemouth and the second week in the regular surroundings of HMS Gannet in Prestwick on the west coast.
During the first week, the crew studied the waters, shores and terrain of the Moray Firth and northern foothills of the Grampians, and executed search and rescue training with the RNLI's Buckie lifeboat crew and the rescuers of the Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation.
Exercises on the west coast involved naval assets on, under and over the sea, with the Merlins up against submarine commanders undergoing the Royal Navy's Submarine Command Course known as Perisher.
820 NAS took the opportunity to exercise the ripple technique, ensuring one Merlin Mk2 is always deployed on-sight, hunting a submarine, while other Merlins are on their way out to, or back from, pinging, or on being refuelled back at base.
March Hare also tested the squadron's logistical legs, operating 700 miles from the squadron's usual base.
Sikorsky has delivered the first CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter to the US Marine Corps (USMC). The USMC plans to buy as many as ...
India’s MoD issued an RfP earlier in May for the 200 Kamov Ka-226T helicopters that it plans to buy to replace geriatric light utility platforms ...
Recent imagery released by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) shows three of its Z-9D anti-surface warfare (ASuW) helicopters firing YJ-9 anti-ship missiles against a ...
Work has begun on the construction of new helicopter mooring pads for the US Army's 1st Air Calvary Brigade in Powidz, Poland, as part of ...
BAE Systems is seeing growing interest in the military rotorcraft domain for a new range of cyber defence systems, with both new and legacy platforms ...
Sikorsky’s Matrix, a capability tool kit that includes hardware and software as well as multi-spectral sensors to enable scalable automation, is now ready for its ...