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French Navy re-activates Caiman Marine squadron

8th October 2012 - 12:50 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London


The French Navy has re-activated the 31 Flottille squadron to begin NH90 Caiman Marine operations on the Mediterranean.

The unit, which previously operated the Lynx, was disbanded in June 2010. Now it has reformed at Hyeres, near Toulon, becoming the second French Fleet Air Arm NH90 unit.

The unit will first take on the maritime emergency (SECMAR) role for France's Mediterranean coastline before later beginning shipborne operations. 31F's aircraft will be put to use on detachments to Forbin-class air defence ships, while 33F, the other NH90 unit, will deploy its aircraft on the FREMM-class vessels. The French Navy hopes to

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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