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French Navy unit begins operational use of Dauphin N3+

21st November 2011 - 14:06 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London

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The detachment of 35 Flotille of the French Navy has begun operations with its new Dauphin N3+ helicopters in French Polynesia.

The first helicopter arrived in Tahiti on 28 August and went into operation with the navy on 15 November providing SAR capability and operating a range of other utility tasks in the region.

Full capacity will be reached in the summer of 2012 with the arrival of the second helicopter on the island. The two Dauphins will replace Super Pumas and Fennecs operated by the French Air Force.

The Dauphins will not embark on the back of ships like

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Tony Osborne

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

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