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Merlin celebrates ten years in service

30th September 2013 - 13:58 GMT | by Jonathan Tringham


The Royal Air Force (RAF) has celebrated ten years of continuous Merlin operations at a ceremony at RAF Benson on 27 September. 

Speaking to journalists at the base, Merlin Force Commander, Grp Capt Nigel Colman, said that over the last decade the Merlin has provided a backbone of support to numerous operations, and played a significant part in ensuring mission success.  

‘The force’s contribution to life saving, force protection, deliberate operations and enabling the dispersal of people and equipment has been simply outstanding,’ said Colman. 

The Merlin Force was first deployed to Bosnia in April 2003 in support of

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Jonathan Tringham


Jonathan Tringham

Jonathan Tringham is a former Shephard staff reporter based in the UK. Jonathan worked in …

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