Royal Navy begins transferring ex-RAF Merlins to Yeovilton
The UK Royal Navy (RN) has relocated the first of its newly acquired fleet of AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin HC.3/3A troop transport helicopters to their homebase in Yeovilton following a five-year transition from the Royal Air Force (RAF).
846 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) flew its six helicopters from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire to Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton in Somerset on 26 March.
The RN acquired 25 Merlin HC.3/3A helicopters from the RAF under the Strategic Defence & Security Review (SDSR) in 2010. These are intended to the replace the Westland Sea King HC.4 platforms that are being retired in March 2016. janes