The United Kingdom's fleet of Boeing Chinook heavy-lift transport helicopters was brought up to full strength with the arrival of the final HC6 aircraft from the Philadelphia production plant on 7 December.
With the arrival of the last HC6 platform at the type's main operating base of Royal Air Force (RAF) Odiham in Hampshire, the United Kingdom now fields 38 HC4, eight HC5, and 14 HC6 Chinooks for its full component of 60 helicopters.
The handover marks the conclusion of HC6 deliveries that began in December 2014, with full operating capability now set to be declared.
The HC6 is essentially the same model helicopter as the CH-47F flown by the US Army. janes