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Article from section published on February 25, 2015

Commando Helicopter Force

Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) currently consists of three Naval Air Squadrons (NAS); 845, 846 and 847 NAS.The Sea King Mk4 aircraft of the Commando Helicopter Force will gradually be retired from service by April 2016. Its replacement, the Merlin Mk4 will be derived from Merlin Mk3 airframes currently in service with 846 NAS and 28 Sqn Royal Air Force at RAF Benson and will be operated by 845 NAS and 846 NAS when fully transferred from the RAF. 847 NAS operate the Wildcat AH1.

The Naval Air Squadrons of CHF are integrated under the command of a Headquarters, established to operate helicopters afloat or ashore in support of the UK armed forces. It is a combined Royal Navy and Royal Marine force that flies Sea King, Merlin and Wildcat helicopters that specialises in amphibious warfare.

The pilots are well-trained as they combine commando combat and survival skills with advanced flying skills. They operate Sea King, Merlin and Wildcat helicopters in extreme climates and conditions and their ability to work in terrain ranging from arctic to tropical jungle is second to none. Operations in Borneo in the 1960s earned them the moniker ‘Junglies’ from the troops on the ground, which current and veteran Junglies covet to this day.

CHF’s home base is RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset, with 846 NAS based in RAF Benson until 2015, but all the squadrons deploy regularly on detachments and exercises around the world.

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Article from section published on February 25, 2015

Jungles Dig Deep

Engineers and aircrew from 845 Naval Air Squadron have raised £625 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund. In a presentation at RNAS Yeovilton, the cheque was handed to Clare Scherer, the Assistant Director of the Children’s Fund.

The Children’s Fund was set up over 100 years ago, starting as orphanages, and now supports over 2000 children a year with needs ranging from bereavement to illness and disabilities. The Fund provides specialist equipment, respite care and an emergency grant scheme for children of RN personnel.

Clare Scherer explained, “Every penny raised makes a real difference to the lives of the children who have a parent who has been fighting for their country and supporting us and all the money raised goes direct to the children because our investments cover all admin costs.

Thank you so much to Larry Lambert and the whole squadron for raising this money for us, we are very grateful for their support.”

The Squadron held it’s Christmas party just prior to departing on leave for the festive period. During the event a raffle was held in order to raise money for the Children’s Fund, with prizes donated from generous companies across the country.

Having recently returned from Afghanistan, and other deployments around the world, this was the first Christmas for eleven years that 845 NAS had not been deployed on operational commitments. For those who had just returned from overseas, the Christmas party was a perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and return to normal life.

Presenting the cheque to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund, CPO ‘Larry’ Lambert said,

“The party presented the ideal opportunity to raise money for the, often over looked, little members of the Royal Navy. The night was a great success and enjoyed by all. I am very grateful to all the companies that very kindly donated the fantastic prizes, and would like to thank all members of the Squadron for their generous donations to this worthy cause.”

845 NAS will be departing RNAS Yeovilton later this year to begin their transition to the Merlin helicopter at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. The Squadron will return to Yeovilton in 2016 when all three Commando Helicopter Force Squadrons will be reunited in one location.

 

 

Article from section published on February 25, 2015

Running for Charity!

Helen proudly completes the Brighton Half Marathon

Helen proudly completes the Brighton Half Marathon

Helen Inskip Brighton half marathon

 

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Many thanks to Caroline Musto who also ran the Brighton Half Marathon for the Children’s Fund in a very impressive time of 2:17:13 and raised us a wonderful £426.

Many thanks to Caroline Musto who also ran the Brighton Half Marathon for the Children’s Fund in a very impressive time of 2:17:13 and raised us a wonderful £426.

The Brighton Half Marathon took place this Sunday and the Children’s Fund had two runners Caroline Musto and Helen Inskip raising money for the Fund. Well done and huge thanks to them and all the 12,500 that took part. It was a great morning, we were there with Jamie O’Meara and Ellie O’Meara helping give out the medals to all the runners.

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