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Merlin Mk3 helicopter in formation with a Royal Navy SeaKing Mk 4 helicopter from 845 Naval Air Squadron – Crown Copyright

The three squadrons of the Commando Helicopter Force are the wings of the Royal Marines, providing crucial aerial support to the green berets be they at sea in an assault ship or in the sand and dust of Afghanistan.

Wildcat – Crown Copyright

Commando Helicopter Force – known throughout the Navy as CHF – comprises three front-line squadrons flying Sea Kings, Merlins and Wildcat helicopters.

846 Naval Air Squadron have recently taken over Merlin Mk3s from the RAF and are in the process of modifying them for maritime operations.

847 Naval Air Squadron are now operating the new Wildcat helicopter which has replaced the long-serving Lynx.

848 Naval Air Squadron, with their distinctive green Sea Kings, have returned to primarily conducting amphibious operations after many years flying the Sea King in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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