Royal Navy Merlin Helicopter
A Royal Navy Merlin helicopter taking part in an exercise over the south of England.
Merlin Mk1 the world's most potent submarine hunting helicopter. The Merlin Mk1 have been in service with the Fleet Air Arm since the late 1990s and, after thorough testing and evaluation, the helicopters have been on the front line since 2000.
Our job is to find and if necessary destroy enemy submarines using our state-of-the-art sonar buoys which we drop into the ocean and Sting Ray torpedoes. Beyond searching for submarines, we carry out traditional maritime helicopter duties: anti-piracy/drug-running patrols, surveillance and reconnaissance, search and rescue, and passenger and load transfers.
There are more than 40 Merlins in service with the Fleet Air Arm in training and front-line squadrons. Most of these are in the middle of a £750m upgrade to turn the Merlin Mk1 into the Merlin Mk2 which has more powerful computer systems and is easier for aircrew to operate.
This image was an entry to the Peregrine Trophy 2013 Royal Navy Photographic Competition
Yeovil Air Day - Helicopters
Four different types of Naval Helicopters are shown taking part in the Yeovil Air Day 2007.
The helicopters are:-
Merlin - Far right
Lynx Type Mk 8 - 2nd and 3rd in background from right
Lynx Type Mk3 - 1st and 2nd from left
and the Sea King Mk7 in the foreground
This image was part of the Peregrine Trophy 2008
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The Queen Christens Royal NavyaS New Aircraft Carrier
Pictured are events from the Queen Elizabeth naming ceremony conducted at Rosyth Dockyard.
Pictured is an RAF Chinook, and Royal Navy Seaking and Merlin Helicopters.
Her Majesty The Queen officially named the UK's newest aircraft carrier at Rosyth, near Edinburgh, in a spectacular ceremony celebrating British Naval capability.
The Prime Minister, Secretary State of Defence and the First Sea Lord joined the celebrations, along with allies from around the globe and more than 3, 500 people involved in the design and construction of the largest warship ever built in the UK
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