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Royal Navy Receives Merlin Mk4


Twenty-five Merlins formerly operated by the RAF are being ‘marinised’ and converted to Commando Merlin Mk4s. Photo: AgustaWestland

The Royal Navy has received the first Commando Merlin Mk4 at RNAS Yeovilton.

The helicopter is the first of 25 former RAF Merlin HC3/HC3As which are being ‘marinised’ and upgraded for use by the UK’s Commando Helicopter Force, replacing the now-retired Commando Sea King.

The Commando Merlin Mk4/4A features automatic main rotor blade and tail folding, an uprated undercarriage, enhanced cabin safety features and a common cockpit with the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk2s.

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