CHF Coronation Participation
Published: 07 May 2023
On the ground at today’s coronation the Commando Helicopter Force had three participants. Inside Westminster Abbey Petty Officer Amy Taylor carried the Sword of Offering. On parade outside the Abbey were Able Seaman Carly Findlay and Air Engineering Technician Amy McLenaghan.
Meanwhile two Commando Merlins and a Commando Wildcat from the Commando Helicopter Force took part in the coronation flypast. 845 and 846 Naval Air Squadrons each had aparticipating Merlin and 847 Naval Air Squadron a Wildcat. The crews were:
Commando 1 – Commando Wildcat:
Major James Bowerman RM
Captain Ollie Bates RM
Colour Sergeant Graeme Smith RM
Petty Officer Luke Phillips RN
Commando 2 – Commando Merlin:
Commander Ben McGreal RN
Lieutenant Commander Tom Nason RN
Lieutenant Commander Ed Admas RN
Warrant Officer 2 Buck Taylor RN
Chief Petty Officer Simon Evans RN
Colour Sergeant Gary Bell RM (in his final flight following a 27-year career in the RM).
Petty Officer Kyle Heller RN (CHF Photographer).
Commando 3 – Commando Merlin:
Commander Rich Bartram RN
Lieutenant Tom Pritchard RN
Lieutenant Andy Duffield RN
Colour Sergeant Nic Batchelar RM
Chief Petty Officer Ross Scullion RN
Sergeant Ross Howling RM
Behind the scenes and away from the cameras numerous CHF personnel were enablers. Aircraft engineers, aircraft handlers, survival equipment specialists, chefs, drivers, mechanics, fuel operators, logisticians, administrators and others, ensured the helicopters and their crews were able to carry out their duties and roles.