Not long now to CHF Merlin
Commando Helicopter Force is currently making preparations for the transfer of RAF Merlin HC3 and HC3A support helicopters to replace the Sea King Mk4s currently in service with 845 and 846 squadrons which are due to be withdrawn in 2016.
The Merlin HC4 will be derived from the HC3 airframes currently in service with the RAF.
The current plan sees 846 NAS equipping with ex-RAF Merlin HC3s in 2015.
The image shows an RN-liveried Merlin Mk3 helicopter in formation with an RN-liveried Sea King Mk 4. Picture POA(Phot) Mez Merrill on a photex 16 Sep 2014.