HMS Ocean was at the forefront of the UK’s humanitarian relief effort after hurricanes struck the Caribbean in September. Thomas Newdick caught up with the Commando Helicopter Force that provides the backbone of its aircraft component.
IT’S BEEN a busy 12 months for Col Lenny Brown and the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) that is under his control. The Royal Navy’s aerial assault specialists have been transitioning to new equipment and, in Col Brown’s words, to a new mindset: “We have been involved in land-centric campaigns for over ten years. Now we are switching back to a much more maritime-facing organisation. It’s in our DNA,” he reflected.