Commandos on the battlefield

Exercise Report

Ian Harding and Kevin Wills report from Exercise Merlin Storm, the final test for new pilots and aircrew assigned to the UK’s Commando Helicopter Force.

Merlin Storm

Exercise Merlin Storm is the capstone test for Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) pilots and aircrew assigned to 846 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), the successful conclusion of which results in the award of their coveted flying ‘wings’. The latest iteration was held at Royal Marines Base Chivenor in North Devon between November 29 and December 7, 2018, just prior to the formal graduation ceremony at their home base of Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset on December 14.

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