Neptune returns

Ian Harding visited Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose to speak with his chums from the Royal Netherlands Navy about its latest NH90 deployment to the UK

NH90 NFH serial number N110 prior to a midmorning mission. In the second shot (top right), one of the two rear-crew SENSOs prepares for a CASEX mission working with an 820 Naval Air Squadron Merlin HM2 and a Royal Netherlands Navy Walrus-class submarine.
Ian Harding

SEVENTEEN YEARS after the Netherlands Ministry of Defence ordered 20 NH90 NFHs (NATO Frigate Helicopters) from NHIndustries, this major Dutch Helicopter Command (DHC) programme is finally delivering results. The sense of optimism was tangible when AIR International met with senior personnel from 7 Squadron (Operational Test and Evaluation) and 860 Squadron during the latest three-week training deployment to Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, Cornwall, in November.

Tempo shift

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