Ian Harding and Kevin Wills look back at this year’s European personnel recovery exercise held at Gilze-Rijen Air Base working with the Royal Navy’s Commando Helicopter Force
In the not too distant future, the Royal Navy’s Commando Helicopter Force (CHF), and 845 Naval Air Squadron in particular, will deploy three Merlin HC4s aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) to support the Maritime Task Group (MTG). Within CHF, 845 is the high readiness squadron for contingency and as such, will provide deployed search and rescue (DSAR) and combat recovery for the MTG. AIR International joined 845 NAS during this year’s Air-centric Personnel Recovery Operatives Course (APROC) during which the squadron completed the next stage of its joint personnel recovery training. The ultimate objective is to develop the UK’s own personnel recovery capability.