Royal Marines squadron marks 50 years of commando support

October 3, 2018 -The ‘flying eyes’ of the Royal Marines past and present gathered in Yeovilton to celebrate 50 years of keeping the commandos at least one step ahead of their foes on the battlefield. 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron – which today has morphed into 847 Naval Air Squadron – started life as an aerial reconnaissance unit, but over its varied lifespan (five helicopter types in five decades) has conducted battlefield scouting, overwatch for convoys, tank busting outside Basra, fire support direction and casualty evacuation. 3 BAS – as…

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847 NAS Wildcats’ French mission comes to an end

Naval aviators are almost home after five months in the Far East supporting France’s key Pacific deployment of 2018. Around 30 fliers and ground crew, plus two Wildcat helicopters, from 847 Naval Air Squadron have been embarked on the French assault ship FS Dixmude since February. They’ve been on board throughout the ship’s deployment to the western Pacific Rim – and say the experience has been unforgettable, given the destinations visited and forces they’ve trained with. The final stint of the Jeanne d’Arc 2018 (Joan of Arc) deployment from Singapore…

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