The first of the Royal Marines’ upgraded Mk4 Merlin helicopters recently visited its future home…

via John Currin (JC ‘s Naval and Military) – Google+ Public Posts

The first of the Royal Marines’ upgraded Mk4 Merlin helicopters recently visited its future home at Yeovilton air base for refueling.

The second-generation battlefield Merlin, factory model MLSP 1, tail number ZJ122, made the debut as the air station prepared for its annual air day on July 8.

The helicopter was originally a khaki green Merlin Mk3 modified by Leonardo (previously Agusta-Westland) in Yeovil for operations at sea.

Modifications include a folding tail, folding rotor head, floatation devices, fast-roping points, enhanced radio and comms equipment and an improved undercarriage (plus lashing points).

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