What is the Cost per Hour to Run a Merlin Mk2 Helicopter?

The cost per hour to run a Merlin Mark 2 helicopter, loaded to full capacity, is £15,871 (including VAT). This cost is based upon a standard configuration of the aircraft. Reference FOI 2021/05819 dated 16 June 2021. Advertisements

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Who was William Seeley?

Introduction William Henry Harrison Seeley, VC (01 May 1840 to 01 October 1914) was an American who fought with the British Royal Navy during the Shimonoseki Campaign in Japan and was a recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC), the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British… Read More

What was the Shimonoseki Campaign (1863-1864)?

Introduction The Shimonoseki campaign (Japanese: 下関戦争/馬関戦争, Hepburn: Shimonoseki Sensō/Bakan Sensō, “Shimonoseki War”) refers to a series of military engagements in 1863 and 1864, fought to control Shimonoseki Straits of Japan by joint naval forces from Great Britain, France, the Netherlands and the United States, against the Japanese feudal domain of Chōshū, which took place off… Read More

Who was Duncan Gordon Boyes?

Introduction Duncan Gordon Boyes VC (05 November 1846 to 26 January 1869) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. The award was bestowed upon him for his actions during the Shimonoseki… Read More

What is Trafalgar Day?

Introduction Trafalgar Day is the celebration of the victory won by the Royal Navy, commanded by Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. Brief History The formation of the Navy League in 1894 gave added impetus to the movement to recognise Nelson’s… Read More

Who was Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson?

Introduction Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, KB (29 September 1758 to 21 October 1805), also known simply as Admiral Nelson, was an English flag officer in the Royal Navy. His inspirational leadership, grasp of strategy, and unconventional tactics brought about a number of decisive British naval victories, particularly during the… Read More

What is the Submarine Command Course?

Introduction The Submarine Command Course (SMCC), previously known as the Commanding Officers Qualifying Course (COQC), and informally known as The Perisher because of its supposed low success rate, is a training course for naval officers preparing to take command of a submarine (Navy News, 2021). “The sailors spent months learning the deadly art of submarine… Read More