Royal Navy Merlins from the 814 Naval Air Squadron (the Flying Tigers), have arrived at Yeovilton's Air Station, to prepare for their role in providing maritime security during the Olympic Games in Weymouth.
The squadron’s personnel, based at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall, have been preparing for their Olympics role for the last couple of months. They've been taking part in a series of training missions, alongside Royal Navy and Royal Marine units, and Government agencies.
The Merlin helicopter is described as the world’s most potent submarine hunting helicopter, with state-of-the-art active sonar and passive sonobuoys. It will also be used for sea surveillance, search and rescue, and the transfer of passengers and equipment.
They'll be based outside of Yeovilton during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Merlins will be flying to and from HMS Bulwark, which is positioned in Weymouth Bay, close to the Olympic Sailing Regatta.