Last flights for Merlin choppers

It's the beginning of the end of an era at RAF Benson as all 28 of the Merlin helicopters are refitted for the Navy and leave the base.

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VIDEO: New era for the mighty Merlin

RAF Benson has been home to the military's Merlin helicopters for the last ten years. Now, though, after deployments in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, they are leaving the base, headed for pastures new.

Under the Government's Strategic Defence and Security Review the Merlins will be refitted and then join the Royal Navy replacing the retiring Sea King. Juliette Fletcher reports.

Celebrating Merlins' ten years

Merlin helicopters celebrate 10 years of service Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Staff at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire willl be celebrating ten years of the Merlin Force later.

The helicopters have been on operations in places like Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan for the last decade.


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