27 Jan '15, 2pm

Merlin meets Japan defence minister

Despite the poor weather our VIP passengers seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience of the Merlin aircraft. Flt Lt John Plenty Defence Minister Nakatani took office in December 2014, and as part of a wider organised Defence visit to the United Kingdom, he took the time to find out more about the Merlin Mk3 and the Commando Helicopter Force. The visit allowed Gen Nakatani to learn more about the Joint Helicopter Command and the Commando Helicopter Forces capability, specifically how CHF integrates with other foreign nations’ Armed Forces. The VIP tasking was flown by CHF aircrew from 28 (AC) Squadron, based in RAF Benson, and after the familiarisation tour of the aircraft, Defence Minister Nakatani and his party were taken on a short flight over central London, which included aerial views of the Olympic Park and the Tower of London. Flt Lt John Plenty, the aircraft captai...

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