Commando Helicopter Force
Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) is a group of 4 squadrons and supporting elements, integrated under the command of an HQ, established to operate helicopters in support of the UK armed forces. It is a combined Royal Navy/Royal Marine force flying Sea King and Lynx helicopters and specializes in amphibious warfare. The Force operates world wide from its base at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton in Somerset.
The main job of CHF is to support the Royal Marines of 3 Commando Brigade . Being part of the Royal Navy, 3 Cdo Bde are an amphibious force who can deploy by sea and then fight on land. CHF Sea King helicopters help to move the troops and their equipment from ship to shore and around the battlefield while Lynx Mk 7 helicopters provide armed reconnaissance and are able to call in targeted fire from friendly assets to neutralise enemy positions.
- 845 Naval Air Squadron, (Sea King)
- 846 Naval Air Squadron, (Sea King)
- 847 Naval Air Squadron, (Lynx)
- 848 Naval Air Squadron, (Training)