The Fleet Air Arm rises to the challenge of COVID-19 crisis

This collection of short videos shows how helicopters of the Royal Navy are being deployed in various ways to assist in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lt Tom Lennon of 845 Naval Air Squadron provides a walk-around guide to the Merlin Mk4 helicopter.


Cdr Bob Bond, CO of 845 Naval Air Squadron describes how helicopters are being deployed to the Caribbean with RFA Argus in the disaster relief and medical support role.

View from a Merlin Mk4 helicopter as she lands on RFA Argus on the way to the Caribbean.

Cdr Scott ‘Stimpy’ Simpson, CO of 815 Naval Air Squadron and Lt Jim Carver, Flight Commander of 203 Flight describe their role as Wildcat helicopter prepared to embark on RFA Argus.

Lt Nick Jackson-Spence of 820 Naval Air Squadron provides a walk-around guide to the Merlin Mk2s which have been rapidly converted from the Anti-Submarine Warfare role to become patient and stores transport helicopter to support the NHS in the South West of England.

CO Of 820 Naval Air Squadron, Cdr Chris ‘Grassy’ Knowles speaks about the work of the Merlin Mk2 helicopters supporting the NHS.

Touch & go training exercise at the North Devon District Hospital helipad, Barnstable.