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Marines Participate In Vertical Assault Off A British Merlin Mk3 Helicopter

May 26, 2017

The British Merlin Mk3 helicopter is an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and medium-lift transport-utility helicopter developed by Agustawestland in response to national requirements for a modern naval utility helicopter as a replacement to the beloved, but no longer effective, Sea Kings helicopters, which were becoming inadequate in the face of advances in Soviet submarine technology.

Merlin Mk3 Helicopter

In this video, U.S. Marines forward-deployed to the 3rd Marine Division, as part of the forward Unit Deployment Program, participate in a vertical assault off a British Merlin Mk3 helicopter on the Island of Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Marines and Sailors are embarked on the French BPC Mistral amphibious assault ship for the two-week integrated exercise, Jeanne D’ Arc.

The French-led exercise strengthens strategic partnerships and exercising freedom of navigation operations across the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Marines On Sea-Based Raid