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'Commando Helicopter Force'

The three squadrons of the Commando Helicopter Force are the wings of the Royal Marines, providing crucial aerial support to the green berets be they at sea in an assault ship or in the sand and dust of Afghanistan.

Affectionately known as ‘The Junglies’ for their operations in Borneo during the 1960s, Commando Helicopter Force is made up of three Naval Air Squadrons – 845, 846 and 847. Together, they use Merlin and Wildcat helicopters to provide air support to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines and other UK forces.

847 Naval Air Squadron

Transcript of Royal Marines Routine Orders 105/95

Re-designation of 3 Cdo Bde Air Sqn RM as 847 Naval Air Squadron (R)

1. 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron Royal Marines will be formally incorporated into the Naval Air Command on Friday 1 Sep 95 and be re-designated 847 Naval Air Squadron.
2. The Squadron will continue to operate Army Lynx and Gazelle aircraft until the introduction of the Attack Helicopter into Army Air Corps Service.

Thereafter it will continue in the light utility role in support of 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines. 

BROWN, Leonard Anthony

Lieutenant Colonel
N028958A
Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Brown was appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in the field in 2011 [1]
Extract from Royal Navy media release

BURTON, Donald

Sergeant
PO23294X
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Marines
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air
Sergeant Burton was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air for his outstanding display of airmanship in landing his aircraft and casualty in Northern Norway on Thursday 14th February 1980.
 
Sources
London Gazette 48338, page 14277.
 

CAMERON, Charles Peter

Known as: 
Peter
Major Charles Peter Cameron
Lieutenant Colonel
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Marines
Military Cross (MC)
In 1982 Major Cameron was the Officer Commanding 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron. He was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished service during operations on the Falkland Islands [1][2].
Citation

CANDLISH, Edgar Robert

Sergeant
P031726H
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Edgar Candlish received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during the landings at San Carlos, East Falkland, May 1982. He was crewman of a Gazelle helicopter which was forced to ditch in the sea after the pilot was wounded by enemy fire.

CORRIGAN, Ian Clifford

Corporal
24217216
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Ian Corrigan, R.E.M.E. attached to 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the operations in the South Atlantic in 1982. He served with the Air Squadron as a 'B' Flight Royal Marines Avionics Technician.

CORYTON, Gervais Richard Arthur

Lieutenant Commander
CO183364
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Commander Gervais Coryton RN was the Officer Commanding 'C' Flight RM, 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron, during the Falklands War. He received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the operations in the South Atlantic in 1982.

CRAWFORD, Ronald Lindsay

Lieutenant
846 Naval Air Sqn.
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Lieutenant Ronald Crawford, 846 N.A.S., received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Source
London Gazette 49134 page 12842.
Globe and Laurel Sept/Oct. 1982.
 

EVANS, Andrew Peter

Sergeant
PO25446U
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in action or died of wounds
Sergeant Andrew Evans died when his helicopter was shot down during the Falkands War. He received a posthumous Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations in the South Atlantic. Also killed were Lieut. Kenneth Francis and LCpl. Brett Giffin.
Extract from the Globe and Laurel 

FARMER, Morris Flynn

Craftsman
24234277
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Died in service
Craftsman Morris Farmer, REME, serving in 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron RM, died as a result of a fall in Toulouse France.
 
Sources
AFM ROH
Globe and Laurel, Christmas 1977 edition.
 

FRANCIS, Kenneth David

Lieutenant
N023442U
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Kenneth Francis, BA, RM, died when his helicopter was shot down in the Falklands. Also killed were LCpl. Brett Giffin and Mne. Andrew Evans. 
 Extract from the Globe and Laurel 

FROST, John Boyes

Lieutenant
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Marines
Air Force Cross (AFC)
Lieutenant John Boyes Frost RM was awarded the Air Force Cross for his coolness, flying skills, and courage during operations in Malaysia in 1970.
Citation

GIFFIN, Brett Patrick

Known as: 
Giff
Lance Corporal
P033537T
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Marines
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lance Corporal Brett Giffin was killed when his helicopter was shot down in the Falklands. Also killed were Lieut. Kenneth Francis and Mne. Andrew Evans.
Extract from the Globe and Laurel

HUNT, Darren

Major Darren Hunt RM
Major
P035637B & N029390X
45 Cdo. RM
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Military Medal (MM)
Mentioned in Despatches
Corporal Darren Hunt was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of distinguished service during operations in the South Atlantic in 1982 [1].
  • 1991 (Sergeant) received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Northern Ireland [2].

HUTCHINGS, Richard

Lieutenant
846 Naval Air Sqn.
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Lieutenant Richard Hutchings was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his gallantry during operations on the Falkland Islands.
Citation

LOVE, Michael David

Known as: 
Doc
Corporal
P035079S
846 Naval Air Sqn.
Royal Marines
Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
Died on active service
Corporal Michael Love, RM, 846 Naval Air Squadron, was killed in a helicopter crash due to a bird strike in the Falklands. 
Citation for the DSM

MAKEIG-JONES, Robin John

Major
498932
3 Cdo. Bde. RM
Royal Artillery
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Robin Makeig-Jones, 29 Commando Regiment, attached as a pilot to 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron, received a Mention in Despatches [1] in recognition of his courage in the air, and devotion to duty, on the night of 13/14 June 1982 during the operation to take the Wireless Ridge feature to the North West of Stanley.

MINORDS, David John

Major
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Marines
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Major David Minords was appointed O.B.E. (Military Division) in recognition of service within the operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Sources
London Gazette 49134, page 12857.

NIBLETT, Jeffrey Peter

Captain
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Marines
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Captain Jeffrey Niblett, Officer Commanding 'B' Flight, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for gallant and distinguished service during operations in the South Atlantic (Operation Corporate, Falklands, 1982). The first ever D.F.C. awarded to a RM pilot.
Citation

NUNN, Richard James

Lieutenant Richard James Nunn DFC
Lieutenant
N023329F
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Marines
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Killed in action or died of wounds
Lieutenant Richard Nunn died during Operation Corporate, Falkland Islands, 1982. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for gallant and distinguished service.
Citation

POUNDS, Nicholas Ernest

Lieutenant Colonel
N020493P
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Captain Nicholas Pounds, a Gazelle Helicopter RM pilot and Officer Commanding 'M' Flight during Operation Corporate, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his leadership, gallantry, and flying skills, during operations on the Falkland Islands, and in support of 2 Para at Goose Green, between 21 May and 14 June 1982 [1].

ROBINSON, Adrian Spencer

Warrant Officer Class 2
P019573Y
3 Cdo. Bde. Air Sqn / Helicopter Force
Royal Marines
Mentioned in Despatches
Warrant Officer 2 Adrian Robinson received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of his service during operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Sources
London Gazette Supp. 49134, page 12843.
National Archives file WO373/188/203.

SANDS, Thomas Arthur

Warrant Officer Class 2
P027627C
845 NAS Sqn
Royal Marines
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mentioned in Despatches
Sergeant Thomas Sands, 845 Naval Air Squadron, received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of service during operations in the South Atlantic [1].
  • 19 June 2000 (Warrant Officer Class 2) appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [2].
Sources
[1] London Gazette 49134 page 12843.

WINTER, Brian

Sergeant
PO27405X
845 NAS Sqn
Royal Marines
British Empire Medal (BEM)
Sergeant Brian Winter was awarded the British Empire Medal (Military Division) in recognition of service within the operations in the South Atlantic.
 
Sources
London Gazette 49134, page 12858.
 

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