Formal commissioning of the Royal Navy's No 700M Squadron at RNAS Culdrose with the first GKN Westland-built EH101 Merlin HM Mk 1 helicopters on Dec. 1 met a schedule laid out for the $2.5 billion program in 1991, and cleared the way for a two and a half year effort by the squadron to establish operating procedures (DAILY, Dec. 2). At the ceremony, however, RAF Air Commodore Barry Thornton revealed that the planned HM.2 upgrade program had slipped by some three years. Although ...

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