Joint Helicopter Command
Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) is a tri-service organisation uniting battlefield military helicopters of the British Armed Forces for command and coordination purposes. Joint Helicopter Command reports to Army Headquarters at Andover.
|Joint Helicopter Command|
Joint Helicopter Command badge
|Allegiance||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Branch|| Naval Service|
Royal Air Force
|Role||Battlefield helicopter operations|
|Size||15,000 personnel 239 helicopters|
|Garrison/HQ||Army Headquarters, Marlborough Lines, Andover, Hampshire|
|Motto(s)||Across all boundaries|
|Rear Admiral Jonathan Pentreath|
|Ceremonial chief||Queen Elizabeth II|
Joint Helicopter Command was formed on 5 October 1999, from a recommendation in the 1998 Strategic Defence Review to consolidate the battlefield helicopters of the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy under a single command.
Joint Helicopter Command's largest operation to date has been Operation Telic, the invasion of Iraq. Following the invasion, Joint Helicopter Command maintained units in Iraq, in support of British and coalition forces deployed there. Another detachment was also maintained in Afghanistan, as part of Operation Herrick.
Former Deployments: Joint Helicopter Force (Iraq)Edit
When deployed on a major operational deployment the aircraft and supporting assets are assigned to a Joint Helicopter Force, for example Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) during Operation Herrick in Afghanistan.
The following types were deployed to Iraq under JHF (I):
- Boeing Chinook HC2s.
- Westland Sea King HC4s.
- Westland Lynx AH7/AH9s.
- Westland Gazelle AH1s.
- Westland Puma HC1s.
- Westland Merlin HC3s.
Former Deployments: Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan)Edit
The following types were deployed to Afghanistan under JHF (A):
The majority of the United Kingdom's military helicopters come under JHC, although exceptions include the Royal Navy's fleet helicopters, the Defence Helicopter Flying School, and the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force's search and rescue helicopters.
An overview of formations from each service under Joint Helicopter Command:
- Royal Navy
- British Army units
- 1 Regiment Army Air Corps in Yeovilton with Wildcat AH1 helicopters
- 2 Regiment Army Air Corps (Ground Crew Training) in Middle Wallop
- 3 Regiment Army Air Corps in Wattisham with Apache AH1 attack helicopters
- 4 Regiment Army Air Corps in Wattisham with Apache AH1 attack helicopters
- 5 Regiment Army Air Corps in Belfast with Westland Lynx and Westland Gazelle helicopters
- 6 Regiment Army Air Corps in Bury St Edmunds (Army Reserve)
- 7 Regiment Army Air Corps (Flight Crew Training) in Middle Wallop
- 47th Regiment Royal Artillery in Larkhill with Watchkeeper WK450 unmanned aerial vehicles
- Royal Air Force
- No. 7 Squadron in RAF Odiham with Chinook helicopters
- No. 18 Squadron in RAF Odiham with Chinook helicopters
- No. 27 Squadron in RAF Odiham with Chinook helicopters
- No. 28 Squadron (Support Helicopter Operational Conversion Unit) in RAF Benson with Chinook HC4 and Puma HC2 helicopters
- No. 33 Squadron in RAF Benson with Puma HC2 helicopters
- No. 230 Squadron in RAF Benson with Puma HC2 helicopters
Joint Helicopter Force (Northern Ireland)Edit
The following types are deployed in Northern Ireland based at JHFS Aldergrove as JHF (NI), in support of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and military units.
- Britten-Norman Defender (fixed wing)
- Westland Gazelle
Joint Helicopter Force (US)Edit
A number of aircraft and aircrews trained at Naval Air Facility El Centro for pre-deployment and desert training.
Commander Joint Helicopter Command has been held by:
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- "Strategic Defence Review" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. 1 July 1998. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
- Ripley, Tim (2004). "Air War Iraq". Pen & Sword. ISBN 978-1844150694.
- "Rare insight into the Royal Navy's Commando Helicopter Force". 21 February 2016.
- "Operation Telic 2" (PDF). Operation Telic. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "Operation Telic 9" (PDF). Operation Telic. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "Operation Telic 3" (PDF). Operation Telic. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "Operation Telic 6" (PDF). Operation Telic. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- March 2008, p. 8.
- "Operation HERRICK, Afghanistan". Royal Air Force. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "Senior tri-service and Ministry of Defence Posts" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
- March, P (2008). The Royal Air Force Yearbook 2008. Fairford, UK: The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises.