Honours & Tributes for Commando Helicopter Force
There was a tremendous sense of pride and excitement throughout the Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) when it was announced that their Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel, or ‘Junglies’ as they are known colloquially, would be parading through London on 10th December 2010.
They were presented with the Operational Service Medal (Afghanistan) from HRH The Prince of Wales at Clarence House in front of invited guests and families.
The Prince is no stranger to CHF. In 1975, he served as a pilot on HMS Hermes. He was also the first member of the Royal Family to serve on an operational Fleet Air Arm Squadron.
CHF is an extremely dynamic unit and has been involved in front line operations continuously since the 1st Gulf War in 1991. Elements of 845 and 846 Naval Air Squadron Sea King helicopters have been operating at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan since 2007. They provide tactical aviation support essential to UK forces in Helmand as well as NATO troops in the wider southern region on a daily basis.
The Commanding Officer CHF, Captain Jon Pentreath Royal Navy, commented, “This was a tremendous occasion for the personnel of the Commando Helicopter Force and more importantly their families. We celebrated the immense achievements being made daily by Royal Navy personnel in the extremely challenging environment of Afghanistan where they operate with Fleet Air Arm, Army and RAF helicopters. It was an enormous privilege for members of my Force to receive their Operational Service Medal from His Royal Highness”.