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SA365 Dauphin II - Fleet Air Arm

The Eurocopter SA 365/AS365 Dauphin (Dolphin) is a medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter manufactured by Eurocopter (originally by Aérospatiale).

Developed from the single-engined Aérospatiale SA 360 Dauphin variant, the SA 365/AS365 Dauphin is one of Eurocopter's most successful designs and is widely used as a corporate transport, airborne law enforcement platform, emergency medical services (EMS) helicopter, electronic news gathering platform, and search & rescue helicopter. One of the distinctive features of the Dauphin is its fenestron tail rotor.

The Royal Navy aquired two SA365 Dauphin II in 1999 when they were delivered to the Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) unit which has been a world centre of excellence in the Royal Navy for Naval basic and advanced operational training since 1958.

FOST certifies crews and vessels as fit to join the operational fleet after rigorous exercises and readiness inspections. It moved from Portland to Plymouth in 1999.

FOST operates the pair of Dauphin helicopters from Plymouth City Airport to allow its instructors to join vessels with minimal delay during intense training periods.

As well as training Royal Naval personnel, it has also been an important source of revenue in training foreign naval crews to handle and fight their vessels.

Since May 2007, FOST has also been tasked with the training of members of UK Sea Cadets and Sea Scout youth organisations.

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