|Joint Helicopter Command|
|Allegiance||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Active||1999 - present|
|Role||Rotary wing operations|
|Size|| 15,000 personnel
|Commanders||Air Vice-Marshal Carl Dixon CB, OBEQueen Elizabeth II|
Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) is a tri-service organisation uniting military helicopters of the British Armed Forces for command and coordination purposes. Joint Helicopter Command reports to Army Headquarters at Andover.
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. Since the invasion, Joint Helicopter Command has maintained units in Iraq, in support of deployed British and coalition forces there. Another detachment is also maintained in Afghanistan, as part of Operation Herrick.
As of 2006, Joint Helicopter Command had 243 aircraft available for operations. The majority of the United Kingdom's military helicopters come under JHC, although exceptions include the Royal Navy's fleet helicopters, 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
- Royal Corps of Signals
- Army Air Corps
- Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
- 7th (Air Assault) Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
JHC is commanded by a two-star officer from either the Royal Navy, British Army or Royal Air Force.
Commander Joint Helicopter Command has been held by:
- 1999 - 2002 Air Vice-Marshal David Niven
- 2002 - 2005 Air Vice-Marshal Paul Luker
- 2005 - 2008 Major General Gary Coward
- 2008 - 2011 Rear Admiral Anthony Johnstone-Burt
- 2011–Present Air Vice-Marshal Carl Dixon
- Official website
- Joint Helicopter Command - British Army
- Joint Helicopter Command - Royal Navy
- House of Commons Written Answers
- Ministry of Defence - Operations in Iraq - First Reflections
- Defence Analytical Services Agency
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