Joint Helicopter Command

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Joint Helicopter Command
File:Joint Helicopter Command logo.jpg
Active 1999 - present
Country  United Kingdom
Allegiance Queen Elizabeth II
Branch Tri-Service
Type Type command
Role Rotary wing operations

15,000 personnel

239 helicopters
Garrison/HQ Army Headquarters
Major General Richard Felton CBE[1]
Ceremonial chief Queen Elizabeth II

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 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.


As of 2006, Joint Helicopter Command had 243 aircraft available for operations.[citation needed] 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:

The Command also has operational command of 16 Air Assault Brigade, which comprises 4 infantry battalions in the air assault and parachute infantry roles, plus supporting elements.

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.

By August 16, 47th Regiment Royal Artillery will under JHC command.[3]

Joint Helicopter Force (Iraq)

The following types were deployed to Iraq under JHF (I):[4]

Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan)

The following types were deployed to Afghanistan under JHF (A):

Joint Helicopter Force (Northern Ireland)

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.

Senior Commanders

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:



  1. Joint Helicopter Command
  2. 2.0 2.1 "TAQ". MoD. Jan 12.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Operation Telic 2" (PDF). Operation Telic. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  5. "Operation Telic 9" (PDF). Operation Telic. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  6. "Operation Telic 3" (PDF). Operation Telic. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  7. "Operation Telic 6" (PDF). Operation Telic. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 March 2008, p. 8.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Operation HERRICK, Afghanistan.". Royal Air Force. Retrieved 21 October 2014. 


  • March, P (2008). The Royal Air Force Yearbook 2008. Fairford, UK: The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprises. 

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