SEA King helicopter crew personnel at RNAS Yeovilton are to be presented with medals by the Prince of Wales at Clarence House next week.

Yeovilton’s 845 and 846 Naval Air Squadrons, who are part of the Royal Navy’s Commando Helicopter Force, have recently completed their final mission in support of Operation Herrick in Afghanistan.

The Junglies – as they are affectionately known after serving in the jungles of Borneo in the 1960s, have returned to Yeovilton and are preparing to start using the Merlin helicopter currently operated by the RAF.

Now it has been announced that 120 Royal Navy and Royal Marine helicopter force personnel will be parading through London on Friday, December 9, before they receive the Operational Service Medal at Clarence House.

The Commanding Officer CHF, Captain Matt Briers, praised both airmen and support personnel for their commitment.

“The presentation of Afghanistan operational medals by the Prince of Wales will be a tremendous honour, not only for the men and women of the helicopter force, but also for their loved ones,” he said.

While in Afghanistan they were based at Camp Bastion and provided air support for UK forces in Helmand and NATO troops in the south of the region.