RAF Chinooks have been widely deployed in support of British military engagements, serving their first wartime role in Operation Corporate, the Falklands War, in 1982.Chinooks were used in Operation Granby in the 1991 Gulf War, attached to large peace-keeping commitments in the Balkans, the continued British presence in Afghanistan, and in Operation Telic in the 2003 Iraq War.
UK Chinook procurement ambitions were revived in 1978 with an announced requirement for a new heavy-lift helicopter to replace the Westland Wessex.
Thirty Chinooks were ordered at a price of US$200 million.
On 10 August 1999 hundreds of Chinooks around the world, including those used by the British armed forces, were grounded due to cracking discovered in the landing gear of a British helicopter during routine inspection.
On 15 December 2009 the British government announced its Future Helicopter Strategy including the purchase of 24 new build Chinooks, 22 to expand the force and two to replace losses in Afghanistan, to be delivered to the Royal Air Force from 2012. 18 and 27 Squadron aircraft is carried out by 18/27 (Engineering) Squadron, a separate Squadron using the innovative 'fight by flight' structure to provide the efficiencies of combined engineering whilst maintaining aircrew/ground crew relationships when deployed. 18 and 27 Squadron aircrew and 18/27 (Engineering) Squadron groundcrew is known as No. The RAF has a total of 48 Chinooks in inventory as of late August 2009.
During the Falklands War, Chinooks were deployed by both the British and Argentinian forces.
In April 1982, five Chinooks were loaded aboard the container ship MV Atlantic Conveyor bound for the Falkland Islands, to support the British operations.A programme to upgrade 46 Chinook Mk2/2A and Mk3 helicopters was initiated in December 2008.Called Project Julius, it includes new digital flight deck avionics based on the Thales Top Deck avionics suite, comprising new multifunction displays, a digital moving map display and an electronic flight bag, installation of a nose-mounted FLIR detector, and upgrading the engines to the more powerful T55-714 standard.RAF Chinooks were part of an estimated force of 40 helicopters in the British task force, alongside Westland Sea King and Westland Wessex helicopters. 78 Squadron as part of the Falklands Garrison; this was reduced to a single helicopter in the mid-1990s and the type was eventually withdrawn from the Falklands in 2006 in order to free up resources and craft for operations in Afghanistan.On 12 June 1999, waves of Chinooks, escorted by Westland Lynx and American AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, were used to rapidly deploy British infantry forces into Kosovo as a part of NATO's first phase of deployment.Behold the new online dating site that will make Americans leery of living under a President Trump go, "Oh Canada." It's called Maple Match and it's the brainchild of a 25-year-old Texan named Joe Goldman whose site promises to "make dating great again." "Maple Match makes it easy for Americans to find the ideal Canadian partner to save them from the unfathomable horror of a Trump presidency," the site declares.