British Forces Philatelic Service

First Ever Use Of The Helicopter For An Assault Landing – Operation Musketeer was the Anglo-French plan for the invasion of the Suez Canal in 1956. As part of this helicopters were used to transport Royal Marines of 45 Commando 9 miles from the aircraft carrier HMS Theseus to Port Said. This was the first ever use of helicopters for an assault landing.
BFPS has produced a commemorative cover to mark this groundbreaking use of helicopters.
The images used on the cover and the specially produced smiler stamp were taken by ‘troops on operation’ and provide a real sense of history in the making. The smiler stamp will be cancelled by the ‘BFPS 3201 Operation Musketeer’ handstamp, which incorporates an image of the iconic Wessex Whirlwind helicopter.
The cover may be ordered from the BFPS online shop ( from the 18th October 2016 and will cost just £7.50 (UK/BFPO p&p free).
You can also order the covers by post by sending a cheque (payable to ‘BFPS CIC’) to BFPS The Old Post Office Links Place Elie Fife KY9 1AX.

RNA Norwich

The Norwich Branch is one of 300+ branches of the Royal Naval Association world wide. It was commissioned in 1979 and today has a membership of just over 90. It is a registered charity in its own right - the Registered Charity Number is: 1068699

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