united kingdom Coypool

Plymouth, England
united kingdom

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3.3335EGHD Plymouth, England
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4.9217 Mount Batten, England

1941 to 1995

50 23 45 secs N - 4 5 10.3 secs W
2.5nm ENE of Plymouth
Elevation: 20 feet

Opened in May 1941 as a depot for the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), it had river and rail access.  Its closure was announced in 1961, when it was run down. The worldwide deployment of British forces saw radical changes during the 1950s and 1960s and by 1971, the Royal Marines had returned from Near and Far East bases to its headquarters in Plymouth. By then, Coypool had become a depot again, with its storage facilities holding vehicles and equipment.
In 1973, the two hangars on the southern margin of Plymouth Airport were demolished to make way for the grounds of a new Teacher Training College and the Sioux AH.1 and Scout AH.1 based there moved down the valley to Coypool, where one of the buildings was turned over to hangarage and part of the motor pool car park became a helipad.  Plymouth kept expanding economically and the RAF had recently pulled its Hawk trainers out of Chivenor. The Coypool base functions were transferred to Chivenor and 3CBAS formally moved to RNAS Yeovilton on 6 Nov 1982.
Around 1995, the base finally closed and the area has now been redeveloped into a Woodland Park with riverside walk and cycle track along the old Launceston branch railway line. It is backed onto by a small retail park.

These facilities underwent a major facelift with new roofing on all the hangar area and new security fencing all round the site. It was then sold to Princess Yachts. The site is home to their Carpentry, Metal Fabrication, Wiring Loom Shop as well as various Grp layup shops.

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1971/823 Commando Brigade Air SquadronLynx 1982/95
SA341B Gazelle AH.1 1974/95
scout 1970/82
sioux 1968/75


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1972-jul-17 AccidentFleet Air ArmwaspXT438
1979-jun-28 Fleet Air ArmwaspXT782
1979-jul-09 CA Canadian Armed ForcesCH-136 Kiowa136225
1979-jul-09 CA Canadian Armed ForcesCH-136 Kiowa136231
1982-jun-03 Royal Air ForceSA330E PumaXW212

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