Del'd: 72 - 1963 to 2003


The RAF ordered the Wessex HC.2 in Aug 1961 and used the HC.2 - 71 production airframes which could carry a 4000lb (1800 kg) slung load and 1 pre-production prototype. The first Wessex HC.2 was delivered in Feb 1963 and after trials, 18 Squadron used the first operational Wessex HC.2 on 9 Feb 1964. 72 Squadron replaced its Belvedere HC.1s with the Wessex HC.2 in Aug 1964, 78 Squadron re-equipped in 1965, followed by 240 Operational Conversion Unit in Jul 1967, 28 Squadron in Feb 1972, 103 Squadron in Nov 1972 and 84 Squadron in Mar 1982.

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YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1992/9760(r) squadron RAF Shawbury
RAF Benson
1982/8484 squadronCY RAF Akrotiri
CY Nicosia (Lefkosia)
1982/83202 squadronBrawdy
RAF Coltishall
RAF Boulmer
RAF Lossiemouth
Thorney Island
1980/82wessex training flightRAF Benson
1974/9722 squadronAAC Wattisham
Newquay Cornwall Airport (RAF St Mawgan)
RAF Coltishall
RAF Coltishall
RAF Leconfield
RAF Leuchars
Kent International / Manston
Thorney Island
RAF Coltishall
RMB Chivenor
Newquay Cornwall Airport (RAF St Mawgan)
RAF Valley
1972/9728 squadronHK Kai Tak
HK Sek Kong
HK Kai Tak
1972/75103 squadronSG Tengah Air Base
1971/81240 operational conversion unitRAF Odiham
1971air training squadronRAF Odiham
1967/71wessex (sar) flightBH RAF Muharraq
1967/71helicopter operational conversion flightRAF Odiham
1967/71SAR Flight, MuharraqBH RAF Muharraq
1966/67SAR Flight, KhormaksarYE Khormaksar / Aden International
1965/7178 squadronAE RAF Sharjah
YE Khormaksar / Aden International
1964/0272 squadronJHCFS Aldergrove
RAF Benson
Kent International / Manston
RAF Odiham
1964/8018 squadronDE Gütersloh
DE Gütersloh
RAF Odiham
1964/67short range conversion unitRAF Odiham
1963/98sar training unit (sartu) RAF Valley
1963/972FTSRAF Shawbury
RAF Tern Hill
1963/64wessex intensive flying trials unitRAF Odiham

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