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771 NAS : 771 naval air squadron

1939 to 2016    





Tail Codes
FD 1951/55
PO 1961
CU 1964/15
771 squadron
771 Naval Air Squadron was formed in 1939 at Lee-on-Solent as a Fleet Requirements Unit flying a variety of fixed wing aircraft. In Sep 1945 it received the Hoverfly, making 771 the first naval air squadron to operate helicopters, which it used until May 1947. It disbanded in Aug 1955 when it combined with 703 Squadron to form 700 Squadron. 771 Squadron reformed and assumed a helicopter trials and SAR role with the introduction of the Whirlwind HAR.3 in 1961 at RNAS Portland, until 1964 when it disbanded and became 829 Squadron. It reformed at RNAS Portland in Jun 1967 with Whirlwinds and began to introduce the Wessex in Nov 1969.
It moved to RNAS Culdrose in Sep 1974. 6 of its Wessex were left at RNAS Portland, to form the basis of 772 Squadron. The Wessex HAS.1 was replaced by the twin turbine powered Wessex HU.5 in 1979. In 1985, it absorbed 707 Squadrons Wessex when it took over Commando Helicopter Training and the Wessex were replaced by the Westland Sea King HAS.5 in Oct 1987 as the Squadron assumed a long range, day/night and all weather SAR capability and then converted to the HAR.5. In July 2001, 771 Squadron assumed the responsibility for Advanced and Operational Flying Training for Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) Pilots and Observers, as well as the residual Sea King HAS.5 & HAS.6 Pilot Conversion and Refresher Courses. On 1 Nov 2001, the unit took administrative responsibility for HMS Gannet SAR Flight, when it absorbed 819 Squadron at Prestwick.
Between late 2012 and early 2013, 771 NAS began stencilling its Sea Kings on the sponsons and rear hulls with notable (ie dangerous) rescue missions it had accomplished. Where known, these are recorded in the individual airframe histories.
771 NAS must be one of the very few British units to have the unique privilege of witnessing a birth in flight. Baby Marcus was born to a mum from St. Martins in the Isles of Scilly, during a medevac mission to the Royal Cornwall Hospital on 1 Oct 2013.
On 31 Dec 2015, 771 NAS stood down and handed over Search and Rescue operations to the MCA from Newquay. Decommisssioned on 23 Mar 2016 in a ceremony at RNAS Culdrose.

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HMS Gannet SAR Flight

News about this Rotary Wing Unit :

Royal Navy SAR Sea Kings Leave Culdrose, 12-Apr-16 : Royal Navy last three SAR Sea King flew from RNAS Culdrose base to HMS Sultan in Gosport. 771 Naval Air Squadron was formally decommissioned at the end of March and their tasks assigned to civilians

Royal Navy 771 Squadron Final Month of SAR Operations, 07-Dec-15 : After 40 years, 771 Naval Air Squadron entered into its last month of search and rescue (SAR) tasking as responsibility will be passed onto the Maritime and Coastguard Agency contractor Bristow.

771 Naval Air Squadron Farewell Flight, 21-May-15 : Royal Navy 771 Naval Air Squadron celebrates their 76th birthday with a Sea King formation around the west coast of Cornwall. Will hand over its SAR duties at the end of the year

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YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2001/16PrestwickEGPK
1974/16RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1967/74PortlandEGDP
1961/64PortlandEGDP
1947/48Lee-on-SolentEGHF
1946/47PortlandEGDP
1942/45Twatt
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YearsModels
1987/16 sea king     Sea King HU.5
1979/88 wessex     Wessex HU.5
1969/79 wessex     Wessex HAS.1
1967/70 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAS.7
1963/64wasp
1963 wessex     Wessex HAS.1
1961/64saro p.531
1961/63 dragonfly     Dragonfly HR.5
1961 s-55 H-19     Whirlwind HAS.22
1961/64 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAR.3
1945/47R-4 Hoverfly

Construction Numbers for 771Sq Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
55-477 HO4S-3 1953 WV205 : 845Sq/W by Apr 1957; 728Sq C Flt/624 by Feb 1958; Fleetlands Nov 1958; 771+
United States Naval Aviation 133745 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-477, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Ju+
wa 66 har3 1955 XJ402 : Trials at Yeovil until 1958. 701 Sq/723 by Jun 1958, 771Sq/751-PO Jul 1961+
wa197 has7 1957 XL835 : 820Sq/294 by Dec 1959; 705Sq/520 by Nov 1960 until Jan 1962; Brawdy SAR Fl+
wa206 has7 1958 XL844 : 820 Sq/295-R by Jan 1960 to Sep 1959; 737Sq/771 by Oct 1961; 771Sq/753-PO +
wa232 has7 1958 XL882 : 771Sq/751 by Mar 1964, 829 Sq/514 by Jan 1965, ditched and w/o E of Portla+
wa 7 has.1 1959 XM326 : 771Sq/421-PO by Apr 1972, until c Feb 1974. Part of 771Sq team at 6th Int+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XM326 : dd Aug 1959 to Westland. Used as trials aiframe at several MoD establishm+
wa 22 has.1 1961 XM841 : 815 Sq/301-C by Jun 1965, 815 Sq/051-R by Mar 1966 to c Oct 1966; 819 Sq/5+
wa 24 has.1 1961 XM843 : 814Sq/271-V by Apr 1966 still Jan 1967; 706Sq/572-CU by Sep 1967 accident +
wa 33 has.1 1961 XM874 : 737 Sq/400-GL Glamorgan Flt by Jul 1967 still Nov 1967, 771Sq/519-PO by Ju+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XM874 : A&AEE Boscombe Down by Jan 1963
wa 38 has.1 1961 XM917 : 814Sq/340-H by Dec 1961, damaged during ground running at Sembawang 4 Jul +
wa288 has7 1960 XN308 : 814Sq/287-H by Apr 1960 to Sep 1961, 846 Sq/Y-A from May 1962 to May 1963,+
s2/5268 saro p.531 1958 XN332 : dd into RN service 2 Oct 1959 as 1st trials airframe. Spent its service li+
Westland G-APNV : P.531-1 built at Eastleigh, ff 30 Sep 1958. 2nd prototype, also with 400sh+
s2/5270 saro p.531 1958 XN334 : Delivered into RN service 6 Oct 1959 as 3rd trials airframe, aboard HMS Un+
Westland XN334 : P.531 O/N built at Eastleigh, to UK Royal Navy for trials.
wa 84 has.1 1962 XP151 : RN Wessex HAS.1; London Flt/175-LO by Oct 1963; London Flt /405-LO by A+
wa 92 has.1 1962 XP159 : 820Sq/297-E by Nov 1964, 814Sq/341-V by Apr 1965, 814Sq/270-V by Jul 1966,+
- XP159 : to Electrical Research Association, Leatherhead by Jun 1979 to Jun 1983
Royal Air Force XP159 : to 8877M at RAF Odiham by May 1986, privately owned Brands Hatch, scrapped+
wa155 hu.5 1963 XS481 : 848Sq /C-B by 1969; 707Sq /WZ-CU by Sep71; 707Sq /WZ-VL by Sep73 still Aug+
wa158 hu.5 1963 XS484 : 771Sq uncoded noted visiting the Norton pad on 12 Nov 1982
wa160 hu.5 1964 XS486 : 848Sq A Flt/WW Apr 1982 to Jul 1982, 707Sq /WW by Jul 1982, 707Sq/ZH by Se+
wa162 hu.5 1964 XS488 : 771Sq Aug 1982, RNAY Wroughton by Sep 1982; to 9056M, G.I. Gosport /XK-F b+
Royal Marines XS488 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XK
: 847Sq /XK noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
- XS488 : 21sep13 at a residential address in Shropshire
Gunsmoke Paintball XS488 : Airframe has been extensively patched during BDRT and the main fuselage is+
wa168 hu.5 1964 XS494 : Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA168, f/f:?; del Royal Navy as XS494, 29/05/196+
wa180 hu.5 1964 XS511 : 771Sq/825 Apr 1984.
- XS511 : To Tangmere Military Aviation Museum in 2005.
f.9574 wasp 1964 XS563 : d/d 30 Apr 1964, 771Sq/759 when crashed 08 Jul 1965, broken up for spares +
f.9579 wasp 1964 XS568 : d/d 10 Jul 1964; 771Sq/768 by Sep 1964; 829 SQ HQ Flt/501 by May 1965; to +
wa255 has.1 1965 XS875 : 737Sq/527-PO by Feb 1966; 737Sq Hampshire Flt/402-HA by Mar 1968 still Jun+
wa256 has.1 1965 XS876 : d/d 23 Dec 1965 to Culdrose. 814Sq by Feb 1966, 826Sq/340-H by May 1966, d+
wa268 has.1 1966 XS888 : 771Sq/420-PO by Apr 1972, until c Jul 1974. Part of 771Sq team at 6th Int+
wa269 has.1 1966 XS889 : Nov78 as 771Sq /CU-523
wa283 hu.5 1965 XT461 : Wessex HU.5 dd 5 Aug 1965; to 845Sq/F-B by Oct 1965 still May 1966; 845Sq/+
: 1980s, pictured (bot) as HU.5 type 771Sqd /CU-25 on rescue demonstration +
: w/o 16 Oct 1987 with 771Sq/825-CU when ditched in Mounts Bay near Porthlev+
wa289 hu.5 1965 XT467 : 845Sq/G-B by Mar 1966 still Sep 1968. 781Sq by Feb 1970, 707Sq/WY-VL by Ju+
: 771Sq /525-CU, participated in Fastnet Race rescue on 13-14 Aug 1979
Royal Air Force 8922M : to RAF Gutersloh Jan 1987 (painted up as XR504 18Sq/BF by Jun 1987) for BD+
Everett Aero XT467 : Everett Aero, Sproughton by Mar 2003 still Feb 2004
Gunsmoke Paintball XT467 : Gunsmoke Paintball site Hadliegh Suffolk by Nov 2006 still Jul 2009 still +
wa290 hu.5 1965 XT468 : Wessex HU.5 d/d to RN 31 Oct 1965,  847 Sq/H-S by 1969, 737 Sq Tidespring+
Royal Marines XT468 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /H
wa291 hu.5 1965 XT469 : RN Wessex HU.5; d/d Nov 1965,  848Sq/E-A; 847 Sq/E-S by 1969: 848Sq/VE-B +
Royal Marines XT469 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /E
: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XN
: 847Sq /XN noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
Royal Air Force XT469 : to RAF as /8920M; 17jul92 pictured (bot) preserved at RAF Stafford
- XT469 : 22nov13 Its on e-bay for £12500
: Dec14 at Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight. Initially in a yard to south-west of +
: 21sep15 is for sale on Ream Salvage for 11000,00£
: 21oct16 still at Isle of Wight. Local newspaper County Press reported havi+
wa293 hu.5 1965 XT471 : Wessex HU.5 d/d to RN 19 Jan 1966,  847 Sq/F-S by 1969, Fleetlands 1976, +
Royal Marines XT471 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /F
: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XW
: 847Sq /XW noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
wa304 hu.5 1966 XT482 : d/d 5 May 1966 to RN as HU.5. To Culdrose 8 Jun 1966, 707Sq/Q by Jun 1967 +
Royal Marines XT482 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XL
wa307 hu.5 1966 XT485 : 848Sq/VT-A by Jun 1971, 848Sq/VT-B by sep 1971 still Sep 1974. 771Sq/522-C+
Royal Marines XT485 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /K
wa477 hu.5 1966 XT755 : 848Sq/D-A by Aug 1967, 847Sq/D-S by 1969, 848 Sq/VD-A by Jul 1971, 848 Sq/+
Royal Marines XT755 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /D
: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XX
: 847Sq /XX noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
wa483 hu.5 1966 XT761 : Wessex HU.5 d/d to RN 20 Oct 1966; 845Sq/J-A by 1969; 847 Sq/J-S by 1970; +
Royal Marines XT761 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /J
wa551 hu.5 1967 XT769 : 771Sq/530-CU to Hope Cove, Devon as Rescue 77 to recover to young girls fr+
wa555 hu.5 1967 XT773 : del into long term storage, spending time between Fleetlands, Lee and Wrou+
Royal Marines XT773 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XT
: 847Sq /XT noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
wa 635 has.1 1969 XV647 : Conv to HU.5 mid 1987; 771Sq/820-CU by Feb 1988 still Mar 1999, to AMG-CU +
: RN; 1994 type:HAS.5U 771Sqn./R-820; 1996 771Sqn./20
: 771Sq Gannet SAR Flt//707-WP by Dec 2001, still May 2004; 771Sq/828 by Apr+
: 771Sq /828-CU involved in MSC Napoli rescue on 18 Jan 2007.
wa 636 has.1 1969 XV648 : Conv HU.5 c 1994, 819Sq/708-PW by Jan 1999 still Sep 2000; 771Sq Gannet SA+
: 2009 HU.5S type 771Sqn /18
: 23jul13 pictured (pic4) as 771Sq /18 duty SAR at RNAS Culdrose callsign Na+
wa 639 has.1 1969 XV651 : Built as HAS.1 and ff 17 Oct 1969, dd 07 Nov 1969 RAE Boscombe Down, fitt+
QinetiQ XV651 : 15jul10 QinetiQ at Boscombe Down
- XV651 : 09mar16 at Honeypot Lane for sale as airframe only
: 10aug16 at mini moo's farm, Edmondsley, Durham. DH7 6EY
wa 649 has.1 1970 XV661 : 22feb93 HAS.5 type 771Sqn./CU-824
: 1995 HAS.5 type 771Sqn./CU-824; 1996 HAS.5 type 771Sqn./824; 2004 HAS.5U t+
wa 654 has.1 1970 XV666 : 22feb93 HAS.5 type 771Sqn./CU-823
: 1994 HU.5U type 771Sqn /CU-823
: 16Nov94 noted RNAS Portland coded CU.823 of 771Squadron; 05Jun96 noted RNA+
: 2003 Conv HU.5U 771Sq /823 still 2004; Nov05 771Sq /821; Apr07 VL AMG;+
: Fleetlands by Jul 2009; 771Sq /821 by Nov 2009
: Mar16 771Sqn /(CU-8)21 decommissioned; 11Apr16 last flight from Culdros+
HeliOperations XV666 : HeliOps; VAHS Fleetlands for overhaul and repainting by Jun17 following l+
wa 658 has.1 1970 XV670 : 17aug13 type:HU.5 771Sqn. 100 years celebration Marineflieger
: Mar16 771Sqn /(CU-8)17 decommissioned; 11Apr16 last flight from Culdrose
wa 661 has.1 1970 XV673 : conv to HU.5 type; 05jul13 pictured (top) as 771Sqn /27 at RAF Waddington
: 24jul13 pictured (bot) as 771Sq /27 at RNAS Culdrose
wa 670 has.1 1971 XV699 : 771Sq Culdrose; to 771Sq Gannet SAR Flt /823 on 7 Jul 2009
: 12sep09 pictured as HU.5 type /823 with 771Sq at RAF Leuchars airshow
British Army XV699 : noted embarked on HMS Bulwark coded 141-B with 826NAS mar79 for Exercise C+
Vector Aerospace XV699 : Dec08 Vector Aerospace
wa 676 has.1 1971 XV705 : RN; 1994 type:HAR.5U 771Sqn./CU-821; 1996 type:HAR.5 771Sqn./821; 2007 typ+
: HU.5 conv Aug 1987; 771Sq/821-CU by Feb 1988
: 24jul96 pictured (pic1) as HU.5 type 771Sqn /CU-821 at RNAS Culdrose Air D+
: To A2618 /821-CU stored HMS Sultan, to DARA Fleetlands by 2004; 771Sq Gann+
- XV705 : 13aug17 at Mackleys Industrial Estate BN5 9XE outside Bramlands Aviation, +
wa 842 has.2 1976 XZ574 : HAS.6 to 820Sq/015-L by Jan 1999, 810Sq/512 by Oct 2000, 771Sq/829-CU by 2+
: 2004 type:HAS.6 771Sqn./29
wa 880 has.5 1979 XZ920 : 1994 HAS.5U type 771Sqn /CU-882; 1996 HAR.5 type 771Sqn /822
: 02Oct96 noted RNAS Portland coded -.822 of 771Squadron; Aug09 coded PW.707+
: Mar16 771Sqn /(CU-8)24 decommissioned; 11Apr16 last flight from Culdrose
wa 891 has.5 1980 ZA130 : conv HU.5U at Fleetlands from Jun 1996; 771Sq/824-CU by Mar 2000 still 200+
: jul00 HAS.5U type 771Sqn./CU-824
: 771Sq Gannet Flt/709-PW by Apr 2003 still Dec 2004 still Nov 2005,
: 06aug06 pictured (pic2) with 771sqd as ZA130 /719 during Falmouth Royal +
: 771Sq/819 by Aug 2006; VL AMG/19 by May 2007; 771Sq/819 by Dec 2007
: jul07 HU.5 type 771Sqn /CU-819
: 05sep09 pictured (pic3) as 771Sq/19 at HMNB Devonport during Navy Days 200+
: 771Sq Gannet SAR Flt/719 by Apr 2013
wa 895 has.5 1981 ZA134 : RN in 1996 771Sqn. /824; 2004 type HU.5SAR 771Sqn. /CU-825
wa 898 has.5 1981 ZA137 : RN HAS.5 type ; 1994 706Sqn /97; jul00 HAS.5U type 771Sqn /CU-820
: 2004 HU.5SAR type 771Sqn /CU-820; 2009 still
: 771Sq /820-CU involved in MSC Napoli rescue on 18 Jan 2007.
: 24jul13 pictured (bot) as 771Sq /20, "Mullion Harbour 6 August 1987" mrks,+
QinetiQ ZA137 : QinetiQ from 26aug14, on loan until the end of its flying life
wa 899 has.5 1982 ZA166 : 2004 HU5 type 771Sqd /CU-828; Aug07 pictured (pic1) as 771Sqd /16 during R+
: 05mar15 pictured (pic3) at RAF Northolt during Nightshoot XVIII as 771Sq /+
HeliOperations ZA166 : HeliOps; VAHS Fleetlands for overhaul and repainting by Jun17 following l+
wa 900 has.5 1982 ZA167 : 21jul96 pictured as HAR.5 type 771sqn /825 at Fairford airshow. Danish U-2+
: 2004 type:HU.5 771Sqn./CU-822; 2009 type:HU.5 771Sqn./22
: 19jul11 picture as 771Sq /22 at RNAS Culdrose
: 771Sq/825-CU by Oct 1995, 771Sq/822-CU by Jun 1999 still 2003 still 2004 s+
wa 901 has.5 1982 ZA168 : RN; 2003 type:HAS.6 771Sqn./CU-830
wa 902 has.5 1982 ZA169 : Conv to HU5 (or, at least from HAS.6 with removal of some equipment) at Cu+
wa 956 has.5 1986 ZE418 : Oct94 as 771Sqn /826 participated SAR meet 94 from Leeuwarden airbase, Net+
wa 974 hc.4 1987 ZF124 : Oct94 as 771Sqn /24 in AR meet 94 from Leeuwarden air base Netherlands.
58 serials found for 771Sq

Operations

DatesOperation
31-dec-0931-dec-09 Rescue from Trawler Trevessa
18-jan-0718-jan-07 MSC Napoli rescue
20-jun-0525-jun-05 SAR meet 2005
16-aug-0416-aug-04 Boscastle Flood Disaster
04-oct-9406-oct-94 SAR meet 1994
28-oct-8928-oct-89 Rescue from mv Muree
13-aug-7914-aug-79 Rescue from Fastnet Yacht Race
25-jun-7728-jun-77 Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen
07-jul-7212-jul-72 6th International Helicopter SAR Competition
15-jun-5315-jun-53 Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet

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