united kingdom 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron

Royal Marines


3CBAS : 3 cbas

1968 to 1995    




3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron Royal Marines

3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron
Almost co-inciding with the Commando Carriers (HMS Albion & HMS Bulwark) being replaced by the Landing Platforms Dock (LPD) HMS Fearless & HMS Intrepid, and to give more effective support to Commandos in the field, Brigade Flight, 40 Cdo RM Air Troop, 42 Cdo RM Air Troop and 29 Cdo RA Air Troop began to be amalgamated at Sembawang, Singapore from 1967 and was officially recognised on 12 Aug 1968 as 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron. The unit began life with 14 Sioux AH.1, at least 13 of which were embarked on HMS Intrepid for Exercise Coral Sands in Sep-Oct 1968.
In 1971, 3 CBAS returned to the UK and added 41 Cdo RM Air Troop and 45 Cdo RM Air Troop bringing a mix of Sioux and Scout AH.1 to the unit. Between 1974 & 1975, the Sioux AH.1 were replaced by the Gazelle AH.1. Between Sep 1976 and Oct 1977, the unit maintained a detachment of Gazelle, through 2 tours at RAF Aldergrove.
During the Falklands War in 1982, 3 CBAS operated 9 Gazelles (3 each) on RFA Sir Galahad, RFA Sir Geraint and RFA Sir Percivale, with 6 Scouts (3 each) on HMS Fearless and RFA Sir Lancelot. Shortly after the Falklands conflict in 1982, the Scouts were replaced by the Lynx AH.1 After distinguished service at home and overseas, 3 CBAS was replaced by 847 Naval Air Squadron on 31 Aug 1995.



41 Commando attached as Salerno flght late 60s early 70s at St Geoges Barracks Malta
3Commando where based at Coypool just out side Plymouth and aided in the evacuation during the trouble in Cyprus. Also they did the States run manouvers to Florida and Nassau, Jamaica residing in the JDF where I recovered a Jamaican Defence Force light fixed wing which had been down for over twelve months. The engine frame was changed and a new prop fitted and was flown back to base within 12 hours. Further trip was to the ABC island for practice manouvers with the Americans. This took place from 1973 to 1977. The main part of the technicians were accomodated in Stone house Barracks
HQ Flt of 3 CBAS in 1980 held the following Scout AH.1: XW616/P, XT629/R, XP893/S, XP902/T and XP907/U. These were based at Coypool at that time.

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1982/95RNAS YeoviltonEGDY
1976/77JHCFS AldergroveEGAA
1971/82Coypool
1968/71SG SembawangWSAG
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YearsModels
1982/95Lynx
1974/95SA341B Gazelle AH.1
1970/82scout
1968/75sioux

Construction Numbers for 3CBAS Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
f.9494 scout XP893 : 3CBAS / S, displayed aboard HMS Fearless at Plymouth Navy Days
: Royal Marines; 06jan80 3CBAS /S on route
f.9502 scout XP901 : Royal Marines; jan78 3CBAS
f.9503 scout XP902 : Royal Marines; jan78 3CBAS
: 06jan80 3CBAS /T on route
f.9508 scout 1963 XP907 : Royal Marines; 06jan80 3CBAS /U on route; toward G-SROE
British Army XP907 : 657Sq (ex 3CBAS /U) landed on mv Astronomer in Plymouth Sound 7 Jun 1982, +
- G-SROE : ex XP907
f.9527 scout 1964 XR627 : Royal Marines; 06jan80 3CBAS /Q on route
wa356 ab47 1966 XT197 : RM Sioux AH.1; With 3CBAS coded Z at Middle Wallop Airshow jul75; 10Oct88 +
- G-BPDY : Private, Reg Canx 29Oct91
: Private, Re-registered 16Jan92, to OY-HCO 20Dec02
- OY-HCO : Private, unk to SE-HIF
- SE-HIF : Private, unk to VH-HFG
- VH-HFG : Private, unk to VH-PBK
- VH-PBK : Private, based at Caboolture, Queensland
f.9635 scout XT629 : Royal Marines; jan78 3CBAS
: 06jan80 3CBAS /R on route
f.9744 scout XW616 : Royal Marines; 06jan80 3CBAS /P on route
1016 gazelle 1973 XW849 : 3CBAS /V noted visiting Lympstone on 1 Nov 1982
: Royal Marines Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland; 05jun94 3CBAS./G Flypast Por+
British Army XW849 : AAC AH.1
- XW849 : Aug15 being rebuilt to flying status for the Gazelle Sqn Display Team by t+
1231 gazelle XW912 : 1980 3CBAS /L
British Army XW912 : AAC Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland
: instructional airframe at SEAE ( School of Electrical and Aeronautical Eng+
: Oct11 instr a/c at SEAE Arborfield TAD.019
1254 gazelle 1974 XX376 : Royal Marines; jan78 3CBAS./K
: RM 3CBAS w/o 29sep83
: crashed and w/o at Hagen as 3CBAS/D, shortly after take off from Detmold d+
1257 gazelle 1974 XX377 : Royal Marines; jan78 3CBAS./L
British Army XX377 : AAC AH.1; 656Sqn w/o 06jun82 Falklands/Malvinas, shot down by friendly fir+
1268 gazelle XX380 : jan78 with 3CBAS./M at Valkenburg, Netherlands
1269 gazelle 1974 XX381 : 1980 3CBAS /F
British Army XX381 : AAC Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland
: 1998 662Sqn.
: Feb12 displayed within grounds Wellbeck Defence Sixth Form College, Woodho+
1273 gazelle 1974 XX383 : 1980 3CBAS /C
British Army XX383 : AAC Gazelle AH1 built by Westland. In 2000 /D 666Sqn.
1298 gazelle 1975 XX390 : Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland; 3CBAS /A; w/o 10jun80
1302 gazelle 1975 XX392 : 1980 3CBAS /B
British Army XX392 : AAC Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland
: 3 (V) Flt by Sep 2000 still Sep 2002, at Leuchars Air Show
: Displayed Gate Guard Middle Wallop by Feb 12
1329 gazelle 1975 XX401 : Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland; 3CBAS /F; w/o 15sep80
1332 gazelle 1975 XX402 : Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland; 3CBAS /G; w/o 21may82 Falklands/Malvinas
: 3CBAS/G, embarked RFA Sir Galahad in Devonport, on 5 Apr 1982 and sailed t+
1359 gazelle 1975 XX411 : Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland; Royal Marines; 1978 3CBAS./CX
: 1980 3CBAS /X with M Flt based with 45 CdoRM at Arbroath, Angus, Scotland
: 3CBAS/X, embarked RFA Sir Galahad in Devonport, on 5 Apr 1982 and sailed t+
1362 gazelle 1975 XX412 : 1980 3CBAS /Y with M Flt based at RM Condor Arbroath
: 3CBAS/Y, embarked RFA Sir Galahad in Devonport, on 5 Apr 1982 and sailed t+
1309 gazelle XX413 : Royal Marines; 1978 3CBAS./CZ
: 1980 3CBAS /Z with M (for Montfortabeek) Flt based at RM Condor, Arbroath,+
British Army XX413 : AAC Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland
1449 gazelle 1976 XX450 : Royal Marines Gazelle AH1 built by Westland in 1993 /D 3CBAS
055 lynx 1980 XZ180 : Royal Marines; 15jan92 3CBAS./R visit Valkenburg
: 16jan92 3CBAS./R visit Eelde
: 16jan92 3CBAS./R visit Sylt
: 1995 3CBAS; 1997 847Sqn./R; 2000 847Sqn./R
British Army XZ180 : AAC; conv AH.7
: AAC, noted Feb08
: 07sep14 pictured as /C during Air Waves at Portrush
058 lynx 1978 XZ182 : May86 AH1 type 3CBAS /23A pictured at RNAS Yeovilton
: Royal Marines; 15jan92 3CBAS./M visit Valkenburg
: 16jan92 3CBAS /M visit Eelde
: 16jan92 3CBAS /M visit Sylt
British Army XZ182 : AAC for Royal Marines
1644 gazelle 1977 XZ326 : 3CBAS in Royal Marines titling but ex ARWS /W code, embarked RFA Sir Gerai+
British Army XZ326 : AAC Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland
149 lynx 1979 XZ605 : 3CBAS /L, noted visiting Tregantle on 23 Nov 1982
: Royal Marines; 15jan92 3CBAS./Y visit Valkenburg
: 16jan92 3CBAS./Y visit Eelde
: 16jan92 3CBAS./Y visit Sylt
: 1993 3CBAS./Y; 1995 847Sqn./Y; 2000 847Sqn./Y
British Army XZ605 : AAC; 2010 7 Regt AH.7 type
159 lynx 1980 XZ612 : Royal Marines; conv AH.7 type; 1993 type:AH.7 3CBAS./Y; 1995 type:AH.7 3CB+
161 lynx 1980 XZ614 : Royal Marines; 1995 3CBAS; 2000 847Sqn /X
: 3CBAS /Y, noted visiting on 24 Nov 1982
1797 gazelle ZA728 : Royal Marines Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland; 1985 3CBAS./33D
: 05jun94 3CBAS./E Flypast Portsmouth Harbour
1799 gazelle 1979 ZA730 : 3CBAS /F, embarked RFA Sir Geraint in Devonport, on 5 Apr 1982 and sailed +
British Army ZA730 : AAC Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland; to G-FUKM
: ff 28 Jan 1980. 665 Sq by Nov 1996
- G-FUKM : ex ZA730
1818 gazelle 1980 ZA776 : 3CBAS /H, embarked RFA Sir Geraint in Devonport, on 5 Apr 1982 and sailed +
: Royal Marines Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland.;1985 3CBAS./13D; 1993 3CBAS.+
306 lynx 1983 ZD282 : Royal Marines; 1985 3CBAS /24A
: 15jan92 3CBAS./L visit Valkenburg
: 16jan92 3CBAS./L visit Eelde
: 16jan92 3CBAS./L visit Sylt
311 lynx 1984 ZD284 : Royal Marines; 1985 3CBAS/24B
British Army ZD284 : AAC; conv AH.7; 18jul10 pictured at RIAT 2010
34 serials found for 3CBAS

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