australia 817 squadron

Fleet Air Arm (RAN)

HS-817 :

1950 to 2011    

817 squadron Fleet Air Arm (RAN)

817 squadron
Reformed 25 Aug 1950 at St.Merryn (also known as HMS Vulture) in Cornwall, UK as part of 21 Carrier Air Group and moved to Nowra (YSNW) in Aug and served in Korea. Disbanded Apr 1955. Reformed Aug 1955 with Gannets from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall, UK until Feb 1956 moving to Nowra. Disbanded Aug 1958. Reformed at Nowra Jul 1963 with Wessex 31 and embarked on HMAS Melbourne (R21, became 21). Reformed with Sea Kings on 2 Feb 1976.
HS817s Sea Kings used the call sign Shark followed by the last two of their side number. Side number 902 = Shark 02.
First unit to land a helicopter on the newly installed flight deck of HMAS Jervis Bay on 1 Jun 1987.

Stationed a Sea King Mk50A Flight on HMAS Kanimbla during Operation Falconer for the Arabian Gulf from Jan 2003. Shark (9)07 set a Squadron record by flying more hours in March 2003 than the rest of HS-817 combined.

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Sea Kings and 817 Squadron make their Final Flight, 15-Dec-11 : Residents of Sydney, Canberra and the Shoalhaven had their last chance to see the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea King helicopters in the air today as they said farewell to the nation with a formation flypast.


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Construction Numbers (Not all in unit) Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa 787 mk50 1974 N16-098: ff 30 Jun 1974, dd 2 Mar 1975 Ex G-17-1. First RAN Sea King delivered. On+
wa 788 mk50 1974 N16-100: ff 6 Aug 1974, dd 8 Apr 1975. Ex G-17-2; To HS817/902 by Jan 1993; Convert+
N16-100: 2004 deployed to Hawaii for RIMPAC exercise. Further deployed SE Asia late+
wa 789 mk50 1974 N16-112: ff 16 Oct 1974, dd 16 Apr 1975. Ex G-17-3, to G-BCHY, to RAN HS-817/903. E+
wa 790 mk50 1974 N16-113: ff 24 Oct 1974, ex G-17-4, G-BCHZ. To RAN dd 22 Apr 1975 as HS-817/904. Di+
wa 791 mk50 1974 N16-114: ff 13 Oct 1974, ex G-17-5, G-BCIA, dd 11 Jul 1975 to RAN HS817/905. Appear+
N16-114: 1993 Deployed to Somalia on HMAS Tobruk (L50)
wa 792 mk50 1974 N16-117: ff 13 Dec 1974 as G-17-6. dd 27 Jan 1975 to RAN. To HS817/906, Ditched in +
wa 793 mk50 1974 N16-118: RAN (9)07 817 sqd. ex G-17-7; deployed Middle East; deployed East Timor; +
- N16-118: to Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra in Navy colours as N16-118/(9)07 Shark 07.
- N16-118: 15dec11 took part 817Sqn final Sea King flight formation
wa 794 mk50 1975 N16-119: RAN 908, ex G-17-8; w/o 09may77 crashed into Sea off Cocos Islands near HM+
wa 795 mk50 1975 N16-124: RAN 909. ex G-17-9; w/o 30jul95 QLD
N16-124: Crashed in vicinity Bamaga Airfield on SAR mission in poor weather
wa 796 mk50 1975 N16-125: RAN (9)10, ex G-17-10
N16-125: Jul10 pictured as 817 Sqn /Shark 10 on USS Essex (LHD 2) in the Coral Se+
wa 929 mk50a 1982 N16-238: RAN (9)20. ex G-17-12 d/d 22aug83. conv Mk50a type 817 Sqn/Shark 20
N16-238: 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race rescues of Sword of Orion and recovered c+
N16-238: 24jun07 pictured as RAN 20 on USS Tortuga (LSD 46) under way in the Coral +
N16-238: 20jul09 on USS Mustin (DDG 89) during Talisman Sabre 2009 in the Coral Se+
wa 930 mk50a 1983 N16-239: Westland Sea King Mk.50A, ff?; del RAN as N16-239, 1983.
N16-239: Mar 2005 HS817 / 921, took part in Operation Sumatra Assist as Shark 21
N16-239: 817 Sqn /Shark21; wfu Sep11 7732 hrs
N16-239: 15dec11 took part 817Sqn final Sea King flight formation
wa 878 has.5 1979 N16-918: dd 25 Jun 1996 to RAN as N16-918. Purchased as replacement for N16-124 and+
N16-918: Nickname Desmond....(22)
N16-918: Jan 2011 HS817 / 922 took part in Operation QLD Flood Assist as Shark 22.
N16-918: 817 Sqn /Shark 22; wfu Sep11 7988 hours
N16-918: 15dec11 took part 817Sqn final Sea King flight formation
Royal Navy XZ918: ff 3 Apr 1979, dd 6 Jun 1979, HAS.5 820Sq/020-N by Jan 1985, ditched in Mediterranean 8 Nov 1985 fol...
Royal Navy XZ918: 1994 HAS.5 type 706Sqn /CU-89
Royal Navy XZ918: 28Oct82 noted RNAS Culdrose as N.020 of 820Squadron, HMS Invincible; 07Jun86 noted RNAY Fleetlands c...
Royal Navy XZ918: 05Jun96 noted RNAY Fleetlands uncoded
Royal Navy XZ918: 05jun94 HAS.5 type 706Sqn./589 Flypast Portsmouth harbour
Royal Navy XZ918: 820Sq/020-N, Squadron visit to Yeovilton, 17 Jan 1985
wa200 has.31 1962 N7-200: Built at Yeovil, f/f 9 Aug 62, d/d RAN 4 Sep 62. Initially wore code 880, +
N7-200: Westland Wessex HAS.31, c/n WA200, f/f 09/08/62; del RAN as Wessex HAS.31,+
N7-200: took part in relief operations as HS-817/810, from HMAS Melbourne.
wa201 has.31 1962 N7-201: Westland Wessex HAS.31A, c/n WA201, f/f:14/08/62; del RAN as N7-201, 881, +
wa202 has.31 1962 N7-202: Westland Wessex HAS.31A, c/n WA202, f/f:31/08/62; del RAN as N7-202, 882, +
N7-202: took part in relief operations as HS-817/812, from HMAS Melbourne.
- N7-202: to Darwin Aviation Museum as one of the founding exhibits, in Navy colours as N7-202/(8)12. After a ...
wa203 has.31 1962 N7-203: Westland Wessex HAS.31A, c/n WA203, f/f:26/09/62; del RAN as N7-203, 883, +
wa204 has.31 1962 N7-204: Westland Wessex HAS.31A, c/n WA204, f/f:22/10/62; del RAN as N7-204, 884, +
wa205 has.31 1962 N7-205: Westland Wessex HAS.31, c/n WA205, f/f 26/10/62; del RAN as N7-205, 885, u+
wa206 has.31 1962 N7-206: Westland Wessex HAS.31A, c/n WA206, f/f:15/11/62; del RAN as N7-206, 886, +
wa207 has.31 1962 N7-207: Westland Wessex HAS.31A, c/n WA207, f/f:20/11/62; del RAN as N7-207, 887, +
wa208 has.31 1962 N7-208: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA208, f/f:28/11/62; del RAN as N7-208, 818, 2+
wa209 has.31 1962 N7-209: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA209, f/f:15/12/62, del RAN as N7-209, 819, 1+
N7-209: Burnt at Nowra fire dump
N7-209: Maintenance crew also aboard during the ditching were: LSATA Greg Edwards +
wa210 has.31 1962 N7-210: Westland Wessex Mk.31, c/n WA210, f/f:20/12/62, del RAN as 820, unk; Withd+
wa211 has.31 1963 N7-211: Westland Wessex Mk.31A f/f 14jan63; RAN d/d 02dec63 as N7-211 /821; w/o +
N7-211: 1969 ditching, if my memory serves me correct, there was an naval exercise+
wa212 has.31 1963 N7-212: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA212, f/f:18/01/63; del RAN as N7-212, 822, 1+
- N7-212: preserved at Richard Winterburn aircraft museum at Heathcote Vic
wa213 has.31 1963 N7-213: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA213, f/f:18/02/63; del RAN as N7-213, 823, 0+
wa214 has.31 1963 N7-214: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA214, f/f:18/02/63; de; RAN as N7-214, 824, +
- N7-214: Nov17 at Caboolture, QLD stored outside
wa215 has.31 1963 N7-215: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA215, f/f:07/03/63; del RAN as N7-215, 825, 1+
N7-215: This aircraft did not crash at night!
N7-215: I flew out to the rig on 825 with my team (SASR) for a familiarisation of +
N7-215: Airframe preserved at Schneider Collection, Rupanyup, by Mar 2008
wa216 has.31 1963 N7-216: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA216, f/f:14/03/63; del RAN as N7-216, 826, 2+
N7-216: Preserved at Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney by 2008
wa217 has.31 1963 N7-217: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA217, f/f:08/04/63; del RAN as N7-217, 827, 2+
N7-217: On loan to Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra in March 2002, Still present+
wa218 has.31 1963 N7-218: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA218, f/f:09/04/63; del RAN as N7-218, 828, 2+
wa219 has.31 1963 N7-219: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA219, f/f:24/04/63; del RAN as N7-219, 829, 0+
- N7-219: at Dubbo Military Museum, until collection auctioned off in Nov 2006.
wa220 has.31 1963 N7-220: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA220, f/f:09/05/63; del RAN as N7-220, 830, 2+
wa221 has.31 1963 N7-221: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA221, f/f:23/05/63; del RAN as N7-221, 831, 2+
- N7-221: to Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra in Navy colours as N7-221/836.
wa222 has.31 1963 N7-222: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA222, f/f:21/06/63; del RAN as N7-222, 832, 2+
wa223 has.31 1963 N7-223: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA223, f/f:22/07/63; del RAN as N7-223, 833, 0+
wa224 has.31 1963 N7-224: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA224, f/f:06/08/63; del RAN as N7-224, 834, 2+
N7-224: Preserved at SAAM, Port Adeliade since at least 2000. Still there Mar 2008+
wa225 has.31 1963 N7-225: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA225, f/f:13/08/63; del RAN as N7-225, 835, 0+
wa226 has.31 1963 N7-226: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA226, f/f:16/08/63; del RAN as N7-226, 836, 0+
40 C/N found in this Organisation.


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25-jun-7728-jun-77UK Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen
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15-jun-5315-jun-53UK Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet

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