united kingdom 203(r) squadron

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203 squadron

1914 to 2014    




203(r) squadron Royal Air Force

203(r) squadron
Originally formed as a Royal Naval Air Service unit in Feb 1914, it was numbered 3 Squadron, RNAS on 26 Feb 1915 and redesignated 203 Squadron when the RAF was created on 1 Apr 1918. Associated with the Middle East and East Africa until after World War II, it was disbanded as a Nimrod maritime reconnaisance unit at RAF Luqa (LMML) on 31 Dec 1977. Its association with helicopters began in Oct 1996, when the Sea King Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) at RAF St Mawgan (EGDG) in Cornwall was redesignated 203(R) Squadron as a reserve unit. In early 2004, it flew the Sea King HAR.3A.
203(R) Squadron provided vital, temporary SAR cover for Cyprus from RAF Akrotiri (LCRA) between Jan and Apr 2003, while 84 Squadron was working up with its Griffin HAR.2s in the UK (having by then relinquished its Wessex HC.2s). In anticipation of the RAF St Mawgan hand over to civil operations, 203(R) Squadron started preparations in May 2008 and in Aug 2008 moved its Sea Kings to RAF Valley.
Last OCUs Sea King course graduated on October 8, 2014

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2008/14RAF ValleyEGOV
2003CY RAF AkrotiriLCRA
1996/08Newquay Cornwall Airport (RAF St Mawgan)EGHQ
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YearsModels
1996/14sea king



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16-aug-0416-aug-04 Boscastle Flood Disaster



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