united kingdom 654 squadron

Army Air Corps

1942 to 2014    

Reformed during Aug 1958 at Hildesheim, the unit flew Skeeter AOP.12 until at least 1964. Reformed again on 1 Oct 1969 at Herford as part of the centralisation strategy from 24 Flight and the Air Troops of 26 Engineer Regt and 14/20 Kings Hussars.

Served two five month tours in Northern Ireland between Nov 1974 and Mar 1975, and Jul to Nov 1976. Most of the unit was relocated closer to 4 Regiment HQ in Feb 1977 in preparation for the introduction of 3 Regiment for 31 Dec 1977, with B Flt arriving at Soest in Oct 1977. Four of the unit Lynx were detached at this time to Northern Ireland for a 4 month roulement, operating from Armagh and Enniskillen. It then swapped a Flt with co-located 660 Squadron to become an entirely Scout unit and came under 4 REGT control on 6 Dec 1977. It was renumbered 653 Squadron on 1 Apr 1978.

In Dec 1990, the unit initially deployed from Germany to Al Jubail for its participation in Operation Desert Storm, eventually returning to Detmold in Mar 1991. It completed a 6 month deployment to Bosnia Herzegovina in Jun 1997, having deployed in Dec 1996. A 2 Gazelle Flt deployed to Pristina between May and Nov 2000 to support NATO peacekeepers in Kosovo.

Disbanded 10 Jul 2014, reducing 4 REGT to 2 squadrons as part of Army 2020 strategy.

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2000YU Pristina KosovoBKPR
1995/14AAC WattishamEGUW
1990/91SA Al JubailOEJB
1978/95DE DetmoldEDLJ
1977/78DE SoestEDLZ
1977/78Enniskillen St AngeloEGAB
1976Long Kesh
1974/75Long Kesh
1969/77DE Herford
1958/69DE HildesheimEDVM
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sep-13jan-14AF Operation Herrick
jan-12may-12AF Operation Herrick
sep-10jan-11AF Operation Herrick
sep-08jan-09AF Operation Herrick
jul-03nov-03IQ Operation Telic
may-00nov-00Y2 KFOR (kosovo force)
15-dec-9617-jun-97BA SFOR (stabilisation force)
dec-90mar-91IQ Operation Desert Shield/Storm

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