A number of Flights administered by 656 Squadron were active in Brunei, Sarawak and Sabah, throughout the Malaya campaign with Indonesia.
The unit maintained a small detachment of Scout in Belize between Nov 1975 and Apr 1980. A detachment of 3 Scouts (to Gwelo) and 3 Gazelles (to Salisbury) were deployed for Peacekeeping operations in Southern Rhodesia from Dec 1979 until Jan 1981.
Apache was introduced to the unit in 2003 and by end of 2004, its Lynx AH.7 had been replaced. In Sep 2005 656 Sqd deployed to HMS Ocean to establish a Maritime Interim Operational Capability. In April 2006, 656 Sqd deployed to Helmand Province as part of Operation Herrick 4 and conducted its first combat operations on 10 May.
The unit moved its Apache AH.1 from Dishforth to Wattisham and became part of 4 REGT during 2007, as part of the AAC restructuring to single model Regiments.
For a period of 3 weeks in Oct 2010, the unit embarked 3 Apache AH.1 on HMS Ark Royal to prove operations in a maritime environment.
During May 2011, whilst working with the Royal Navy aboard HMS Ocean to prove Response Force Task Group concept, the ship was ordered off Libya to participate in Operation Ellamy, the UK contribution to Operation Unified Protector. 4 Apache AH.1 (ZJ179, ZJ188, ZJ207, ZJ233) were embarked for this iconoclastic mission, conducting combat operations in a heavy helicopter with a narrow undercarriage and high centre of gravity from a deck, in a corrosive environment.
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|Construction Numbers for . / 656Sq / 656 Sq||Help Us|
|C/N||Version||Built||In this Org||In other Org|
|1257||ah.1||1974|| XX377 : AAC AH.1; 656Sqn w/o 06jun82 Falklands/Malvinas, shot down by friendly fir+ || XX377 : Royal Marines; jan78 3CBAS./L |
|1351||ah.1||1975|| XX409 : ex-Belize; 656 Sq by Feb 1977 ditched at night in Tolo Harbour Hong Kong a+ |
|1563||ah.1||1976|| XZ308 : AAC Gazelle AH1 built by Westland 1994 /V 657Sqn ; 2001 656Sqn ; 2004 4Reg+ |
|1595||ah.1||1977|| XZ314 : 656 Squadron by Apr 1982, 8 Flight by May 2004 |
|274||ah1||1983|| ZD272 : AAC; 1987 656Sqn ||- ZD272 : to Air and Ground Aviation, Hixon by Nov 2013 |
|277||ah1||1983|| ZD274 : AAC in 1992 656Sqn. |
|279||ah1||1983|| ZD275 : 656 Sq by 1984, 657 Sq by 1985 still 1991, 657 Sq/Q by 1992, to Fleetlands+ |
|wah8||wah-64|| ZJ173 : AAC DU008/WAH8; Feb04 asg 656Sqn. AAC Disforth |
|wah14||wah-64||2001|| ZJ179 : deployed with 3 other 656 Squadron airframes to HMS Ocean for combat opera+ |
|wah23||wah-64||2001|| ZJ188 : deployed with 3 other 656 Squadron airframes to HMS Ocean for combat opera+ |
|wah41||wah-64||2003|| ZJ207 : May11 deployed with 3 other 656 Squadron airframes to HMS Ocean for combat+ |
|wah42||wah-64|| ZJ208 : AAC DU042/WAH42; Feb04 asg 656Sqn. AAC Disforth |
|wah57||wah-64|| ZJ223 : AAC DU057/WAH57; Feb04 asg 656Sqn. AAC Disforth |
|wah58||wah-64|| ZJ224 : Feb04 asg 656Sqn. AAC Dishforth |
|wah59||wah-64|| ZJ225 : Feb04 asg 656Sqn. AAC Disforth |
|wah61||wah-64|| ZJ227 : Feb04 asg 656Sqn. AAC Disforth |
|wah62||wah-64|| ZJ228 : Feb04 asg 656Sqn. AAC Disforth |
|wah63||wah-64|| ZJ229 : Feb04 asg 656Sqn. AAC Disforth |
|wah67||wah-64||2004|| ZJ233 : 656 Sq AAC embarked |
: deployed with 3 other 656 Squadron airframes to HMS Ocean for combat opera+
|may-11||oct-11||Operation Unified Protector|