## 706 squadron

### Fleet Air Arm

**706 NAS**: 706 naval air squadron

## 1953 to 1998

Formed Mar 1945 as fixed wing unit in support of the Pacific Fleet, until May 1946. Re-formed with US built Whirlwind HAS.22s, with the US AN/AQS4 dunking sonar at RNAS Gosport (but administratively attached to 705 Squadron at Lee-on-Solent). Commissioned 7 Sep 1953 as 706 Squadron and also operated 2 Hiller HT.1s until Oct 1953 when it moved initially to Sydenham (EGAC) and then to RNAS Eglinton (EGAE) for submarine trials in Feb 1954, from time to time on HMS Perseus. Disbanded and 8 a/c to 845 Squadron on 1 Mar 1954.

Reformed Jan 1962 at RNAS Culdrose for advanced training of Wessex HAS.1 crews. B Flt formed at RNAS Culdrose on 7 Jan 1964 with 6 Wessex HAS.1 and 3 Hiller HT.2 for trials in Commando assault role but all of 706 B Flt was incorporated into 845 Squadron as soon as it arrived in the Far East. Also received 2 Wasps in Nov 1964 for advanced flying training. Exchanged its Wessex HAS.1 for Wessex HAS.3s between 1967/68. Received its Sea King HAS.1s in Jan 1970 for Advanced Flying Training for pilots, observers and aircrewmen. Wasp training responsibility transferred to 703 Squadron in Feb 1975. On 1 Apr 1975, the unit formally assumed the Civilian SAR commitment. It was the administrative host for the RAF Sea King Training Unit from Feb 1978 until that became an autonomous RAF unit in Apr 1993. Sea King Operational Flying Training resumed in Feb 1979 which brought the establishment up to 13 airframes, with sea training conducted from RFA Engadine. 706 Squadron disbanded in Feb 1998 at RNAS Culdrose.

Reformed Jan 1962 at RNAS Culdrose for advanced training of Wessex HAS.1 crews. B Flt formed at RNAS Culdrose on 7 Jan 1964 with 6 Wessex HAS.1 and 3 Hiller HT.2 for trials in Commando assault role but all of 706 B Flt was incorporated into 845 Squadron as soon as it arrived in the Far East. Also received 2 Wasps in Nov 1964 for advanced flying training. Exchanged its Wessex HAS.1 for Wessex HAS.3s between 1967/68. Received its Sea King HAS.1s in Jan 1970 for Advanced Flying Training for pilots, observers and aircrewmen. Wasp training responsibility transferred to 703 Squadron in Feb 1975. On 1 Apr 1975, the unit formally assumed the Civilian SAR commitment. It was the administrative host for the RAF Sea King Training Unit from Feb 1978 until that became an autonomous RAF unit in Apr 1993. Sea King Operational Flying Training resumed in Feb 1979 which brought the establishment up to 13 airframes, with sea training conducted from RFA Engadine. 706 Squadron disbanded in Feb 1998 at RNAS Culdrose.

Locations | ||

Years | Location | ICAO/FAA |

1964 | Portland | EGDP |

1962/98 | RNAS Culdrose | EGDR |

1953/54 | Eglinton / Londonderry | EGAE |

1953/54 | Belfast City / Sydenham | EGAC |

1953 | Gosport |

Models | Login to Edit | |

Years | Models |

1992/98 | sea king Sea King HAS.6 |

1981/98 | sea king Sea King HAS.5 |

1978/90 | sea king Sea King HAS.2 |

1970/78 | sea king Sea King HAS.1 |

1967/70 | wessex Wessex HAS.3 |

1964 | UH-12E Raven |

1964/75 | wasp |

1962/71 | wessex Wessex HAS.1 |

1953/54 | s-55 H-19 Whirlwind HAS.22 |

1953 | UH-12B HTE-2 |

Construction Numbers for 706Sq | Help Us | |

C/N | Version | Built | In this Org | In other Org | |||

55-456 | HO4S-3 | 1953 | WV200 : 706Sq/782 Oct 1953, 845Sq/U Mar 1954 w/o 4 Sep 1956 Abbotsinch, (replaced + | 133740 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-456, ff:?; del USN as HO4S-3, 133740, 07Jul53. | |||

55-475 | HO4S-3 | 1953 | WV203 : 706Sq by Nov 1953; 845Sq/V by Apr 1954; RAE Farnborough by Apr 1956 | 133743 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-475, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Ju+ - ZS-HDO : sold to Autair 19 Nov 1970 to ZS-HDO; pres. SAAF Museum, Swartkop (nr Pret+ | |||

55-476 | HO4S-3 | 1953 | WV204 : 706Sq/784 Nov 1953 | 133744 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-476, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Ju+ - WV204 : Preserved SAAF Museum satellite Ysterplaat by 2008 | |||

55-477 | HO4S-3 | 1953 | WV205 : 706Sq/785 Nov 1953 | 133745 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-477, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Ju+ | |||

55-480 | HO4S-3 | 1953 | WV220 : 706Sq/787 Nov 1953 | 133748 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-480, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Ju+ | |||

55-499 | HO4S-3 | 1953 | WV224 : 706Sq/783 Oct 1953 | 133752 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-499, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 21Ju+ - WV224 : Preserved SAAF Museum (Swartkop) by 2008 | |||

539 | uh-12b | 1953 | XB479 : ex USN 134729. d/d 20 Aug 1953 to RN, 706Sq Sep 1953. To G-ASVK. To N+ | G-ASVK : Bristow Aug64-Aug79, ex XB479 ; to USA | |||

wa 13 | has.1 | 1959 | XM832 : 700Sq(H) /506 by Jun 1960 (1st IFTU Wessex), 829 Sq Devonshire Flt by 31 J+ | ||||

wa 14 | has.1 | 1960 | XM833 : dd 27 Sep 1960, HAS.1 700Sq(H)/507 by Jun 1960, 706Sq/506 by 1964. 819 Sq/+ | ||||

wa 15 | has.1 | 1960 | XM834 : 700Sq(H)Sq/508 by Oct 1960, 706Sq/508 by Jan 1962, 814Sq/G-B by Oct 1964, + : A&AEE Boscombe Down by Dec 1966, 700H Sq/580-CU by May 1967, 700H Sq/584-C + | ||||

wa 17 | has.1 | 1961 | XM836 : 700H Sq/510 by Apr 1961, 706Sq/510-CU by Jan 1962 | XM836 : ff 25 May 1960, HAS.1 Westland for cold weather trials. : to Westland for prototype HAS.3 conv Oct 1964 to Jun 1966, reworked to ful + | |||

wa 19 | has.1 | 1961 | XM838 : 706Sq/508-CU by 1965, 706Sq/570-CU by Jul 1965. Conv to HAS.3 | ||||

wa 24 | has.1 | 1961 | XM843 : 814Sq/271-V by Apr 1966 still Jan 1967;
706Sq/572-CU by Sep 1967 accident + | ||||

wa 30 | has.1 | 1961 | XM871 : 700H Sq/507 by Aug 1961, 706Sq/507-CU by Jan 1962, conv HAS.3 Sep 1964-Mar+ | ||||

wa 31 | has.1 | 1961 | XM872 : To Westland early 1966 for conv to HAS.3, completed mid 1967. 706Sq/569-CU+ | ||||

wa 49 | has.1 | 1961 | XM928 : 706Sq/504 by Feb 1962, RNAY Fleetlands by Mar 1964, 814 Sq/347-V by Apr 19+ | ||||

wa 54 | has.1 | 1962 | XP103 : 706Sq/571-CU by Mar 1969, w/o 11 Feb 1970 with 706Sq, ditched in Falmouth + | ||||

wa 56 | has.1 | 1962 | XP105 : conv to HAS.3 by Jun 1967. 706Sq/567-CU by Oct 1967, 819 Sq/532 by Aug 197+ | ||||

wa 65 | has.1 | 1962 | XP114 : crashed and w/o after engine fire, in flight, NE of Culdrose as 706Sq/573-+ | ||||

wa 75 | has.1 | 1962 | XP142 : HAS.1 845Sq/J-A by Aug 1962, 845Sq/J-B by Jun 1964, (Anti-submarine fit),+ : conv to HAS.3 by Sep 1967 complete by Jul 1969. 814Sq/270-H by Nov 1969, + | ||||

wa 82 | has.1 | 1962 | XP149 : 706Sq/501-CU Sep 1963; 814Sq/346-V by Jan 1965; Eagle SAR Flt/065-E by Sep+ | ||||

wa 83 | has.1 | 1962 | XP150 : 706Sq/506-CU by Mar 1964, 706Sq/576-CU by Dec 1965, to Yeovil by May 1966 + | - XP150 : G.I. National Fire College Moreton-in-Marsh by 1993, on northern perimeter+ | |||

wa 86 | has.1 | 1962 | XP153 : 706Sq/502-CU by Sep 1963, to Yeovil c May 1967 for HAS.3 conv. | ||||

wa112 | has.1 | 1963 | XS153 : 706Sq/T Jan 1964, 845Sq/T by Mar 1964, crashed Sarawak 23 Sep 1964 and to + | ||||

wa113 | has.1 | 1963 | XS154 : 706Sq/V by Mar 1864, 845Sq/V-B by Apr 1964, collided with XS151 and w/o 12+ | ||||

2199 | uh-12e | 1962 | XS159 : Delivered by sea to RNAY Fleetlands 16 Aug 1962. 705Sq/531 by Oct 1962, 70+ | ||||

2255 | uh-12e | 1962 | XS164 : Served briefly with 706Sq B Flight, before being transferred to 845Sq/X wh+ | ||||

wa177 | hu.5 | 1964 | XS508 : 706Squadron 21Oct64; 846Squadron coded VL 1976 | ||||

f.9556 | wasp | 1963 | XS529 : 700(W) IFTU/991 at Culdrose by Jul 1963, 829Sq/991-CU Mar 1964; 706Sq/510 + | ||||

f.9565 | wasp | 1963 | XS538 : ff 7 Jan 1964, 700Sq(W)Sq by 21 Feb 1964. 829Sq Mohawk Flt/474-MO by Mar 1+ | ||||

f.9572 | wasp | 1964 | XS545 : dd Apr 1964 to RN, 700W Sq Galatea Flt/182-GA by 1964, 829 Sq Hermione Flt+ | ||||

wa252 | has.1 | 1965 | XS872 : Sembawang store by Feb 1966; 820Sq/061-E by Nov 1967; 706Sq/572-CU by Sep + | ||||

wa255 | has.1 | 1965 | XS875 : 737Sq/527-PO by Feb 1966; 737Sq Hampshire Flt/402-HA by Mar 1968 still Jun+ | ||||

f.9596 | wasp | 1965 | XT426 : dd 17 May 1965 to RN. 706Sq/64 by Jun 1967, 706Sq/80-CU, 829Sq 023 Ajax Fl+ | M499-07 : ex UK RN XT426. dd Aug 1992 to Malaysian Navy as M499-07. wfu 26 Sep + - F.9596 : Helicopter is on display outside the Maritime Museum in Melacca, Malaysia | |||

f.9728 | wasp | 1968 | XV633 : 706Sq/591 by Sep 1969, 706Sq/584 by Jul 1972 still Sep 1972, Wroughton sto+ | N-7038 : d/d 07/01/1969 to UK RN as XV633, to G-17-21, then to FAMB 1977 as N-7038 | |||

wa 635 | has.1 | 1969 | XV647 : ff 6 Sep1969, dd 26 Sep 1969 to RN as HAS.1 700Sq(S) Sq/585-CU by Nov 1969+ | ||||

wa 636 | has.1 | 1969 | XV648 : RN, ff 14 Sep 1969, dd 6 Oct 1969 to RN as HAS.1; 700Sq(S) Sq/586-CU Oct 1+ : Conv HAS.2A between Oct 1978 and c Jul 1979; 706Sq/594-CU by Oct 1979 to c + : Conv HAS.5 from Mar 1986; 706Sq/587 by Oct 1987; 706Sq/582 by Nov 1987 sti + : 13mar88 pictured (pic1) (pic2) as HAS.5 type 706Sqn /(5)82 whilst operatin + : 1994 HAS.5U type 706Sqn /CU-82 | ||||

wa 637 | has.1 | 1969 | XV649 : HAS.1 700Sq(S) Sq/587-CU 1969; Non-stop flight from Lands End to John OGro+ | ||||

wa 638 | has.1 | 1969 | XV650 : RN HAS.1 f/f 02oct69, d/d 06nov69; conv to HAS.2A; conv to AEW.2A; Served + | ||||

wa 639 | has.1 | 1969 | XV651 : RN; 1994 type:HAS.5 706Sqn./591; 1996 type:HAS.5 706Sqn./599 | XV651 : 15jul10 QinetiQ at Boscombe Down - XV651 : 09mar16 at Honeypot Lane for sale as airframe only : 10aug16 at mini moo's farm, Edmondsley, Durham. DH7 6EY | |||

wa 640 | has.1 | 1969 | XV652 : Built as HAS.1 and ff 12 Nov 1969, dd 03 Dec 1969. Conv to HAS.2A 706Sq/58+ | ||||

wa 641 | has.1 | 1969 | XV653 : HAS.1 706Sq/594-CU by Sep 1975, /594 at Fleetlands Jun 1976, 706Sq/594-CU + | ||||

wa 642 | has.1 | 1969 | XV654 : f/f 9 Dec 1969; d/d 5 Jan 1970 as HAS.1;
824Sq/050-R Feb 1970 until c Jul+ : 706Sq/585 : Conv to HAS.5; 706Sq/588 by 1986; 820Sq/018-R by 1988 still May 1990; to A + | XV654 : MoD; 08jun91 type:HAS.6 NARO./R-018 ex 820Sqn. | |||

wa 644 | has.1 | 1969 | XV656 : Conv to HAS.2 706Sq/593-CU by Aug 1978 still Jul 1979 | ||||

wa 645 | has.1 | 1969 | XV657 : RN; 1985 type:HAS.6 706Sqn./CU-89; 2010 i/a SFDO./DD-132 at EGDR : f/f 21 Jan 1970, d/d 11 Feb 1970, HAS.1 824Sq/053-R Mar 1970 until c Jul 1 + : 09jun79 /CU-580 with 706Sqn at Fleetlands : Conv to HAS.2A. 706Sq/589 by 1984 still Aug 1985, to NASU Culdrose by 1986 | ||||

wa 646 | has.1 | 1970 | XV658 : Conv to HAS.5. 706Sq/596 by Sep 1982, 820Sq/016-N by Dec 1982. Ditched in + | ||||

wa 647 | has.1 | 1970 | XV659 : 824 Sq/053-R by Nov 1978; 824 Sq/577 by May 1979; 706Sq/584 | ||||

wa 648 | has.1 | 1970 | XV660 : 706Sq/595-CU by Jun 1970 still Sep 1977. RNAY Fleetlands by Aug 1978 for c+ : HAS.6 810Sq/503 by Sep 1990;819Sq A Flt/698-CL by Aug 1994, 810Sq A Flt/51 + | ||||

wa 652 | has.1 | 1970 | XV664 : After conversion to HAS.2 standard; 25Jun77 noted RNAS Yeovilton coded 056+ | ||||

wa 654 | has.1 | 1970 | XV666 : Sep70 826Sq/144-E still Sep 1972;
Aug78 Conv HAS.2A, 706Sq /598
: 13Nov78 noted on RFA Fort Grange coded FG.343 of 824Squadron; 12Jun80 note + | ||||

wa 656 | has.1 | 1970 | XV668 : f/f 22 Jul 1970, d/d 20 Aug 1970 as HAS.1, 737Sq/526-PO by 1972. Conv to H+ | ||||

wa 658 | has.1 | 1970 | XV670 : RN; 1993 type:HAS.5 706Sqn./592; 1994 type:HAS.5 819Sqn./CU-07; 1996 type:+ | ||||

wa 659 | has.1 | 1970 | XV671 : conv to AEW.2 type;
1994 706Sqn /N-86; 2001 849Sqn /L-188 | ||||

wa 660 | has.1 | 1970 | XV672 : Royal Navy HAS 1 Yeovil f/f 19sep70, d/d 5oct70;
served with 706Sq, 819+ | ||||

wa 661 | has.1 | 1970 | XV673 : 1993 HAS.5 type 706Sqn./588; 1994 HAS.5U type 706Sqn./CU-88; 1996 HAS.5 ty+ | ||||

wa 664 | has.1 | 1971 | XV676 : 03Aug79 noted RNAS Yeovilton coded CU-587 of 706Squadron; 21Jul81 noted RN+ | ||||

wa 665 | has.1 | 1970 | XV677 : HAS.1 f/f 18dec70, d/d 22jan71; conv HAS.2A; conv HAS.5; conv HAS.6; serve+ : Fleetlands for HAS.2A conv Nov 1977, 706Sq/595-CU by Aug 1978 still Jul 1 + | - XV677 : The airframe is currently stored at HMS Sultan awaiting it's relocatio+ : 25/07/06 - Moved to AeroVenture, Doncaster, UK, home of South Yorkshire Ai + | |||

wa 669 | has.1 | 1971 | XV698 : 706Sq/592-CU by Jul 1972 still Jul 1973 | ||||

wa 671 | has.1 | 1971 | XV700 : RN HAS.1 f/f 09apr71, d/d 27may71; conv HAS.2;
09jun84 pictured as HAS.2A + : HAS.2A 706Sq/589-CU by Aug 1978 still Jul 1979 (in/out?); 814Sq/264 by Jun + | ||||

wa 674 | has.1 | 1971 | XV703 : RN HAS.1 f/f 14jun71, d/d 03aug71; 1976 824Sq/050-R recovered the rotorles+ | XV703 : Oct06 Vector Aerospace | |||

wa 676 | has.1 | 1971 | XV705 : HAS.2A 814Sq/266-H by Feb 1978, 814Sq/265-B by Aug 1980; 819Sq/703 by Aug + | ||||

wa 677 | has.1 | 1971 | XV706 : RN; 1996 type:HAS.6 706Sqn./583 | ||||

wa 678 | has.1 | 1971 | XV707 : 706Sq /596-CU, participated in Fastnet Race rescue on 13-14 Aug 1979 | ||||

wa 680 | has.1 | 1971 | XV709 : RN in 1996 type HAS.6 706Sqn. /585 | ||||

wa 841 | has.2 | 1976 | XZ573 : conv to HAS.5 from Jun 1980; 706Sq/593-CU by Jan 1981; 820Sq/22 Apr 1982; + | ||||

wa 843 | has.2 | 1976 | XZ575 : RN; 1994 type:HAS.5U 706Sqn./99 | XZ575 : Asset transferred from DERA, on creation of QinetiQ, Jul 2001. | |||

wa 846 | has.2 | 1976 | XZ578 : 1994 as 706Sqn /CU-81 | - XZ578 : 02jun16 seen on the M25 on the back of a truck : Oct16 for sale on an auction site | |||

wa 848 | has.2 | 1977 | XZ580 : 18Dec82 noted RNAS Portland coded -.272 of 814Squadron, HMS Illustrious; 2+ | ||||

wa 878 | has.5 | 1979 | XZ918 : 1994 HAS.5 type 706Sqn /CU-89 : 05jun94 HAS.5 type 706Sqn./589 Flypast Portsmouth harbour | N16-918 : dd 25 Jun 1996 to RAN as N16-918. Purchased as replacement for N16-124 and+ : Nickname Desmond....(22) : 817 Sqn /Shark 22; wfu Sep11 7988 hours : 15dec11 took part 817Sqn final Sea King flight formation | |||

wa 881 | has.5 | 1979 | XZ921 : 28Oct82 noted RNAS Culdrose coded N.017 of 820Squadron, HMS Invincible; 26+ : 1996 HAS.6 type 706Sqn /587 | - XZ921 : Airframe at Mini Moos farm Durham by Aug16 | |||

wa 882 | has.5 | 1979 | XZ922 : 20Jul81 noted RNAS Culdrose coded CU.580 706Squadron; 02Jul82 noted HMS Il+ | ||||

wa 888 | has.5 | 1980 | ZA127 : 1994 HAS.5 type 706Sqn /592 : 05jun94 HAS.5 type 706Sqn./592 Flypast Portsmouth harbour : conv to HAS.6 Apr 1992 c Mar 1993; 706Sq/592 by May 1994; 810Sq/509-CU by + : 1996 HAS.6 type 706Sqn /592 | - ZA127 : 12may16 in a campsite in Thornhill, Scotland : Featured in Channel 4 Amazing Spaces TV programme (Series 6, Episode 6). + | |||

wa 891 | has.5 | 1980 | ZA130 : 05jun94 HAS.5 type 706Sqn./587 Flypast Portsmouth harbour | ||||

wa 898 | has.5 | 1981 | ZA137 : RN HAS.5 type ; 1994 706Sqn /97; jul00 HAS.5U type 771Sqn /CU-820 | ZA137 : QinetiQ from 26aug14, on loan until the end of its flying life | |||

wa 899 | has.5 | 1982 | ZA166 : 1996 HAS.5 type 706Sqn /81 | ||||

wa 902 | has.5 | 1982 | ZA169 : 820Sq/015-N by Dec 1982, 706Sq/587-R by Apr 1986 to c Dec 1988. | ||||

wa 903 | has.5 | 1982 | ZA170 : RN type:HAS.5; 1994 706Sqn./CU-84 | ||||

wa 940 | has.5 | 1984 | ZD631 : RN; 1985 706Sqn./90 | ||||

wa 958 | has.5 | 1986 | ZE420 : 1992 type:HAS.5 826Sqn./138; 1994 type:HAS.5 706Sqn./CU-92 | ||||

wa 961 | has.5 | 1986 | ZE422 : RN; 1996 type:HAS.6 706Sqn./588 : 28aug98 type:HAS.6 embarked aboard R05 HMS Invincible. 706Sqn./70 |

**706Sq**

Operations | ||

Dates | Operation | |

28-aug-98 | 31-aug-98 | International Festival of Sea |

05-jun-94 | 05-jun-94 | D-Day 50th Anniversary Flypast |

13-aug-79 | 14-aug-79 | Rescue from Fastnet Yacht Race |

25-jun-77 | 28-jun-77 | Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen |

16-jan-74 | 16-jan-74 | Rescue from ss Merc Enterprise |