united kingdom 706 squadron

Fleet Air Arm
706 NAS :

1953 to 1998    


Unit History:

706 squadron
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.


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Locations of this unit:

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1964PortlandEGDP
1962/98RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1953/54Eglinton / LondonderryEGAE
1953/54Belfast City / SydenhamEGAC
1953Gosport

Models served in this unit: Login to Edit    

YearsModels
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
1964UH-12E Raven
1964/75wasp
1962/71 wessex     Wessex HAS.1
1953/54 s-55 H-19     Whirlwind HAS.22
1953UH-12B HTE-2



Construction Numbers found for 706Sq Help Us    

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrganisationIn other Org
    539 uh-12b 1953     XB479 : ex USN 134729. d/d 20 Aug 1953 to RN, 706Sq Sep 1953. To G-ASVK. To N+
Bristow 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 Jun +
    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
Westland 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 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.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+
    f.9596 wasp 1965     XT426 : dd 17 May 1965 to RN. 706Sq/64 by Jun 1967, 706Sq/80-CU, 829Sq 023 Ajax Fl+
Royal Malaysian Navy 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+
Brazilian Navy 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 06 Sep1969, dd 26 Sep 1969 to RN as HAS.1 700Sq(S) Sq/585-CU 1969, 706S+
    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 1969;+
    : 13mar88 pictured (top and middle) as HAS.5 type 706Sqn /(5)82 whilst opera+
    : 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
    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; 706Sq/593-CU by Sep 1977; Conv to+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) 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, 825 Sq/03 May - Sep+
    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 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+
- 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 671 has.1 1971     XV700 : RN HAS.1 f/f 09apr71, d/d 27may71; conv HAS.2; 09jun84 pictured as HAS.2A +
    wa 674 has.1 1971     XV703 : RN HAS.1 f/f 14jun71, d/d 03aug71; 1976 824Sq/050-R recovered the rotorles+
Vector Aerospace XV703 : Oct06 Vector Aerospace
    wa 677 has.1 1971     XV706 : RN; 1996 type:HAS.6 706Sqn./583
    wa 680 has.1 1971     XV709 : RN in 1996 type HAS.6 706Sqn. /585
    wa 843 has.2 1976     XZ575 : RN; 1994 type:HAS.5U 706Sqn./99
QinetiQ XZ575 : Asset transferred from DERA, on creation of QinetiQ, Jul 2001.
    wa 846 has.2 1976     XZ578 : RN; 1994 706Sqn./CU-81
    wa 848 has.2 1977     XZ580 : 18Dec82 noted RNAS Portland coded -.272 of 814Squadron, HMS Illustrious; 2+
    wa 878 has.5 1979     XZ918 : RN; 1994 type:HAS.5 706Sqn./CU-89
    : 05jun94 HAS.5 type 706Sqn./589 Flypast Portsmouth harbour
Royal Australian Navy N16-918 : dd 25 Jun 1996 to RAN as N16-918. Purchased as replacement for N16-124 and+
: Nickname Desmond....(22)
    wa 881 has.5 1979     XZ921 : 28Oct82 noted RNAS Culdrose coded N.017 of 820Squadron, HMS Invincible; 26+
    : 1996 HAS.6 type 706Sqn /587
    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
    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
    wa 899 has.5 1982     ZA166 : 1996 HAS.5 type 706Sqn /81
    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
    63 C/N found for 706Sq


Participated in operations :

DatesOperation
28-aug-9831-aug-98 International Festival of Sea
05-jun-9405-jun-94 D-Day 50th Anniversary Flypast
25-jun-7728-jun-77 Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen


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