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. Reformed with US built Whirlwind HAS.22s, with the US AN/AQS4 dunking sonar at RNAS Gosport (but administratively attached to 705 Squadron at LeeonSolent). 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  UH12E Raven 
1964/75  wasp 
1962/71  wessex Wessex HAS.1 
1953/54  s55 H19 Whirlwind HAS.22 
1953  UH12B HTE2 
Construction Numbers for 706Sq  Help Us  
C/N  Version  Built  In this Org  In other Org  
55456  HO4S3  1953  WV200 : 706Sq/782 Oct 1953, 845Sq/U Mar 1954 w/o 4 Sep 1956 Abbotsinch, (replaced +  133740 : Sikorsky S55 c/n 55456, ff:?; del USN as HO4S3, 133740, 07Jul53.  
55475  HO4S3  1953  WV203 : 706Sq by Nov 1953; 845Sq/V by Apr 1954; RAE Farnborough by Apr 1956  133743 : Sikorsky S55 c/n 55475, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Ju+  ZSHDO : sold to Autair 19 Nov 1970 to ZSHDO; pres. SAAF Museum, Swartkop (nr Pret+  
55476  HO4S3  1953  WV204 : 706Sq/784 Nov 1953  133744 : Sikorsky S55 c/n 55476, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Ju+  WV204 : Preserved SAAF Museum satellite Ysterplaat by 2008  
55477  HO4S3  1953  WV205 : 706Sq/785 Nov 1953  133745 : Sikorsky S55 c/n 55477, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Ju+  
55480  HO4S3  1953  WV220 : 706Sq/787 Nov 1953  133748 : Sikorsky S55 c/n 55480, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Ju+  
55499  HO4S3  1953  WV224 : 706Sq/783 Oct 1953  133752 : Sikorsky S55 c/n 55499, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 21Ju+  WV224 : Preserved SAAF Museum (Swartkop) by 2008  
539  uh12b  1953  XB479 : ex USN 134729. d/d 20 Aug 1953 to RN, 706Sq Sep 1953. To GASVK. To N+  GASVK : Bristow Aug64Aug79, 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/GB by Oct 1964, + : A&AEE Boscombe Down by Dec 1966, 700H Sq/580CU by May 1967, 700H Sq/584C+  
wa 17  has.1  1961  XM836 : 700H Sq/510 by Apr 1961, 706Sq/510CU 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/508CU by 1965, 706Sq/570CU by Jul 1965. Conv to HAS.3  
wa 24  has.1  1961  XM843 : 814Sq/271V by Apr 1966 still Jan 1967;
706Sq/572CU by Sep 1967 accident +  
wa 30  has.1  1961  XM871 : 700H Sq/507 by Aug 1961, 706Sq/507CU by Jan 1962, conv HAS.3 Sep 1964Mar+  
wa 31  has.1  1961  XM872 : To Westland early 1966 for conv to HAS.3, completed mid 1967. 706Sq/569CU+  
wa 49  has.1  1961  XM928 : 706Sq/504 by Feb 1962, RNAY Fleetlands by Mar 1964, 814 Sq/347V by Apr 19+  
wa 54  has.1  1962  XP103 : 706Sq/571CU 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/567CU 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/JA by Aug 1962, 845Sq/JB by Jun 1964, (Antisubmarine fit),+ : conv to HAS.3 by Sep 1967 complete by Jul 1969. 814Sq/270H by Nov 1969, +  
wa 82  has.1  1962  XP149 : 706Sq/501CU Sep 1963; 814Sq/346V by Jan 1965; Eagle SAR Flt/065E by Sep+  
wa 83  has.1  1962  XP150 : 706Sq/506CU by Mar 1964, 706Sq/576CU by Dec 1965, to Yeovil by May 1966 +   XP150 : G.I. National Fire College MoretoninMarsh by 1993, on northern perimeter+  
wa 86  has.1  1962  XP153 : 706Sq/502CU 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/VB by Apr 1964, collided with XS151 and w/o 12+  
2199  uh12e  1962  XS159 : Delivered by sea to RNAY Fleetlands 16 Aug 1962. 705Sq/531 by Oct 1962, 70+  
2255  uh12e  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/991CU Mar 1964; 706Sq/510 +  
f.9565  wasp  1963  XS538 : ff 7 Jan 1964, 700Sq(W)Sq by 21 Feb 1964. 829Sq Mohawk Flt/474MO by Mar 1+  
f.9572  wasp  1964  XS545 : dd Apr 1964 to RN, 700W Sq Galatea Flt/182GA by 1964, 829 Sq Hermione Flt+  
wa252  has.1  1965  XS872 : Sembawang store by Feb 1966; 820Sq/061E by Nov 1967; 706Sq/572CU by Sep +  
wa255  has.1  1965  XS875 : 737Sq/527PO by Feb 1966; 737Sq Hampshire Flt/402HA by Mar 1968 still Jun+  
f.9596  wasp  1965  XT426 : dd 17 May 1965 to RN. 706Sq/64 by Jun 1967, 706Sq/80CU, 829Sq 023 Ajax Fl+  M49907 : ex UK RN XT426. dd Aug 1992 to Malaysian Navy as M49907. 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+  N7038 : d/d 07/01/1969 to UK RN as XV633, to G1721, then to FAMB 1977 as N7038  
wa 635  has.1  1969  XV647 : ff 6 Sep1969, dd 26 Sep 1969 to RN as HAS.1 700Sq(S) Sq/585CU 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/586CU Oct 1+ : Conv HAS.2A between Oct 1978 and c Jul 1979; 706Sq/594CU 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 /CU82  
wa 637  has.1  1969  XV649 : HAS.1 700Sq(S) Sq/587CU 1969; Nonstop 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/594CU by Sep 1975, /594 at Fleetlands Jun 1976, 706Sq/594CU +  
wa 642  has.1  1969  XV654 : f/f 9 Dec 1969; d/d 5 Jan 1970 as HAS.1;
824Sq/050R Feb 1970 until c Jul+ : 706Sq/585 : Conv to HAS.5; 706Sq/588 by 1986; 820Sq/018R by 1988 still May 1990; to A+  XV654 : MoD; 08jun91 type:HAS.6 NARO./R018 ex 820Sqn.  
wa 644  has.1  1969  XV656 : Conv to HAS.2 706Sq/593CU by Aug 1978 still Jul 1979  
wa 645  has.1  1969  XV657 : RN; 1985 type:HAS.6 706Sqn./CU89; 2010 i/a SFDO./DD132 at EGDR : f/f 21 Jan 1970, d/d 11 Feb 1970, HAS.1 824Sq/053R Mar 1970 until c Jul 1+ : 09jun79 /CU580 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/016N by Dec 1982. Ditched in +  
wa 647  has.1  1970  XV659 : 824 Sq/053R by Nov 1978; 824 Sq/577 by May 1979; 706Sq/584  
wa 648  has.1  1970  XV660 : 706Sq/595CU by Jun 1970 still Sep 1977. RNAY Fleetlands by Aug 1978 for c+ : HAS.6 810Sq/503 by Sep 1990;819Sq A Flt/698CL 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/144E 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/526PO by 1972. Conv to H+  
wa 658  has.1  1970  XV670 : RN; 1993 type:HAS.5 706Sqn./592; 1994 type:HAS.5 819Sqn./CU07; 1996 type:+  
wa 659  has.1  1970  XV671 : conv to AEW.2 type;
1994 706Sqn /N86; 2001 849Sqn /L188  
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./CU88; 1996 HAS.5 ty+  
wa 664  has.1  1971  XV676 : 03Aug79 noted RNAS Yeovilton coded CU587 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/595CU 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/592CU 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/589CU 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/050R recovered the rotorles+  XV703 : Oct06 Vector Aerospace  
wa 676  has.1  1971  XV705 : HAS.2A 814Sq/266H by Feb 1978, 814Sq/265B by Aug 1980; 819Sq/703 by Aug +  
wa 677  has.1  1971  XV706 : RN; 1996 type:HAS.6 706Sqn./583   XV706 : 27apr17 on the back of a lorry at Exeter Motorway services  
wa 678  has.1  1971  XV707 : 706Sq /596CU, participated in Fastnet Race rescue on 1314 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/593CU 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 /CU81   XZ578 : 02jun16 seen on the M25 on the back of a truck : Oct16 for sale on an auction site : 09may17 fuselage at Caernarfon Airport and about to move elsewhere.  
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 /CU89 : 05jun94 HAS.5 type 706Sqn./589 Flypast Portsmouth harbour  N16918 : dd 25 Jun 1996 to RAN as N16918. Purchased as replacement for N16124 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/509CU 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 /CU820  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/015N by Dec 1982, 706Sq/587R by Apr 1986 to c Dec 1988.  
wa 903  has.5  1982  ZA170 : RN type:HAS.5; 1994 706Sqn./CU84  
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./CU92  
wa 961  has.5  1986  ZE422 : RN; 1996 type:HAS.6 706Sqn./588 : 28aug98 type:HAS.6 embarked aboard R05 HMS Invincible. 706Sqn./70 
Operations  
Dates  Operation  
28aug98  31aug98  International Festival of Sea 
05jun94  05jun94  DDay 50th Anniversary Flypast 
13aug79  14aug79  Rescue from Fastnet Yacht Race 
25jun77  28jun77  Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen 
16jan74  16jan74  Rescue from ss Merc Enterprise 