united kingdom 825 squadron

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825 NAS : 825 naval air squadron

1934 to present    

825 squadron
Formed as a fleet spotter unit in Oct 1934 from the aircraft and personnel of 824 Squadron. The unit served with distinction during WWII, participating in the attacks on the Bismark in the Atlantic and the Scharnhorst, Prinz Eugen and Gneisenau during their Channel Dash. It refomed as a Canadian unit in Jul 1945 and became 880 Squadron in May 1951. It reformed as a Royal Navy unit in June 1951 at RNAS Eglinton.
After several commissions as a Gannet anti-submarine unit, it reformed at RNAS Culdrose on 16 Aug 1960 with Whirlwind HAS.7s. Embarked HMS Victorious at Portsmouth on 18 Sep 1960, making for Singapore where the unit eventually disembarked in Mar 1961 and transferred to HMS Bulwark in mid Apr before sailing to Hong Kong. Saw service in the Middle East and assisted in an earlier crisis between Iraq and Kuwait in mid 1961. Most of its aircraft were handed on to 824 Squadron off East Africa, before returning to the UK on HMS Victorious (R38) and disbanding on 2 Apr 1962.
To meet the anticipated need for Sea King units in the South Atlantic, 825 Squadron was hastily reformed on 3 May 1982 with Sea King HAS.2/2As at RNAS Culdrose. Airframes were pulled from 706 Squadron, other units and from storage, as the FAA inventory was scoured. Most airframes retained the side numbers they last wore, prior to being invited (!) to join the unit. It embarked for the Falkland Islands on the SS Atlantic Causeway (8 Sea Kings) on 12 May and SS Queen Elizabeth II (2 Sea Kings) on 13 May 1982. It operated mainly from Port San Carlos and nearby forward bases until it re-embarked for the UK, returning towards the end of Jul 1982, where it disbanded at RNAS Culdrose 17 Sep 1982.
Reformed on 1 Aug 2014 at RNAS Yeovilton from 700W Squadron (the Wildcat Fielding Squadron) to train and deploy operational ships flights. The 7 Wildcat airframes (ZZ375-ZZ380, plus 1) became the nucleus of 825NAS. A formal commissioning ceremony was held at RNAS Yeovilton on 10 Oct 2014. 201 Flt deployed with HMS Lancaster on 21 Mar 2015, with a secondary objective to prove operating procedures.

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Wildcat in St Helena. First South Atlantic Deployment, 23-Oct-15 : Royal Navy HMS Lancaster’s AW159 Wildcat helicopter became the first rotary-wing aircraft to land at the island of St Helena’s new airport during the frigate South Atlantic Patrol deployment

Royal Navy Wildcat Practising Torpedo Attacks, 16-Jul-15 : A Royal Navy Wildcat of 825 Naval Air Squadron spent two days over Falmouth Bay practising torpedo attacks, culminating in the launch of a dummy weapon.

Royal Navy 700W Squadron become 825 NAS, 31-Jul-14 : Yesterday saw the decommissioning of 700 (W) Naval Air Squadron (NAS) following 5 years of hard work, diligence and dedication at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton.


2014/    RNAS YeoviltonEGDY
1982RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1982 Port San Carlos
1961SG SembawangWSAG
1960/62RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1960MT Hal Far


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2014/    AW159 Wildcat HMA2
1982 sea king     Sea King HAS.2A
1960/62 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAS.7

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List of Aircraft for . / 825Sq / 825NAS / 825 NAS
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa/h/167 has7 1957 XK940 : HAS.7 824Sqn/334-C Feb 1960 until Dec 1961, to 825 NAS.
: HAS.7 825 NAS/314-V Dec 1961, replacing XN381 on unit strength, until Apr +
- G-AYXT : del Autair, Luton as G-AYXT, 01Jul72?; pres. Weston-super-Mare, unk.
: 1980s completely rebuilt by Jim Wilkie and returned to the air 90 displaye+
wa228 has7 1958 XL878 : HAS.7 824Sqn/330-R Nov 1959, /330-C by Apr 1961 until Dec 1961, to 825 NAS+
: HAS.7 825 NAS/318-V Dec 1961, replacing XN380 on unit strength, until Apr +
wa232 has7 1958 XL882 : HAS.7 825 NAS/312-V Sep 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
wa234 has7 1958 XL884 : HAS.7 824Sqn/336-C Oct 1960 until transferred to 825 NAS Dec 1961.
: HAS.7 825 NAS/316-V Dec 1961, replacing XN379 on unit strength, until Apr +
wa237 has7 1958 XL898 : HAS.7 824Sqn/337-CU Oct 1960 until transferred to 825 NAS Dec 1961.
: HAS.7 825 NAS/317-V Dec 1961, believed to have replaced XN382 on unit stre+
wa258 has7 1959 XM667 : HAS.7 824Sqn/332-R Nov 1959 until Nov 1961, to 825 NAS.
: HAS.7 825 NAS/312-V Nov 1961, replacing XL882 on unit strength until Apr 1+
wa277 has7 1959 XN297 : HAS.7 825 NAS/310-V Feb 1962, replacing XN361 on unit strength, until Apr +
wa304 has7 1960 XN358 : HAS.7 825 NAS/311-V Jul 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
wa307 has7 1960 XN361 : HAS.7 825 NAS/310-V by Jul 1960 until ditched and sank in Lyme Bay on 13 F+
wa308 has7 1960 XN362 : HAS.7 825 NAS/315-V Jul 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
wa309 has7 1960 XN379 : HAS.7 825 NAS/316-V Dec 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
wa310 has7 1960 XN380 : HAS.7 825 NAS/318-V Jul 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
wa311 has7 1960 XN381 : HAS.7 825 NAS/314-V Jul 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
wa312 has7 1960 XN382 : HAS.7 825 NAS/317-V Jul 1960, until Dec 1961.
wa315 has7 1960 XN385 : HAS.7 824Sqn/331-C Sep 1960, replacing XL851 on unit strength until Dec 19+
: HAS.7 825 NAS/311-V Dec 1961, replacing XN358 on unit strength, until Apr +
wa 636 has.1 1969 XV648 : Conv HAS.2A between Oct 1978 and c Jul 1979; 706Sq/594-CU by Oct 1979 to c+
wa 642 has.1 1969 XV654 : 825Sq/85 landed on mv Atlantic Causeway evening of 13 May 1982, for South +
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XV654 : MoD; 08jun91 type:HAS.6 NARO./R-018 ex 820Sqn.
wa 644 has.1 1969 XV656 : 825Sq/03 landed on mv Atlantic Causeway evening of 13 May 1982, for South +
wa 647 has.1 1970 XV659 : 825Sq/84 landed on mv Atlantic Causeway evening of 13 May 1982, for South +
wa 651 has.1 1970 XV663 : 825Sq/81 landed on mv Atlantic Causeway evening of 13 May 1982, for South +
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 667 has.1 1971 XV696 : 825Sq/68 landed on mv Atlantic Causeway evening of 13 May 1982, for South +
: Toppled over following landing in a bog on Falkland Islands and damaged in+
wa 671 has.1 1971 XV700 : 825Sq/64 landed on mv Atlantic Causeway evening of 13 May 1982, for South +
wa 685 has.1 1972 XV714 : 825Sq/86 landed on mv Atlantic Causeway evening of 13 May 1982, for South +
wa 848 has.2 1977 XZ580 : 825Sq/72 landed on mv Atlantic Causeway evening of 13 May 1982, for South +
494 hma.2 ZZ375 : 02jul16 pictured (pic1) with 825 NAS at RNAS Yeovilton during Air Day 2016
495 hma.2 ZZ376 : 21may16 picture (pic2) at West India Dock, ranged on flight deck of HMS Du+
496 hma.2 ZZ377 : Oct15 825Sq aboard HMS Lancaster in first AW159 South Atlantic deployment.+
: 15dec15 rtn to Yeovilton after 9 month deployment 825Sqn 201 Flt, aboard H+
497 hma.2 ZZ378 : Jul15 with 825Sqn practising torpedo attacks at Falmouth Bay
499 hma.2 ZZ380 : 31jul14 pictured (bot) asg 825Sqn at RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2014
484 hma.2 ZZ414 : HMA.2 825 NAS by Mar 2015
517 hma.2 ZZ513 : RN HMA.2; Feb16 825Sqn
519 hma.2 ZZ514 : RN HMA.2; Feb16 825Sqn
520 hma.2 ZZ515 : RN HMA.2; Feb16 825Sqn
521 hma.2 ZZ516 : RN HMA.2; Feb16 825Sqn
522 hma.2 ZZ517 : RN HMA.2; Feb16 825Sqn
523 hma.2 ZZ518 : RN HMA.2; Feb16 825Sqn
525 hma.2 ZZ519 : RN HMA.2; Feb16 825Sqn
: 02jul16 pictured with 825 NAS at RNAS Yeovilton during Air Day 2016
529 hma.2 ZZ522 : RN HMA.2; Feb16 825Sqn
: 05may16 delivered by RAF C-17 to Gibraltar to join ship as 825 NAS Mounts +
535 hma.2 ZZ528 : RN HMA.2; Mar16 825Sqn
538 hma.2 ZZ531 : RN HMA2; Jun16 825Sqn
545 hma.2 ZZ535 : RN HMA2; May16 825Sqn


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