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829 squadron Fleet Air Arm

829 squadron
Formed at Ford in Jun 1940 as a torpedo & reconnaissance unit and saw distinguished service in WWII until it was absorbed into 831 Squadron in Jul 1944.
Its rotary wing story, as the famous parent to the Small Ships Flights, began on 4 Mar 1964, when it recommissioned at RNAS Culdrose and took on its first Wasp HAS.1s from 700(W) Squadron. Three Wasps formed HQ Flt and the first Small Ships Flights were the Leander Class frigates HMS Leander (F109), HMS Dido (F104), HMS Penelope (F127) and the Tribal Class HMS Mohawk (F125). It moved to RNAS Portland (then HMS Osprey) on 1 Dec 1964. The Rothesay Class flights followed shortly and later, the Amazon Class from 1974.
To this core task, various duties were added and removed at times. It took on the Wessex HAS.1 County class (Guided Missile Destroyer) flights in 1964 and handed off Wasp conversion training to 706 Squadron in Dec 1964, just prior to the move to Portland. When 771 Squadron disbanded, it took over its Whirlwinds (HAR.1 and HAS.7) in Jan 1965. It added the Wessex HU.5 flights of the two Regent class Stores Support Ships and HMS Protector Flights Whirlwind in 1966.
As the Wasp flights grew and more demands were being made on planning and operations, tasks began to be handed off to other units. The Wessex HAS.3, which replaced the HAS.1s from Jun 1969 on the County class destroyers, were given back to 737 Squadron in Jun 1970. Initial conversion and training was relieved from the unit when 703 Squadron reformed in Jan 1972 but was taken back in Jan 1981 when 703 was re-absorbed and the focus shifted elsewhere to introducing the Lynx HAS.2 into service and beginning the run down of the Wasp.
The Lynx HAS.2 began to appear in Sep 1986 and more were transferred in from 815 Squadron, in 3 tranches in Sep 1986, 1987 and 1988. The last Wasp HAS.1 left the unit in Mar 1988 and in 1990/1991, the unit's Lynx were active in the Persian Gulf supporting operations in and around the Kuwait Theatre of Operations. On 26 Mar 1993, the unit disbanded and it passed all its Lynx over to 815 Squadron.
In Oct 2004, 829 Squadron reformed at RNAS Culdrose and resumed its famous heritage as the parent of the Small Ships' Flights, by absorbing the detatched Merlins from 824 Squadron.
Between Aug and Nov 2013, 829 NAS embarked a Merlin Flt aboard a Type 45 destroyer (HMS Defender), for the first time.

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YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2004/    RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1964/93PortlandEGDP
1964RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1943/45Lee-on-SolentEGHF

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YearsModels
2014/    eh.101     Merlin HM.2
2004/14 eh.101     Merlin HM.1
1986/93 Lynx     Lynx HAS3
1982/84 wessex     Wessex HAS.3
1969/70 wessex     Wessex HAS.3
1967/76 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAR.9
1965/67 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAS.7
1964/88wasp
1964/66 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAR.1
1964/70 wessex     Wessex HAS.1

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List of Aircraft for . / 829 Sq / 829Sq / 829NAS / 829 NAS
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa 91 has7 1957 XG596 : dd 24 May 1957 to 700Sq as /508-H, 737Sq/775-PO by Feb 1961, 829Sq by 196+
- XG596 : at British Rotorcraft Museum (now IHM) 25 Jun 1979
: Apr13 at The Helicopter Museum, Weston super Mare
wa232 has7 1958 XL882 : 771Sq/751 by Mar 1964, 829 Sq/514 by Jan 1965, ditched and w/o E of Portla+
wa 13 has.1 1959 XM832 : 700Sq(H) /506 by Jun 1960 (1st IFTU Wessex), 829 Sq Devonshire Flt by 31 J+
wa 22 has.1 1961 XM841 : 815 Sq/301-C by Jun 1965, 815 Sq/051-R by Mar 1966 to c Oct 1966; 819 Sq/5+
wa 44 has.1 1961 XM923 : Devonshire Flt /989-D by Mar 1962, attended launch of HMS Ajax in Birkenhe+
wa270 has7 1959 XN258 : conv completed Dec 1965. Assigned to Hermes SAR Flt/336-H by Mar 1966 (aft+
Flambards Experience XN258 : to Cornwall Aero Park Dec 1975 as HAR.9 /589-CU. Still 1986, more lately F+
- XN258 : NEAM called North East Land Sea and Air Museum, Sunderland by Nov17
wa289 has7 1960 XN309 : Culdrose SAR Flt/590-CU by Jan 1968, Culdrose SAR Flt/587-CU by Jul 1970, +
wa316 has7 1960 XN386 : Fleetlands store by Sep 1966; 829 Sq/448-ED Endurance Flt by Sep 1972; 829+
- XN386 : Waiting restoration at South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, Doncaster, UK
wa 66 has.1 1962 XP115 : 829Sq Kent Flt/401-KE by Feb 1968, w/o 13 Sep 1968 when ditched in English+
wa108 has.1 1963 XS149 : Conv to HAS.3 829Sq Fife Flt/403-FF by May 1969, 737Sq Fife Flt/403-FF Jun+
f.9543 wasp 1962 XS527 : To RN Jan 1968. 829 Sq Rothesay Flt/462 by Aug 1968. Part of Operation She+
: ex-Rothesay Flt/462 to Wroughton by Jun 1971; 829 Sq Rhyl Flt/445 by Oct 1+
: as 829 Sq Endurance Flt/434-ED, attacked and damaged ARA Santa Fe outside +
: 829 Sq Lowestoft Flt/451 by Feb 1985, RNAY Wroughton by Nov 1985, pres. FA+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XS527 : Built at Hayes, f/f at White Waltham Jan63 as G-17-3; d/d 1963 to MoD, A&A+
f.9544 wasp 1963 XS528 : Built Hayes by Jan 1963, d/d 1963 to RN. At Hayes by Sep 1970, to Yeovil b+
Royal New Zealand Navy XS528 : To RNZN 1985 for spares.
f.9556 wasp 1963 XS529 : 700(W) IFTU/991 at Culdrose by Jul 1963, 829Sq/991-CU Mar 1964; 706Sq/510 +
: 22jul79 noted at Portland with 829Sqn coded 614
: 829Sq HQ Flt/614 by Sep 1979, 829Sq HQ Flt/506 by Aug 1981; 829Sq Galatea +
f.9558 wasp 1963 XS531 : d/d 1963. To 700Sq 700W IFTU/993 by Jul 1963. 829 Sq/471 Hydra Flt by Jul +
f.9559 wasp 1963 XS532 : d/d Jul 1963 to RN; 700W Sq/994-CU by Aug 1963; 829 Sq Mohawk Flt/474-MO+
: 22jul79 noted at Portland with 829Sqn coded 457 assigned HMS Nubian
Royal New Zealand Navy XS532 : To RNZN 1985 for spares at Silverdale, New Zealand. Noted in hangar at Dai+
f.9560 wasp 1963 XS533 : d/d 12 Sep 1963, w/o 15 Nov 1968 with 829 Sqdn, ditched in Lyme Bay while +
f.9561 wasp 1963 XS534 : d/d 19 Oct 1963; 700W Sq det HMS Leander for trials Oct 1963; 700W Sq Pene+
f.9562 wasp 1963 XS535 : dd by Dec 1963 to Culdrose; 771 Sq/757 by Feb 1964; 829 Sq/500-PO by Jun 1+
f.9564 wasp 1963 XS537 : dd 17 Dec 1963. 700W Sq Ajax Flt/180-AJ by Feb 1964, 829Sq Ajax Flt/460-AJ+
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.9566 wasp 1963 XS539 : RN d/d 4 Feb 1964; Aurora Flt/185-AU by Apr 1964; 829 Sq Aurora Flt/185-A+
: 22jul79 noted at Portland with 829Sqn coded 434 Endurance Flt
: asg 829 Sq Endurance Flt/435-ED, attacked and damaged ARA Santa Fe outside+
: 829 Sq Endurance Flt/435 still Aug 1982 still 1985; To Lee A2718 1988, to +
- XS539 : Nov15 noted on display within Fleetlands Repair yard painted in 1982 colou+
f.9567 wasp 1963 XS540 : dd 20 Feb 1964. 829 Sq Ashanti Flt/177 by Mar 1964, 829 Sq/455-AU by Sep 1+
f.9568 wasp 1964 XS541 : dd 1964 to RN. 703 Sq/500 by Jul 1976, 829Sq HQ Flt/602, sold to a USA air+
f.9569 wasp 1964 XS542 : d/d 17/03/1964 to UK RN, 829 Sq Juno Flt/465 by Jul 1968 to at least Jan 1+
Brazilian Navy N-7042 : ex RN XS542 and Westland G-17-30, then to FAMB as N-7042, w/o 06 Dec 1982.
f.9570 wasp 1964 XS543 : d/d 3 Apr 1964 to RN, Fleetlands Apr 1964 to Sembawang store by Jun 1964, +
Royal New Zealand Navy NZ3906 : Ex RN XS543. To RNZN - left Portsmouth aboard HMNZS Wellington Oct 1982. R+
: Presented to RNZAF museum at Ohakea by Westland in 1998 until May 2007
: Stored in No 3 hangar at Wigram (wsw of Christchurch), when Ohakea wing of+
: 09nov16 pictured in 3 Sq markings at RNZAF Museum, Wigram, in storage.
f.9571 wasp 1964 XS544 : d/d 06 Apr 1964. Zulu Flt/482 by May 1964; Fleetlands by Sep 1965; 829 Sq +
: 829 Sq Yarmouth Flt / 456 by Feb 1973
: w/o 26 Aug 1976 with 829 Sq, crashed into Firth of Forth during a families+
f.9572 wasp 1964 XS545 : dd Apr 1964 to RN; 700W Sq Galatea Flt/182-GA by 1964; 829 Sq Galatea Flt/+
f.9573 wasp 1964 XS562 : dd 23 Apr 1964 to RN. 700W Sq HQ Flt/188-CU by Sep 1964 still Mar 1965; 82+
: By Pete Oliver.flight S.M.R 829 sq. H.M.S.Jupiter/443
: 22jul79 829Sqn coded 443 Jupiter Flt
: 829 Sq / 371 landed on mv Contender Bezant in Plymouth Sound, 20 May 1982 +
: 829 Sq Galatea Flt/360 by May 1982; to 829 Sq Contender Bezant Flt/371 by +
- F9573 : Sold to Classic Rotors (the rare and vintage rotorcraft museum) This rotor+
f.9575 wasp 1964 XS564 : dd 21 May 1964 to RN. 829Sq Argonaut Flt/466-AT by Nov 1970 to at least 19+
Brazilian Navy N-7037 : ex UK RN XS564 and G-17-22. To FAMB 1977 (N-7019 ntu ?) as N-7037
f.9576 wasp 1964 XS565 : dd 26 May 1964 to RN. 829 Sq Dido Flt/473 before Jan 1971, RNAY Fleetland+
f.9577 wasp 1964 XS566 : d/d 4 Jun 1964 to RN; 700W Sq Nubian Flt/187-NU by Nov 1964 until c Mar 19+
Royal New Zealand Navy XS566 : To RNZN 20 Oct 1989 for spares to support RNZN Wasp fleet. Preserved Silve+
f.9578 wasp 1964 XS567 : RNAY Fleetlands store by Jul 1964 to 1970; 829Sq Gurkha Flt/444 by Jun 197+
f.9579 wasp 1964 XS568 : d/d 10 Jul 1964; 771Sq/768 by Sep 1964; 829 SQ HQ Flt/501 by May 1965; to +
: ditched in sea off Belize, following loss of power during hover 28 Oct 198+
f.9581 wasp 1964 XS570 : dd 27 Jul 1964 to RN. 829 Sq Tartar Flt at least Dec 1966 to May 1969. 829+
- XS570 : Piet Smits (a private collector and dealer) at Baarlo, The Netherlands by +
f.9582 wasp 1964 XS571 : dd Aug 1964 to RN; 829 Sq Leander Flt/476-LE Jan 1966 to at least Sep 1967+
f.9583 wasp 1964 XS572 : dd into Fleetlands store Oct 1964; 829 Sq HQ Flt/500 by Sep 1965 still Jul+
: 829Sq Alacrity Flt/327-AL by Jul 1977. Embarked during Journeyman operatio+
: 829Sq HQ Flt by Dec 1978
: 22jul79 829Sqn coded 427 Ashanti Flt
: 829Sq Tartar Flt/477 by May 1980; to Wroughton store Dec 1980, to 8845M, t+
Westland XS572 : ff 28 Aug 1964. On display at Sep 1964 SBAC Air Show, Farnborough.
wa244 has.1 1965 XS864 : HAS.1 829 Sq Devonshire Flt/404-DV by Jul 1965 still Aug 1967, w/o 14 Nov +
wa254 has.1 1965 XS874 : HAS.1 dd Fleetlands 5 Jan 1966, 829 Sq London Flt/405-LO by Mar 1966, ditc+
wa267 has.1 1966 XS887 : dd 6 Apr 1966; 829 Sq Fife Flt/403-FI, Yeovilton Station Flight/18-VL by S+
- XS887 : 08dec07 aquired by the Yorkshire Helicopter Preservation Group and moved t+
f.9584 wasp 1964 XT414 : d/d 13 Sep 1965 to RN at RNAY Fleetlands; 829 Sq Naiad Flt/470 by Oct 1965+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XT414 : f/f 26 Sep 1964, d/d 13 Oct 1964 to A&AEE Boscombe Down and undertook vari+
f.9585 wasp 1964 XT415 : RN d/d 23 Oct 1965; 700W Sq Aurora Flt/185, 829 Sq /455 by 1965; Paris Air+
: 21oct78 noted in store RNAY Wroughton coded 452 ex 829NAS
: Aug79 pictured as /BR-452 829 Sq, 034 Flight on HMS Brighton (F106) during+
: 829 Sq Brighton Flt/461-BR by 1980; 829 Sq Leander Flt/476-LE by May 1984 +
: 13Sep85 noted RNAS Portland coded FIR3 with 829 Squadron, HMS Endurance
Royal New Zealand Navy XT415 : To RNZN for spares.
f.9586 wasp 1964 XT416 : dd 03 Dec 1964 to RN; 829 Sq/183-ES Eskimo Flt by early 1965; 829 Sq Naiad+
f.9587 wasp 1964 XT417 : dd 3 Dec 1964; 829 Sq Naiad Flt/470-NA Feb 1965 until Sep 1965; Westland H+
Royal New Zealand Navy NZ3904 : ex UK XT417. On loan to RNZN May 1974 to Aug 1975 as replacement for the w+
f.9588 wasp 1964 XT418 : d/d 4 Dec 1964. 829 Sq Argonaut Flt/466-AT by Jun 1968 still Mar 1970; RN+
: 22jul79 829Sqn coded 435 Endurance Flt
f.9589 wasp 1964 XT419 : dd 23 Dec 1964 to RN as XT419. RAF Bahrain SAR Flt/422 by 1965 still 1970,+
Brazilian Navy N-7036 : ex UK RN as XT419. To G-17-1, then to FAMB 1977 (N-7018 ntu ?) as N-7036, +
f.9590 wasp 1964 XT420 : dd 5 Jan 1965 to RN. 829 Sq Nubian Flt/457-NU by Nov 1968, ditched, to Le+
: 22jul79 829Sqn coded 422 Aurora Flt
: 829 Sq Aurora Flt/422 by May 1981 still Sep 1981; uncoded Portland Mar 198+
- G-CBUI : ex RN XT420. Private East Dereham by Aug 1999, to G-CBUI 5 Aug 2002, Thrux+
: 08Jul06 829 NAS HQ Flt markings / 606, cockpit pictured in the static disp+
f.9591 wasp 1964 XT421 : RN; 829 Sq HQ Flt/503 by Oct 1970 still Jul 1972; RNAY Fleetlands by Nov 1+
Royal Malaysian Navy M499-03 : Malaysian Navy (TLDM) d/d 1988, ex XT421, wfu 26sep02
: 14Apr97 pictured (still with XT421 on the side) on a Malaysian warship
Malaysian Aviation Training Academy 9M499-03 : Instructional air frame at Malaysian Aviation Training Academy,Kuantan. Pa+
f.9592 wasp 1965 XT422 : RN d/d 1967; 829Sq Mohawk Flt/474 by Feb 1967; RNAY Fleetlands by Jun 197+
f.9593 wasp 1965 XT423 : d/d 1965. Hecla Flt/989 by Apr 1965; 829 Sq Hecla Flt/481 by Jun 1965, 829+
: RN; 1978 829Sqn./HQ-615
: 22jul79 829Sqn coded 615
f.9594 wasp 1965 XT424 : d/d 5 Mar 1965; Assigned Juno Flt by Apr 1970. w/o 4 Jun 1975 with 829 Sqd+
f.9595 wasp 1965 XT425 : d/d 16 Mar 1965. w/o 4 Oct 1966 with 829 Sqdn, ditched in sea, 10nm off Po+
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.9597 wasp 1965 XT427 : dd 17 May 1965. 706W Sq/990-CU by Jul 1965; 829 Sq Hecate Flt/418 by Jun 1+
: 829 Sq Eskimo Flt/453 by Jan 1970 until c Jun 1970; 829 Sq HQ Flt/502 by A+
: 829 Sq/602 by Jan 1982; 829 Sq Rhyl Flt Apr 1982
: 829 Sq / 372 landed on mv Contender Bezant in Plymouth Sound, 20 May 1982 +
: 829 Sq HQ Flt/606 by Sep 1982 and ditched in sea 6 Sep 1983 while operatin+
: 17Sep05 pictured (pic2) at RNAS Yeovilton. Fleet Air Arm Museum exhibit i+
f.9598 wasp 1965 XT428 : d/d 13 May 1965 to RN to storage; 829 Sq Hermione Flt/475 by Jun 1969 to c+
: 22jul79 noted Portland 829Sqn coded 475
Royal New Zealand Navy XT428 : To RNZN for spare parts to support remainder of Wasp fleet 1985/6.
f.9599 wasp 1965 XT429 : RN, d/d 01 Jun 1965; Vidal Flt/408 by Jun 1968 until c Mar 1970; Bahrein S+
: 22jul79 noted at Portland 829Sqn coded 453 Eskimo Flt
: 829Sq Plymouth Flt, embarked on HMS Plymouth during visit to Plymouth, 5-9+
: as 829 Sq Plymouth Flt/445, attacked and damaged ARA Santa Fe outside Gryt+
: 829 Sq Plymouth Flt/445-PLY until May 1988, to A2720 1988. To Malaysia 19+
Royal Malaysian Navy M499-08 : ex UK RN XT429, d/d 08/1992 to Malaysian Navy as M499-08. wfu 26 Sep 2002
f.9600 wasp 1965 XT430 : dd 1 Jun 1965 to RN. 829Sq Charybdis Flt/431-CY by May 1969, Fleetlands by+
f.9601 wasp 1965 XT431 : dd 5 Jul 1965 to RN. 829Sq HQ Flt/502 by Nov 1966, 829Sq Scylla Flt/432 b+
f.9602 wasp 1965 XT432 : ff Jun 1965, dd 22 Jun 1965 to Fleetlands. 829 Sq Hecate Flt/418-HT by Feb+
: 22jul79 noted at Portland 829Sqn coded 416 Hecla Flt
: May84 noted as 829 Sqdn/415 Hydra Flight. HMS Hydra (A144) was an ocean-g+
: 04aug87 pictured as 829 Sqd /609 at RNAS Portland. XT783 /470 on backgroun+
Royal New Zealand Navy XT432 : To RNZN for spares 20 Oct 1989.


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