united kingdom 846 squadron

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846 NAS : 846 naval air squadron

1943 to present    




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846 squadron
Formed at Quonset Point, USA in Apr 1943 as a TBR Avenger unit. Returned to UK on the Attacker Class HMS Ravager (D70) in Jul 1943 and eventually embarked on HMS Tracker in Jan 1944 for convoy duty off Gibraltar. It joined 15 Group RAF Coastal Command at Limvardy, when the ship was damaged in Jun 1944. The squadron embarked on HMS Trumpeter (D09) in Jul 1944 for operations off Norway, mine-laying till Sep 1944. From December, the squadron operated from HMS Trumpeter or Hatston until May 1945 when the fighter flight was disbanded. After VE Day the squadron was due to join HMS Illustrious (4th Carrier Air Group), but plans changed and it became 751 Squadron to conduct trials. It disbanded in Sep 1945 at Machrihanish.
846 NAS reformed in May 1962 as the second Commando Squadron, initially with 6 Whirlwind HAS.7s, increasing to 12 by mid Aug. After working up, it embarked on 2 Nov 1962 for the Far East on HMS Albion. The Squadron operated in Aden and Seria in Brunei (disembarking on 14 Dec 1962), then joined HMS Bulwark for Singapore, where it disbanded in Oct 1964.
On 29 Jul 1968 the squadron was reformed at RNAS Culdrose with 5 Wessex HU.5 flying at various times from HMS Albion, HMS Bulwark and HMS Hermes (R12), including the first cold weather arctic trials in Norway during 1969. It disbanded on 17 Dec 1975 at RNAS Yeovilton.
Reformed in Oct 1978. The Sea King HC.4 was introduced to the unit in Dec 1979. It detached a 2 airframe flight to HMS Bulwark during Jan 1980 for exercises in the western Atlantic. The unit was heavily committed to the 1982 Falklands conflict. 846 NAS was the only front line unit operating HC.4s at the start of the campaign with 9 airframes from HMS Hermes and the remaining 3 aboard HMS Fearless.

A detachment of 3 Sea King HC.4 embarked on RFA Reliant was deployed during Jan - Mar 1984 off Lebanon during its civil war, supporting British forces of BRITFORLEB and eventually evacuating them and civilians from Beirut.

Between 1990 and 1992, the Squadron was involved in the Gulf War, during Operation Granby in support of allied ground forces during the six week ground campaign and in northern Iraq for humanitarian missions.
During Jan 1993, 846 NAS embarked HMS Ark Royal and made its first deployment to the Adriatic as part of UN attempts to bring peace during the break-up of the former Yugoslavia.

846 NAS embarked its Sea King HC.4 on HMS Ocean and deployed to Sierra Leone during Operation Palliser, in support of 42 Commando, Royal Marines.
The unit was replaced in its Bosnian UN peacekeeping support by Army Air Corps detachments at Banja Luka Metal Factory in Mar 2005. In Jul 2006, the unit deployed to RAF Akrotiri in support of Operation Highbrow (qv), returning by the end of the month. In Sep 2006, as part of pre-theatre deployment training for Afghanistan, 3 Sea Kings were airlifted from RAF Brize Norton to RAF Akrotiri for hot and high training in the Cyprus mountains.
The unit deployed to Afghanistan towards the end of Nov 2007, following extensive work up from Sep 2006. Its Sea King HC.4s having been the subject of hot and high modifications (including Carson main blades, improved avionics and reverting to a 5 bladed tail rotor) prior to departure. It returned to the UK during Nov 2011.
Decommissioned in Mar 2013 as part of drawdown of Sea King from Commando Helicopter Force, in preparation for receipt of Merlin, forecast for Sep 2014. Reformed Sep 2014 at RAF Benson to receive first of the Merlin HC.3, handed over from RAF 78 Squadron. On 26 Mar 2015, 846 NAS moved back to RNAS Yeovilton, with 6 Merlin HC.3 flying in. The homecoming was officially celebrated by a Merlin flypast on 12 May.



1981, 846 deployed two Sea Kings in on the HMS Hermes to the Carribean and Florida

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News about this Rotary Wing Unit :

846 NAS’ Merlin Helps Iconic Somerset Site, 19-Oct-17 : Royal Navy’ 846 Naval Air Squadron provided Merlin helicopter to help the National Trust preserved iconic Somerset landmark at Glastonbury Tor

846 Squadron Female Pilot Named in Awards, 17-Jun-16 : Royal Navy 846 Naval Air Squadron Junglie Merlin pilot Lieutenant Natalie Grainger named one of the country’s top 100 rising stars in the female-only We Are The City awards.

Royal Marines Merlin iMk3 Aboard HMS Ocean, 29-Mar-16 : Transferred from the RAF, the green Merlins HC.3i (interim) of 846 Naval Air Squadron joined Britain’s flagship HMS Ocean for amphibious training. They replaced the recently retired Junglie Sea King

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2015/nowRNAS YeoviltonEGDY
2014/15RAF BensonEGUB
2011/13RNAS YeoviltonEGDY
2007/11AF KandaharOAKN
2003/07IQ Basrah International AirportORMM
1991/93RNAS YeoviltonEGDY
1991QA Doha / Ad DawhahOTBD
1984/90RNAS YeoviltonEGDY
1984CY Dhekelia
1982/84RNAS YeoviltonEGDY
1982 Port StanleySFAL
1978/82RNAS YeoviltonEGDY
1976/77RNAS YeoviltonEGDY
1972/75RNAS YeoviltonEGDY
1968/72RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1966RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1966GI RAF GibraltarLXGB
1964MY TawauWBKW
1963/64HK Kai TakVHKT
1962/63MY KuchingWBGG
1962RNAS CuldroseEGDR
??/05BA BLMF
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YearsModels
2017/nowMerlin HC.4
2015/nowMerlin HC.3i
1979/13Sea King HC.4
1978/81 wessex     Wessex HU.5
1976/77 wessex     Wessex HU.5
1968/75 wessex     Wessex HU.5
1962/64 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAS.7
















Construction Numbers for 846Sq Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa289 has7 1960 XN309 : 846SqS/T-A May 1962. Hit tail rotor while landing in clearing S of Limbang+
: 846Sq/V-A by Jun 1963, Fleetlands by Jan 1964, to Weston-super-Mare for c+
wa317 has7 1960 XN387 : HAS.7 719 NAS/626 Feb 1961, replacing XN357 on squadron strength, until Oc+
wa154 hu.5 1963 XS480 : 846Sq/B-CU by Jul 1968, 845Sq/C-A by Jan 1970
: 845Sq/C-A by Sep 1972, 845Sq/C-H by Sep 1973, 846Sq/VZ by Jan 1977, 845Sq/+
: jan79 confirmed coded B/V-T 846Sqn
wa157 hu.5 1963 XS483 : 700V IFTU/E by Feb 1964, 848Sq/E by May 1964, 848Sq/E-A by Dec 1964 still +
: 845Sq/F-H by Sep 1973. 846Sq/VH-B by Jul 1979.
wa167 hu.5 1964 XS493 : dd May 1964, 848Sq/N by Jul 1964, NASU CU by Jul 1967, 846Sq/A-CU by Jul 1+
: 845Sq /F-B by Jun 1972; 845Sq /R-H by Sep 1973; 846Sq /VE-B by May 1979;+
Vector Aerospace XS493 : Stored Vector Aerospace Fleetlands by 1990 still 2011.
wa173 hu.5 1964 XS499 : dd Jun 1964, 707Sq/Z-CU by Dec 1964, Arctic trials aboard RFA Regent Oct 1+
wa176 hu.5 1964 XS507 : dd 27/08/1964, 707Sq/W-CU by 1965, still Jun 1967 still 1969, 845Sq/C by S+
Royal Marines XS507 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XU
: 847Sq /XU noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
Royal Air Force XS507 : ex FAA Wessex HU.5. To 606Sq (Royal Aux AF) for Helicopter Support traini+
: May 2011 pictured with 606 (Chiltern) Sq RAFR at RAF Benson
wa177 hu.5 1964 XS508 : 706Squadron 21Oct64; 846Squadron coded VL 1976
wa180 hu.5 1964 XS511 : RN in 1985 846Sqn./M
- XS511 : To Tangmere Military Aviation Museum in 2005.
wa182 hu.5 1964 XS513 : RN in 1985 846Sqn./E
: jan79 coded B/V-P 846Sqn
wa184 hu.5 1964 XS515 : 1985 846Sqn /N
Royal Marines XS515 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XB
: 847Sq /XB noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
wa185 hu.5 1964 XS516 : 1985 846Sqn /Q
Royal Marines XS516 : 07may-24sep 1982 reactivated 847 NAS as /XD
: 847Sq /XD noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
wa189 hu.5 1964 XS520 : RN; 1985 846Sqn./F
: jan79 coded B/V-O 846Sqn
wa271 hu.5 1965 XT449 : RN; 1985 846Sqn./C
wa273 hu.5 1965 XT451 : jan79 coded B/V-L 846Sqn
wa277 hu.5 XT455 : RN; 1985 846Sqn./U
wa278 hu.5 1965 XT456 : jan79 coded B/VA 846Sqn
Royal Marines XT456 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XZ
wa281 hu.5 1965 XT459 : Wessex HU.5 d/d 6 Jul 1965,  847 Sq/B-S by 1969, 846Sq/VB-A by 1972, 848S+
Royal Marines XT459 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /B
wa282 hu.5 1965 XT460 : RN; 1985 846Sqn./K
wa283 hu.5 1965 XT461 : Wessex HU.5 dd 5 Aug 1965; to 845Sq/F-B by Oct 1965 still May 1966; 845Sq/+
: 1976 pictured (top) as 846Sq as /VA-VL as lifts off from USS Austin (LPD-4+
: jan79 confirmed coded B/V-R 846Sqn
wa286 hu.5 1965 XT464 : jan79 coded B/VC 846Sqn
: HU.5 845Sq/E-B by Nov 1965 still May 1966 still Sep 1968, 846Sq/E-CU by N+
wa287 hu.5 1965 XT465 : w/o 6 Mar 1979 as 846Sq/VU-B after hitting cables near Andoya, Norway.
wa292 hu.5 1965 XT470 : jan79 coded B/VB 846Sqn
Royal Marines XT470 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /G
wa305 hu.5 1966 XT483 : jan79 coded B/V-H 846Sqn
wa479 hu.5 1966 XT757 : dd to Fleetlands store 21 Jul 1966, NATIU 1973-1974, 846Sq/XT by Mar 1975,+
Royal Marines XT757 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XH
: 847Sq /XH noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
wa482 hu.5 1966 XT760 : Wessex HU.5 d/d 10 Oct 1966, 847 Sq/A-S by 1969, 846Sq/VS-B by Jul 1979. F+
: jan79 confirmed coded B/V-S 846Sqn
Royal Marines XT760 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /A
wa487 hu.5 1966 XT765 : RN; 1985 846Sqn./J
wa489 hu.5 1967 XT767 : about 1976 noted RNAS Yeovilton coded OD/VR 846Sqd, RFA Olmedia Flight; 31+
wa 664 has.1 1971 XV676 : Unknown date, converted to HC.6 standard; 01May08 noted coded ZE of 846Squ+
wa 671 has.1 1971 XV700 : 2007 HC.6CR type 846Sqn /ZC
wa 674 has.1 1971 XV703 : conv to HAS.6C /ZD AMG Yeovilton by 2004; 848Sq/ZD by Sep 2004; 846Sq/ZD b+
Vector Aerospace XV703 : Oct06 Vector Aerospace
wa 848 has.2 1977 XZ580 : By 2006 converted to HC.6 standard, coded ZB or 846Sqd; Retired AESS Gospo+
wa 882 has.5 1979 XZ922 : 1996 HAS6 type as 810Sqn /03 ; 2007 HC.6CR type as 846Sqn /ZA
: by 2004 converted to HC.6 standard; 18Sep04 noted at RNAS Yeovilton coded +
wa 904 hc.4 1979 ZA290 : RN d/d 1980; VC/846sqn w/o 18may82 near Punta Arenas Chile during Operatio+
wa 905 hc.4 1979 ZA291 : RN; 1985 846Sqn./VB; 1994 707Sqn./ZX; 1995 707Sqn./ZX; 2000 848Sqn./ZX
: 2007 846Sqn./N; 2008 848Sqn./WN
wa 906 hc.4 1979 ZA292 : RN; 1985 type:HC.4 846Sqn./VH
Vector Aerospace ZA292 : Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands, noted 01dec15; Stripped of all usable part+
wa 907 hc.4 1979 ZA293 : RN; 1985 846Sqn /VK; 1990 846Sqn /VP; 1994 707Sqn /ZT; jul00 848Sqn /ZO; 2+
wa 908 hc.4 ZA294 : RN d/d 1980; 846sqn w/o 19may82 21 of the 30 onboard killed
wa 909 hc.4 ZA295 : 2007 846Sqn./VU
: 13jul13 pictured as 846SqS /U at RNAS Yeovilton
Vector Aerospace ZA295 : Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands, noted 20apr16; stored as /U
wa 910 hc.4 1980 ZA296 : RN; 1985 846Sqn./VF
: 05jun94 846Sqn./VO Flypast Portsmouth harbour
: 2000 846Sqn./VO; 2004 845Sqn./B
Vector Aerospace ZA296 : Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands, noted 20apr16; stored as /Q
wa 912 hc.4 1981 ZA298 : RN; 1985 846Sqn /VA; 2000 845Sqn /G; 2004 848Sqn /WW
: to G-BJNM Oct-Dec 1981 and back to ZA298. 846Sq/VA by Jul 1982 still 1986+
: 846Sq /Y departed Yeovilton for Afghanistan 27 Aug 2009, with ZE427 /K.
: 846SqS/Y, struck by RPG on stbd side forward of u/c strut, in Nad-e Ali wh+
wa 913 hc.4 1981 ZA299 : RN; 1985 707Sqn /ZD; 1994 707Sqn /ZZ; jul00 848Sqn /ZT; 2004 845Sqn /D; 20+
Vector Aerospace ZA299 : Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands, noted 20apr16; stored as /D
wa 914 hc.4 1981 ZA310 : RN; 1985 707Sqn /ZS; 1987 846Sqn /VS; 1990 846Sqn /VQ; 1994 707Sqn /ZY; 19+
wa 915 hc.4 1981 ZA311 : RN d/d 1981; 846sqn w/o 23apr82
: dd 2 Dec 1981, 846Sq/VP-VL by Jan 1982, to HMS Hermes. Ditched and sank in+
wa 916 hc.4 1981 ZA312 : 846Sq/VW by Jul 1982; 707Sq/ZB by 1986; 707Sq/ZT by 1988; 845Sq/B-R by Nov+
- ZA312 : 29nov17 parked up in Gatwick Cargo overnight on the back of a trailer; De+
wa 918 hc.4 ZA314 : RN; 1987 846Sqn /VF; 2000 845Sqn /F; 2007 848Sqn /WT
wa 928 hc.4 1982 ZB507 : 2007 846Sqn./F
: 846Sq /F aboard HMS Bulwark during Navy Days 2009
Ministry of Defence (MoD) ZB507 : f/f 19 Jan 1983 as Mk.4X to RAE/DRA/DERA Farnborough by 1986 still 1993, E+
wa 932 hc.4 ZD477 : RN; 1985 846Sqn./VC
wa 933 hc.4 1984 ZD478 : f/f 15 Feb 1984, d/d 1 Mar 1984 to RN; 846Sq/VE by Aug 1984 still 1986; 84+
: 1985 846Sqn /VE
: 15jul94 pictured (top) as 846Sqn 8/VM at Yeovilton with an unknown 1943/19+
: 09feb98 846Sqn./VG visit
: 1998 846Sqn /VG; 2000 846Sqn /VX
: 846Sq/VG by Mar 1998 still Mar 1999; 846Sq/VX by Mar 2002, DARA Fleetlands+
- ZD478 : hull at Air and Ground, Hixon by Nov 2012
wa 935 hc.4 1984 ZD480 : 23jun12 pictured (bot) as 846Sqn /J at the RNAS Yeovilton airshow
ZD480 : 14Jul95 pictured (top) in UN markings white c/s at RNAS Yeovilton
- ZD480 : 20Apr16 - Noted in Arctic Camouflage coded "J" preserved inside the Fleetl+
wa 936 hc.4 1984 ZD625 : RN; 1985 707Sqn /ZF; 1989 707Sqn /ZX; 1992 707Sqn /ZZ; 1993 707Sqn /ZZ; 20+
- ZD625 : 10aug16 at mini moo's farm, Edmondsley, Durham. DH7 6EY
wa 937 hc.4 1984 ZD626 : 848Sq/ZZ by 2003; 846Sq/S Dec 2006
: 846Sq /S, returned to Yeovilton from Afghanistan 11 Aug 2009, to SK AMG
wa 938 hc.4 1984 ZD627 : RN; 1998 846Sqn /VL; 2000 846Sqn /VR; 2007 846Sqn /R
: 846Sq/VR 2000
wa 952 hc.4 1985 ZE425 : RN; 1992 846Sqn /VJ; 1994 772Sqn /26; 2000 846Sqn /VJ; 2007 848Sqn /WR
wa 953 hc.4 1985 ZE426 : RN; 1992 846Sqn /VO; 1994 707Sqn /ZW; 1996 846Sqn /VI; 2000 848Sqn /ZW; 20+
wa 954 hc.4 1985 ZE427 : RN; 1992 846Sqn./VH
: 846Sq /K departed Yeovilton for Afghanistan 27 Aug 2009, with ZA298 /Y.
wa 955 hc.4 1985 ZE428 : RN; 1996 846Sqn /VK; sep97 848Sqn /ZW; 2000 846Sqn /VS
: NASU CU by 1986, 845Sq/D by Sep 1986 still 1988 still Jan 1990, 772Sq/625-+
wa 962 hc.4 1986 ZF116 : 772Sq/620-PO by Apr 1993, 772Sq/625-PO by Mar 1994; 848Sq/ZR by Mar 1995, +
Her Majesty's Government ZF116 : A&AEE Boscombe by Jul 1988, cold weather trials Canada winter 1991
wa 963 hc.4 1986 ZF117 : RN; 1992 846Sqn /VK; 1996 846Sqn /VQ; 2000 846Sqn /VQ; 2004 846Sqn /VQ
Vector Aerospace ZF117 : Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands, noted 20apr16; stores as /X
: 22nov17 in flight test after minor package ... going to Pakistan with desi+
wa 964 hc.4 1986 ZF118 : RN d/d 1986; 846sqn
: 2000 846Sqn /VO; 2004 845Sqn /VP
wa 966 hc.4 ZF119 : RN; 2000 846Sqn /VW; 2007 848Sqn /WY; 2009 848Sqn /WY
wa 967 hc.4 1986 ZF120 : 18Apr05 noted RNAS Yeovilton coded -.VZ of 846Squadron; 17Feb06 noted RAF +
wa 968 hc.4 1986 ZF121 : 1996 846Sqn /VJ; 1998 846Sqn /VJ; 2000 846Sqn /VT; 2007 846Sqn /T
: 23jun12 pictured (pic2) as ZF121 /T of 846SqS supporting the Commando assa+
wa 969 hc.4 1986 ZF122 : RN; 1998 846Sqn /VI; jul00 846Sqn /VU; 2004 846Sqn /VU; 2007 845Sqn /L
wa 973 hc.4 1987 ZF123 : Jul00 type:HC.4 846Sqn./VY
wa1003 hc.4 ZG822 : RN; 05jun95 846Sqn./VN Flypast Portsmouth harbour
: RN; jul00 846Sqn /VN; 2007 848Sqn /WS
50049 hc.3 1999 ZJ118 : Nov15 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
Royal Air Force ZJ118 : RAF 50049/RAF02 f/f 14jun99 at Yeovil
: 2007 28 Sqn /B
50099 hc.3 2000 ZJ121 : RN 846Sqn; 19jul15 pictured (bot) at RIAT 2015
: 08jan16 846Sqn./E at Nantes direction South
: 08jan16 846Sqn./E at Bordeaux direction Spain
Royal Air Force ZJ121 : RAF; 2007 28Sqn./E
: 19nov13 pictured (top) at Yeovil
50141 hc.3 2000 ZJ126 : Apr15 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
Royal Air Force ZJ126 : RAF 50141/RAF10 in June 2009 /K 28/78Sqn.
: 31Jul14 pictured (pic2) with 78 Sq/K markings on std side in the static di+
50167 hc.3 2001 ZJ129 : 08jan16 846Sqn./N at Nantes direction South
: 08jan16 846Sqn./N at Bordeaux direction Spain
Royal Air Force ZJ129 : RN; 01may05 pictured as 28Sqn /N at Abingdon
: 2007 28Sqn./N
50169 hc.3 2001 ZJ130 : 02jul16 pictured (pic2) as 846Sq /O at RNAS Yeovilton during Air Day 2016
Royal Air Force ZJ130 : RAF; 2007 28Sqn./O
: 28/78 Sq/O by Oct 2009. Part of 1st detachment of RAF Merlin to Afghanista+
: 21jul13 pictured (pic1) as /O at RIAT 2013 RAF Fairford
50183 hc.3 2001 ZJ134 : RN; Oct16 846Sq /S in Bavaria, Germany
Royal Air Force ZJ134 : RAF
: 1419 Flt /S, in Iraq Jun 2009; MDMF Culdrose on 9 Jul 2009
: 23apr13 seen at the west coast of Wales
50187 hc.3 2001 ZJ135 : 846Sq by Mar16
: 02jul16 pictured (pic2) as 846Sq /T at RNAS Yeovilton during Air Day 2016
Royal Air Force ZJ135 : RAF HC.3; 27aug09 pictured (pic1) at RAF Benson
50191 hc.3 2001 ZJ136 : Dec15 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
Royal Air Force ZJ136 : RAF HC.3 d/d 29apr02
: 23may11 pictured as /U at RAF Benson.
50195 hc.3 2002 ZJ137 : Jan16 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
Royal Air Force ZJ137 : RAF 50195/RAF21.; 2003 28Sqn./W
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Operations

DatesOperation
apr-15apr-15 Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1
oct-11oct-11 Staff College Sea Days 2011
oct-07oct-11AF Operation Herrick
oct-06nov-06SL Operation Vela (Green Eagle)
jul-06jul-06LB Operation Highbrow
may-00jun-00SL Operation Palliser
05-jun-9505-jun-95 D-Day 50th Anniversary Flypast
dec-90mar-91IQ Operation Desert Shield/Storm
11-jan-8423-mar-84LB Operation Offcut
02-apr-8217-jun-82 Operation Corporate
25-jun-7728-jun-77 Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen
28-jul-6928-jul-69 Fleet Review: Ships of the Western Fleet
14-dec-6211-aug-66MY Konfrontasi
31-oct-5606-nov-56EG Operation Musketeer

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