Formed in 1943 in the USA, after training in torpedo bomber techniques, it returned to Cornwall in Apr 1944 under RAF Coastal Command. In Sep 1944, it embarked in HMS Victorious (38) for the Far East, returning via Australia after WWII. It disbanded in Oct 1945.
Its most recent role as an Airborne Early Warning unit began when it reformed from 778 Squadron at RNAS Brawdy in Jul 1952 with Skyraiders, operating in several Flights. These were exchanged for Gannets from Sep 1959 and by Dec 1960 the AEW.3 version had been introduced. It operated from various aircraft carriers until it disbanded at Lossiemouth in Nov 1978.
The units HQ Flight reformed from a nucleus of 824 Squadron D Flight with Sea King AEW.2 on 1 Nov 1984 at RNAS Culdrose. A Flight (airframes carried an Aardvark badge) followed on 31 May 1985 for a commission on HMS Illustrious and B Flight (airframes carried a Bee badge) for a tour on HMS Ark Royal, on 3 Mar 1986. Towards the end of Jul 1986, A Flt embarked on HMS Illustrious for a delayed GLOBAL 86 deployment. The Eyes of the Fleet were back in business.
During the early part of 1993, B Flt was deployed to the Adriatic in support of the UNPROFOR mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina. Its 3 Sea King AEW.2 operated amongst HMS Ark Royal, FNS Clemenceau, USS Theodore Roosevelt and the shore.
On 13 Dec 2006 in a ceremony at RNAS Culdrose, A Flight (Aadrvarks) and B Flight (Bees) which had been integral parts of the unit since 1953 and 1952 respectively were each elevated to full Squadron status, with 3 Sea King ASaC.7 airframes apiece. A Flight became 854 Squadron and B Flight became 857 Squadron.
Re-absorbed 854 NAS in Dec 2014 to become Normandy Flight when they rejoined the Eyes of the Fleet. On 11 Dec Normandy Flight deployed to the Gulf to relieve 857 NAS on RFA Fort Austin. 849 NAS is the last unit in the UK military to operate the Sea King (as the ASaC.7) until c 2018, when it will be replaced by the Crowsnest-equipped Merlin.
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Exercise Deep Blue II in the Mediterranean, 20-Jul-16 : UK, US and France ships leaded by HMS Ocean helicopter carrier took part of antisubmarine exercise Deep Blue II in the Mediterranean. First time since 2012 HMS Ocean embarked an entire air group
List of aircraft
List of Aircraft for . / 849Sq / 849 Sq / 849NAS / 849 NAS
|C/N||Version||Built||In this Org||In other Org|
|wa 637||has.1||1969|| XV649 : RN; f/f 21sep69, d/d 06oct69 Built as HAS.1, conv to HAS.2A then AEW.2A; + |
: Conv to AEW.2A at Fleetlands by 1986; 849Sq/183-R by 1988; 849Sq B Flt/183+
: 18-22mar88 type:AEW2 849Sqn./R-183 embarked HMS Ark Royal (R07)
: Converted by 1984; 13Feb85 noted RNAS Lee-on-Solent uncoded of 849 Squadro+
: 849 Sq B Flt/184-R operating from HMS Ark Royal along the Dalmatian coastl+
: 849 Sq B Flt/184-R by Mar 1993, still Mar 1999
: 1996 type:AEW2A embarked aboard HMS Invincible (R05). 849Sqn./N-186; 1998 +
: 28Sep99 type:AEW2A 849Sqn./L-184 embarked aboard HMS Illustrious (R06).
: 2000 type:AEW2A 849Sqn./L-183
: Conv to ASaC.7, 849Sq HQ Flt/180-CU by Jul 2003; still Sep 2004; 854Sq/180+
: 2003 type:ASaC7 849Sqn./CU-180; 2004 type:ASaC7 849Sqn./CU-180
: 2009 type:ASaC7 849Sqn./180
: 11jul09 as 849 NAS /180 pictured (pic1) in the flying display at Yeovilto+
|wa 638||has.1||1969|| XV650 : RN HAS.1 f/f 02oct69, d/d 06nov69; conv to HAS.2A; conv to AEW.2A; Served + |
: 19Jul86 noted RNAS Lee-on-Solent coded -.180 of 849 Squadron, HQ Flight; 4+
: 1990 type:AEW2A 849Sqn./CU-180
: 849 Sq A Flt/ 186-N, embarked mid May 1992 on HMS Invincible for Orient 92+
: 849 Sq B Flt/182 operating from HMS Ark Royal along the Dalmatian coastlin+
: 1996 type:AEW2A 849Sqn./IFOR mrks.
: 1998 type:AEW2A 849Sqn./L-185 embarked aboard HMS Illustrious R06.
: 28Sep99 type:AEW2A 849Sqn./L-185 embarked aboard HMS Illustrious R06.
: 2000 type:AEW2A 849Sqn./L-185
: w/o 22mar03 mid air collision with XV704 in northern Persian Gulf while op+
|wa 644||has.1||1969|| XV656 : 849 Sq A Flt/ 187-N, embarked mid May 1992 on HMS Invincible for Orient 92+ |
: 849 Sq/187-N by Apr 2000 still Sep 2001.
: 1994 AEW.2A type 849Sqn./CU-187; 1996 still /180
: Conv to ASaC.7 849 Sq/185-N Jun 2003
: 2003 ASaC.7 type 849Sqn./R-185; 2007 still /185
: 20jul11 pictured as 849NAS /185 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day
: 849 NAS detached to RAF Lossiemouth on 6 Oct for Ex JW16-2
: 16aug17 asg 849NAS, was lead aircraft in formation to celebrate HMS Queen +
: Conv to AEW.2 849 Sq/186 by Aug 1985 still 1986, 849 Sq/186-N by 1990; 849+
|wa 652||has.1||1970|| XV664 : RN, Sea King HAS.1 type f/f 06may70, d/d 01jun70; 826Sq/142-E by 1971; con+ |
: 16may88 pictured(top) as /181 of 849 Squadron HQ Flight at RNAS Portland
: 07Nov90 noted at RNAS Portland coded -.185 of 849 Squadron, A Flight; 29Ju+
: 849 Sq A Flt/ 185-N, embarked mid May 1992 on HMS Invincible for Orient 92+
: 28aug98 AEW2A type as 849Sqn /N-86 embarked HMS Invincible
: 2003 ASaC.7 type 849Sqn /R-187; 2004 still
: Aug07 pictured (bot) ASaC7 type with 849 Sqd during RNAS Culdrose Air Day
|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 |
: conv to ASaC.7 type; 2003 849Sqn /N-183
|wa 660||has.1||1970|| XV672 : Royal Navy HAS 1 Yeovil f/f 19sep70, d/d 5oct70; served with 706Sq, 819S+ |
: 18-22mar88 type:AEW.2 849Sqn./R-182 embarked HMS Ark Royal R07.
: 849 Sq B Flt/183 operating from HMS Ark Royal along the Dalmatian coastlin+
: 1996 AEW.2A type 849 Sqn./82 IFOR
|wa 668||has.1||1971|| XV697 : 02Jun83 noted RNAY Fleetlands coded-.354 on AEW.2A conversion; To Westland+ |
: 18-22mar88 type:AEW.2 849Sqn./R-184 embarked HMS Ark Royal R07.
: 1996 AEW2A type at 849Sqn /8
: 10Sep96 delivered to 849 Squadron, B Flt, HMS Illustrious coded L.183, not+
: 17may97 pictured (pic1) as 849Sqn B flight /183-L on HMS Illustrious (R06)
: 2003 type:ASaC.7 849Sqn./CU-181
: 10may15 pictured (pic4) as 849Sq/181 aboard HMS Ocean at Greenwich for VE+
: 02oct15 type:ASaC7 849NAS./81 tdy 15oct15 at Lossiemouth
: 14mar16 pictured (pic6) asg 849Sq over Cornwall
|wa 675||has.1||1971|| XV704 : RN; 1985 type:AEW2A 849Sqn./63; 1990 type:AEW2A 849Sqn./R-184; 1996 type:A+ |
: 24+25jul99 type:AEW2A 849Sqn./CU-181 Fairford air show
: ASAC.7 type 849 NAS; w/o 22mar03 mid air collision with XV650 in northern +
|wa 678||has.1||1971|| XV707 : 1993 type:AEW2A 849Sqn./CU-181; 1994 type:AEW2A 849Sqn./CU-181; 1996 type:+ |
: 2005 type:ASaC.7 849Sqn./184; 2008 type:ASaC.7 849Sqn./184
|wa 679||has.1||1971|| XV708 : 1994 HAS.6 type 849Sqn /CU-708; 1996 HAS.6 type 810Sqn /10 |
|wa 685||has.1||1972|| XV714 : 1996 AEW2A type 849 Sqn /N-187 on HMS Invincible (R05) |
: 2003 ASaC.7 type 849 Sqn /R-188; 2004 ASaC.7 type 849 Sqn /R-188
|wa 887||has.5||1980|| ZA126 : 849Sq /91 by Jul 2009;
to Fleetlands /91 by Oct 2009 |
: 02jul11 pictured (top) as 849NAS/91 at RAF Waddington. inflatable dome det+
: 31jan15 still in active service on 849Sq at RNAS Culdrose
: 10may15 pictured (bot) with 849NAS embarked HMS Ocean at Greenwich Ship Ti+
|wa 890||has.5||1980|| ZA129 : RN; 1994 type:HAS.6 849Sqn./CU-502; 1996 type:HAS.6 810Sqn. |
|wa 896||has.5||1981|| ZA135 : 2003 type:HAS.6 849Sqn./CU-705 |
|wa 899||has.5||1982|| ZA166 : 2001 HU.5U type 849Sqn /CU-189 || ZA166 : HeliOps; VAHS Fleetlands for overhaul and repainting by Jun17 following le+ |
|wa 942||has.5||1984|| ZD633 : 1994 HAS.6 type 849 Sqn /CU-507; 1996 HAS.6 type 810 Sqn /507 |
|wa 945||has.5||1985|| ZD636 : 2000 849Sqn /L-183; 2001 849Sqn /L-183 |
: 08Jul06 849 NAS B Flt / 182 pictured in the static display at Yeovilton A+
|wa 956||has.5||1986|| ZE418 : 1996 Approx converted to AEW.2A and noted coded N.186 of 849 Squadron, "A"+ |
: 2009 ASaC7 type 849Sqn /186
: 849Sq /186, in flying display at Devonport Navy Days 2009
: 849 NAS/186 embarked HMS Illustrious Oct 2009 at Glasgow, for Exercise JW +
: 2011 ASaC7 type 849Sqn./86
|wa 958||has.5||1986|| ZE420 : 22Jul97 delivered after conversion to AEW.2A standard coded N.592 to 849 S+ |
: 1998 type:AEW2A 849Sqn./L-183 embarked aboard HMS Illustrious R06.
: 28sep99 type:AEW2A 849Sqn./L-183 embarked aboard HMS Illustrious R06.
|wa 961||has.5||1986|| ZE422 : 28jul16 as 849 NAS/192 pictured at RNAS Culdrose for Air Day 2016 |
: 849 NAS detached to RAF Lossiemouth on 6 Oct for Ex JW16-2
|26-mar-17||06-apr-17||Exercise Joint Warrior 17-1|
|31-jan-17||02-feb-17||Exercise Unified Trident|
|20-jan-17||03-feb-17||Operation Skinners Gold|
|06-oct-16||21-oct-16||Exercise Joint Warrior 16-2|
|oct-11||oct-11||Staff College Sea Days 2011|
|oct-06||nov-06||Operation Vela (Green Eagle)|
|28-aug-98||31-aug-98||International Festival of Sea|
|27-sep-88||04-oct-88||Fleet Review: Australia Bi-centennial Naval Salute|
|25-jun-77||28-jun-77||Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen|
|15-jun-53||15-jun-53||Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet|