ff 7 Jan 1964, 700Sq(W)Sq by 21 Feb 1964. 829Sq Mohawk Flt/474-MO by Mar 1964 until c Nov 1966, Fleetlands Dec 1966, 706Sq/582 by Jun 1967, 829Sq Achilles Flt/430 by Jul 1976, 829Sq Bacchante Flt/425 by Mar 1978 (following accident to XT792), 829Sq Lowestoft Flt/451 by Jul 1983 until 29 Oct 1984, to A2725 AES Lee-on-Solent by Apr 1985, perished Predannack 1995.
I served on HMS Mohawk ship flight, from 1964 to 1967, and can confirm that this aircraft was the ship helicopter, bearing the side number 474. I can confirm the incident at RNAS Portland in 1967 in which damage occurred following tail rotor contact with the ground on landing. During the first commission of Mohawk, the aircraft took part in a major survey of the rhinoceros population of the Tsavo national park in Kenya, whilst the ship was alongside in Mombasa. In 1967 in the West Indies, the aircraft was used extensively on the island of Antigua to assist Cable and Wireless company in executing an aerial survey of the island for a new telephone cable system. After the first commission in the Arabian Gulf, the aircraft was found to be suffering from widespread corrosion. The subsequent investigation, involving major paint removal and dismantling formed the basis of the subsequent husbandry requirements for aircraft operating from small ships.