RNAY Fleetlands store by Jul 1964 to 1970 829Sq Gurkha Flt/444 by Jun 1970 still May 1975 829Sq Apollo Flt/470-AP by Oct 1976 until c Apr 1979 829Sq Diomede Flt/423 by Jun 1979 829Sq HQ Flt by Feb 1980 829Sq Apollo Flt/470-AP by Aug 1980 still Sep 1983 airfreighted to Belize to join 829Sq Active Flt/322 Aug 1984 829Sq Endurance Flt/434-E by Sep 1984 wfu Jun 1986, to AES Lee as A2719 by Jul 1986 until Sep 1992 pres. IWM Duxford (as /434-E) from Sep 1992. Aircraft Retired / Not available by 1986
Armilla Patrol Oct80-Mar83, as the Flight Commander of HMS Apollo, I flew this aircraft for several hundred hours including the inaugural Operation Armilla in the Gulf in 1981 and Operation Corporate in the Falklands in 1982.: It was a great little helicopter which never let me down in all that time. I also had 3 excellent leading aircrewmen during my time in Apollo: Joe Harper, John Greig and Taff Davies, who shared the cockpit with me and were a pleasure to fly with. Colin Milne, Lt Cdr RN retd.