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  • united kingdom Bessbrook

    Newry, County Armagh, Northern Ireland

    United Kingdom

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    3.2117EGG53 Newry Hospital, Northern Ireland
    13.3203 Forkhill, Northern Ireland
    19.3227GBXCS Crossmaglen, Northern Ireland
    21.1233 Lough Ross, Northern Ireland
    24.0350 Mahon Pad, Northern Ireland
    26.9357EGC38 Craigavon Hospital, Northern Ireland

    1972 to 2007

    54° 11' 39'' N - 6° 23' 28'' W
    2 nm NW of Newry, County Down
    ICAO: IATA: Local: GBZSS
    Elevation: 223 feet

    History of this Location

    The base was originally opened in the early 1970s to provide a secure operations area in support of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (later became the Police Service of Northern Ireland), dealing with civil unrest in Northern Ireland. The site was originally a flax mill from 1845 but this had commercially declined and was taken over by the UK Ministry of Defence and developed into the busiest helicopter base in Europe. It was a key site during Operation Banner, the longest continuous deployment (so far !) of British troops. The final flight from the base was by Lynx HAS.3GMS XZ735 on 22 Jun 2007; the last troops leaving on 25 Jun. The base closed on 31 Jul 2007 and the site was returned to the landowners.

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    List of aircraft and events at Bessbrook

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    By Date | By Serial

    1974-jun-01 AAC AH.1 XV132
    1986-jan-02 AccidentAAC AH1 XZ606
    1992-nov-26 AccidentAAC AH.1 ZB681
    1992-nov-26 AccidentRAF SA330E XW233
    1996-jun-19 655 Sq AH1 XZ192
    1996-jun-19 655 Sq AH1 XZ172
    1996-jun-19 655 Sq AH1 XZ218
    1996-jun-19 655 Sq AH1 XZ649
    1997-sep 655 Sq AH1 XZ215
    1997-sep 655 Sq AH1 XZ662
    1997-sep-15 665 Squadron AH.1 ZA775
    1997-sep-15 655 Sq AH1 XZ673
    2000-jan-13 665 Squadron AH.1 ZB674
    2000-may-11 665 Squadron AH.1 ZB689
    2000-dec-30 665 Squadron AH.1 ZA774
    2007-jun-22 RN HAS.2 XZ735

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