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  • united kingdom Coypool

    Plymouth, Devon, England

    United Kingdom


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    3.1322EGH22 Derriford, England
    3.3335EGHD Plymouth, England
    3.5308 Seaton Barracks, England
    3.5294 Plumer Barracks, England
    4.1286 HMS Thunderer, England
    4.3258 Central Park, England

    1941 to 1995

    50° 23' 44'' N - 4° 5' 12'' W
    2.5nm ENE of Plymouth
    Elevation: 16 feet

    History of this Location

    Opened in May 1941 as a depot for the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), it had river and rail access.  Its closure was announced in 1961, when it was run down. The worldwide deployment of British forces saw radical changes during the 1950s and 1960s and by 1971, the Royal Marines had returned from Near and Far East bases to its headquarters in Plymouth. By then, Coypool had become a depot again, with its storage facilities holding vehicles and equipment. In late 1971 an enlarged 3 CBAS had moved into Coypool.
    In 1973, the two hangars on the southern margin of Plymouth Airport were demolished to make way for the grounds of a new Teacher Training College and the Sioux AH.1 and Scout AH.1 based there moved down the valley to Coypool, where one of the buildings was turned over to hangarage and part of the motor pool car park became a helipad.  Plymouth kept expanding economically and the RAF had recently pulled its Hawk trainers out of Chivenor. The Coypool base functions were transferred to Chivenor and 3CBAS formally moved to RNAS Yeovilton on 6 Nov 1982.
    Around 1995, the base finally closed and the area has now been redeveloped into a Woodland Park with riverside walk and cycle track along the old Launceston branch railway line. It is backed onto by a small retail park.

    These facilities underwent a major facelift with new roofing on all the hangar area and new security fencing all round the site. It was then sold to Princess Yachts. The site is home to their Carpentry, Metal Fabrication, Wiring Loom Shop as well as various Grp layup shops.

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    List of units at Coypool

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    YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
    normal: Unit no longer at this base
    1971/823 CBASLynx 1982/95
    SA341B Gazelle AH.1 1975/95
    Scout 1970/82
    Sioux 1968/75

    List of aircraft and events at Coypool

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    1972-jul-17 AccidentRN Wasp XT438
    1979-jun-28 RN Wasp XT782
    1979-jul-09 Canadian Armed Forces CH-136 136225
    1979-jul-09 Canadian Armed Forces CH-136 136231
    1982-apr-03 ARWS /X AH.1 XZ338
    1982-jun-03 240 OCU SA330E XW212

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