united kingdom Osprey Quays

Portland, England
United Kingdom

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1.6 44GBPTL Portland Harbour, England
2.1199 off Blacknor Point, England
7.8324 Chickerell, England
16.1 0 Dorchester, England
17.3262 Lyme Bay, Offshore UK
18.3208 c 7nm SW Portland Bill, Offshore UK

1917 to present

50 34 3.36 secs N - 2 26 57.84 secs W
1nm NW of Fortuneswell, Isle of Portland
Elevation: 9 feet

History of this Location

Built in 1917 by the Royal Navy as HMS Serepta within the confines of Portland Harbour. Seaplanes were originally operated from the bases slipways. In 1919, 241 Squadron was disbanded and aviation operations ceased. In 1946, Hoverfly R-4Bs moved in and the bases playing fields were taken over as a landing ground and became the site of the modern heliport, after building work and the main runway completed in early 1959. 815 Squadron flew its 12 Whirlwinds in from RNAS Eglinton on 14 Apr 1959 and RNAS Portland was formally commissioned as HMS Osprey on 24 Apr 1959. The base was gradually improved over the years and it has been the home of the small ships flight Wasp, Wessex and Lynx fleet and at one point, the slipway was used by hovercraft. As the base wound down, Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) moved to Plymouth and the Fleet Target Group moved to RNAS Culdrose. The Royal Navy closed HMS Osprey on 31 Mar 1999.
When HMS Osprey closed on 31 Mar 1999, the RN School of Helicopter Control moved to its new premises at HMS Heron (Yeovilton) and the Fleet Target Group moved to HMS Seahawk (Culdrose) and became 792 Squadron in Nov 2001.
Portland is also famous for having one of the shortest runways (03/21 at 229m) in England. The heliport remained available for the HM Coastguard SAR flight but the service (from CHC Helicopters) ceased on 30 Jun 2017.
On 23 Feb 2015, Lynx HAS.3 XZ250/426 in Black Cats livery and marked HMS Osprey on the nose was installed as a gate guardian in a short ceremony.
From 1 Jul 2017, the Osprey Quays site became owned by HeliOperations. The main runway is almost always used as the aiming point, followed by taxi to the square to the immediate west, through the flood gates.

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List of units at Portland Heliport

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
2017/    HeliOperationsSea King HU.5 2017/   
1995/17Portland DistrictAW139 2008/17
S-61 H-3 1995/08
1990/92700 NASLynx 1990/92
1982/99702 NASLynx 1978/14
1982/99815 NASLynx 1981/17
1974/95772 NASSea King HC.4 1988/95
Wessex 1975/88
Wessex 1974/76
1972/81703 NASWasp 1972/81
1967/74771 NASWessex 1969/79
Whirlwind 1967/70
1964/93829 NASLynx 1986/93
Wessex 1982/84
Wessex 1969/70
Whirlwind 1967/76
Whirlwind 1965/67
Wasp 1964/88
Wessex 1964/70
Whirlwind 1964/66
1964706 NASWasp 1964/75
UH-12E Raven 1964
Wessex 1962/71
1961/64771 NASWasp 1963/64
Wessex 1963
Saro P.531 1961/64
Whirlwind 1961/64
dragonfly 1961/63
S-55 H-19 1961
1959815 NASWhirlwind 1959/60
Whirlwind 1959
Whirlwind 1958/59
1959/83737 NASSea King 1973/75
Wessex 1967/83
Wessex 1962/68
S-55 H-19 1960/61
Whirlwind 1959/62
1958/99FOSTSA365 Dauphin 2 1997/   
1950705 NASdragonfly 1950/53
R-4 Hoverfly 1947/50
1946/47771 NASR-4 Hoverfly 1945/47

List of aircraft and events at Portland Heliport

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By Date | By Serial

1959-mar Fleet Air ArmDragonfly HR.3WG751
1969-jun-24 AccidentFleet Air ArmWaspXS544
1969-jun-24 AccidentFleet Air ArmWaspXV629
1976-feb 737 NASFleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XS119
1977-mar G I AirframeFleet Air ArmWaspXS544
1977-aug-24 Fire DumpRoyal Air ForceWhirlwind HAR.10XP300
1978 Fleet Air ArmWessex HU.5XT480
1978-jul-22 Fleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XP156
1979-jul-22 DumpFleet Air ArmWaspXS476
1979-jul-22 Fleet Air ArmWaspXS537
1979-jul-22 Fleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XP118
1980-jun-17 G I AirframeFleet Air ArmWaspXS537
1982-sep-21 NL Marine LuchtvaartdienstLynx mk27266
1982-sep-21 NL Marine LuchtvaartdienstLynx mk27272
1982-sep-21 NL Marine LuchtvaartdienstLynx mk27273
1985-sep-13 First In Readiness 3Fleet Air ArmWaspXT415
1986-nov-21 Portland DumpFleet Air ArmWaspXT786
1987-aug Fleet Air ArmLynx HAS2XZ690
1987-aug Fleet Air ArmLynx HAS2XZ693
1987-aug Fleet Air ArmLynx HAS2XZ691
1987-aug Fleet Air ArmLynx HAS2XZ233
1987-aug Fleet Air ArmLynx HAS2XZ238
1987-aug Fleet Air ArmLynx HAS2XZ257
1987-aug Fleet Air ArmLynx HAS2XZ731
1987-aug DE MarinefliegerSea King Mk.4189+66
1987-aug Fleet Air ArmWaspXT432
1987-sep-08 Fleet Air ArmLynx HAS3ZD263
1988-may NL Marine LuchtvaartdienstLynx mk27270
1988-may-16 Fleet Air ArmLynx HAS2XZ237
1988-may-16 Fleet Air ArmLynx HAS2XZ695
1988-may-16 Fleet Air ArmSA341C Gazelle HT.2XW864
1988-may-16 Fleet Air ArmSA341C Gazelle HT.2XW857
1988-may-16 Fleet Air ArmSA341C Gazelle HT.2XW884
1988-may-16 Fleet Air ArmSA341C Gazelle HT.2XX431
1988-may-16 Fleet Air ArmSA341C Gazelle HT.2XX446
1988-may-16 Fleet Air ArmSea King HAS.1XV664
1988-may-18 Fleet Air ArmSea King HAS.1XV676
1988-may-26 Army Air CorpsSA341B Gazelle AH.1XW911
1988-jun DE HeeresfliegerCH-53G84+04
1988-jul-04 Fleet Air ArmSea King HC.4ZF120
1988-jul-12 DE HeeresfliegerCH-53G84+35
1988-jul-13 Army Air CorpsA109aZE412
1988-jul-13 Fleet Air ArmLynx HAS3ZD265
1988-jul-13 PID TrialsMcAlpine HelicoptersSA365N Dauphin 2G-BNZY
1988-jul-17 Fleet Air ArmSea King HAS.1XV666
1988-nov-22 Ministry of Defence (MoD)SA341D Gazelle HT.3XZ936
1989-apr Conv HAS.3GMFleet Air ArmLynx HAS3ZD256
1991-mar-14 Fleet Air ArmSea King HAS.1XV708
1991-sep-09 Fleet Air ArmSea King HC.4ZF121
1991-sep-09 Fleet Air ArmSea King HC.4ZF124
1993-jul HAS3S conversionFleet Air ArmLynx HAS3ZD262
1995-sep-28 Sea King HC.4ZG820
1997-dec Fleet Air ArmWaspXT778
1997-dec Fleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XS870
1998-jan-14 Lynx HAS2XZ730 / 304
1998-oct-17 Lynx HAS2XZ695 / 345
1998-oct-17 Lynx HAS2XZ691 / RM-474
1998-oct-17 Lynx HAS3ZD265 / 376
1998-oct-17 S-76BG-BWDO
1998-oct-17 Sea King HC.4ZF120 / K
2003 HM CoastguardS-61N Mk.IIG-BPWB
2012-apr-13 AW139G-SARD
2013-mar Marina gate guardFleet Air ArmLynx HAS2XZ250
2013-jun-25 AW139G-SARD
2015-feb-23 Gate GuardianFleet Air ArmLynx HAS2XZ250
2015-apr-01 Army Air CorpsAS365N3 Dauphin 2ZJ782
2016-jul-20 AW139G-CGIJ
2016-sep-10 HM CoastguardAW139G-CGIJ
2017-sep German Navy SAR pilot trainingDeveloping Assets (UK) LtdSea King HAS.1XV666
2017-sep German Navy SAR pilot trainingDeveloping Assets (UK) LtdSea King HAS.5ZA166
2018-sep-06 VisitingDE MarinefliegerSea King Mk.4189+57

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