united kingdom Lee-on-Solent

Lee-on-Solent, England
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3.0 47EGVF Fleetlands, England
3.0128 Gosport, England
3.1117 HMS Sultan, England
4.7154 Stokes Bay, England
4.8 88 Fareham Creek, England
6.7 98 HMNB Portsmouth, England

1917 to present

50 49 N - 1 12 W
3nm WNW of Gosport, Hampshire
Elevation: 32 feet

Opened in July 1917 as a seaplane base with a slipway into The Solent, conveniently situated close to the Naval Base at Portsmouth. The base gradually expanded around the slipway to support the fleet deployed flights and as a home for fixed wing landplanes. From an early RAF presence in 1918, in 1932 it became a Coastal Area HQ and developed further inland and opened as a fully fledged airfield in Oct 1934. In the rearmament imperative leading to World War 2, more hangars were built in 1938 and a perimeter track laid out by 1939. In May 1939, control was passed to the Navy and it was commissioned as HMS Daedalus. By 1942, the newly laid runways were already becoming inadequate for the higher performance and larger aircraft using the base and in 1943 they were extended and further hangarge provided.
As the nearby towns of Lee, Gosport and Stubbington expanded, they swallowed up potential expansion land that might have been used to support post-war fast jet operations and following the 1953 Coronation Fleet Review the base essentially stagnated. A new life was breathed in, in 1955 when RNAS Gosport closed and its helicopters transfered down the road to Lee. It continued to be home to the RN Southern Communications Squadron (781 NAS) and it has hosted various support units such as the Accident Investigation Unit (AIU) and Air Engineering School (AES).
The old slipway was key to locating the unique Interservice Hovercraft Trials Unit at Lee in 1962 and it continued its evaluations until around 1977.
In June 1977 it also hosted the air component for the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review. Flag Officer Naval Air Command (FONAC) moved to RNAS Yeovilton and 781 Squadron disbanded in the early 1980s and routine naval flying ceased in 1993. In Dec 1995 the AES moved to Gosport (HMS Sultan) and on 29 Mar 1996 the naval establishment closed and the base was declared surplus to requirements.
Old ICAO code EGUS
Search and Rescue operations began here in 1973 and continue under a civilian contract to the HM Coastguard. The Hampshire Police Air Support Unit moved here in 1985 and gliding continues from the base, although formally the airfield is disused.

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List of units at Lee-on-Solent

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1988/    Solent DistrictAW189 2017/   
AW139 2008/17
S-61 H-3 1988/08
1988202 SquadronSea King 1978/15
1957/96NATIULynx 1976/96
Wessex 1961/82
1957/58701 NASWhirlwind 1958
Whirlwind 1957/58
dragonfly 1957/58
S-55 H-19 1957/58
Whirlwind 1957/58
1957700 NASWhirlwind 1957
1956/58845 NASWhirlwind 1957/59
Whirlwind 1955/57
S-55 H-19 1955/57
1955/56845 NASWhirlwind 1955/57
S-55 H-19 1955/57
S-55 H-19 1954/55
1955845 NASWhirlwind 1955/57
S-55 H-19 1955/57
S-55 H-19 1954/55
1955/58705 NASdragonfly 1957/62
Whirlwind 1955/66
Whirlwind 1954/60
UH-12B HTE-2 1953/63
S-55 H-19 1953/56
dragonfly 1952/60
1947/48771 NASR-4 Hoverfly 1945/47
1943/45829 NAS
1940/81781 NASWessex 1969/81
Whirlwind 1961/65
S-55 H-19 1959/70

News about this location

AW189 Enters HM Coastguard Service, 31-Mar-17 : HM Coastguard helicopter base in Lee-On-Solent has started flying the AW189 helicopter for SAR operations. Operated by Bristow, bases Prestwick, St Athan, Lydd and Inverness will follow

Coast Guard Solent District Received AW189, 03-Jan-17 : HM Coastguard first of two new AW189 helicopters for the Lee-on-Solent base. Will replace the current AW139 from April 2017


04-jun-9405-jun-94D-Day 50th Anniversary Flypast
07-jul-7212-jul-726th International Helicopter SAR Competition

List of aircraft and events at Lee-on-Solent

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1956-nov HR.5 conversionFleet Air ArmDragonfly HR.1VZ965
1963-jun-26 G I AirframeFleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XP107
1965-jul-31 Wessex HU.5XS521
1965-jul-31 Wessex HU.5XT450
1970-apr Fleet Air ArmWhirlwind HAR.3XJ399
1972-jul DE MarinefliegerH-34G III80+98
1972-jul DE MarinefliegerH-34G III80+84
1972-jul BE Force Aérienne BelgeHSS-1 SeabatB4
1972-jul BE Force Aérienne BelgeHSS-1 SeabatB5
1972-jul DK FlyvevåbnetS-61A-1U-275
1972-jul DK FlyvevåbnetS-61A-1U-280
1972-jul FR Aéronautique NavaleSA321G Super Frelon120
1972-jul NL Koninklijke LuchtmachtSE3160 / SA316A Alouette IIIH-75
1972-jul Fleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XM326
1972-jul Fleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XS888
1972-jul-11 IT Aeronautica Militare ItalianaAB204BMM80331
1972-jul-12 S-61A-1U-275
1972-jul-29 Whirlwind HAR.1XA870
1977-jul-23 Wessex HU.5XS523 / LS-810
1979-apr-02 Air Engineering School (AES)Fleet Air ArmWaspXS569
1979-may-04 Fleet Air ArmWaspXS463
1979-jul-21 US US Air ForceHH-53C69-5796
1979-jul-21 Fleet Air ArmWessex HU.5XS496
1979-jul-21 Fleet Air ArmWessex HU.5XS523
1979-jul-21 Fleet Air ArmWessex HU.5XT772
1980-feb Fleet Air ArmWessex HU.5XT767
1980-sep-09 RNAS Lee-on-SolentFleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XS870
1982-jul-17 Fleet Air ArmWaspXS541
1982-nov AESFleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XS119
1983-jul-16 SA341C Gazelle HT.2XW884 / CU-41
1983-jul-16 WaspXT434 / 600
1984-jun Fleet Air ArmWessex HU.5XS510
1985-apr G I AirframeFleet Air ArmWaspXS538
1986 G I AirframeFleet Air ArmSea King HAS.1XV644
1986-oct AESFleet Air ArmWessex HU.5XT460
1988-mar-23 AESFleet Air ArmWaspXT778
1988-jul-12 Fleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XM874
1988-sep Fleet Air ArmWessex HU.5XS514
1988-sep Fleet Air ArmWessex HU.5XS508
1988-sep-27 Fleet Air ArmWessex HU.5XT482
1988-sep-27 Fleet Air ArmWessex HU.5XT453
1988-sep-27 Fleet Air ArmWessex HU.5XT455
1988-sep-28 Royal Air ForceSA341D Gazelle HT.3ZA803
1988-sep-28 Fleet Air ArmSea King HC.4ZA292
1988-sep-29 Air Engineering SchoolFleet Air ArmWaspXT429
1991-apr WestlandLynxXW837
1991-jun-25 BDRTFleet Air ArmWessex HU.5XT460
1992-jan-27 Ministry of Defence (MoD)S-61LXV370
1992-jul-11 Sea King HAS.1XV671 / CU-181
1992-jul-11 Wessex HU.5XT458 / 622
1994-jun-04 D-Day 50th flypastUS US Marine CorpsAH-1J Sea Cobra160107
1994-jun-04 D-Day 50th Anniversary FlypastUS US NavyCH-53E Super Stallion161538
1994-jun-04 D-Day 50th Anniversary FlypastUS US NavyCH-53E Super Stallion161542
1994-jun-04 D-Day 50th Anniversary FlypastFleet Air ArmLynx HAS2XZ698
1994-jun-04 US US NavySH-60B Seahawk162342
1994-jun-04 US US Marine CorpsUH-1N160444
1994-jun-06 Lynx HAS2XX510 / LS-69
1994-jun-06 RNAS Lee-on-SolentUS US NavySH-60B Seahawk163595
2005-jun-27 Lynx HAS2XZ698 / 348
2005-jul-16 S-61N Mk.IIG-BDIJ
2005-jul-16 S-61N Mk.IIG-BBVA
2008-mar-01 AW139G-CGIJ
2009-aug-11 AW139G-CGIJ
2012-may Atlas Helicopters206L-3 Long RangerG-VVBO
2012-may Atlas HelicoptersAS355F Ecureuil 2G-OHCP
2012-sep HM CoastguardAW139G-SARD
2013-jul-20 Atlas HelicoptersA109E PowerG-HCFC
2014-aug HM CoastguardAW139G-SARD
2014-oct WaspXT780
2015-jan HM CoastguardAW139G-CGIJ

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