Del'd: 27 - 1963 to 1991


Fleet Air Arm (RAN) Wessex

Ordered in Jun 1961, 27 units built as HAS.31 (based on the UK RN HAS.3) with a 1540 shp Gazelle Mk 162 engine, between Sep 1962 and Sep 1963. First served in Anti-Submarine Warfare role and deployed on HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Sydney until decommissioning, then shore based at Nowra, NSW. Upgraded in 1969 to Mk.31B, which included a Ryan AN/APN-97 Doppler Radar with under-fuselage antenna and refitted with the Gazelle 165 engine. Replaced in ASW role by Sea King Mk.50 in 1975. In 1976 most had their ASW equipment removed and they reverted to a general utility role. In 1984 some were used in an Army Support role, while a few others returned to sea deployments operating from HMAS Stalwart and HMAS Tobruk. Most had been withdrawn by 1989. All service ceased by 1991.

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YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1976/84723 Squadron Nowra
1963/76HS-817SG Sembawang
SG Sembawang
1962/75725 SquadronNowra

List of Aircraft

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wa200 has.31 1962     N7-200: Westland Wessex HAS.31, c/n WA200, f/f 09/08/62; del RAN as +
wa201 has.31 1962     N7-201: Westland Wessex HAS.31A, c/n WA201, f/f:14/08/62; del RAN as+
wa202 has.31 1962     N7-202: Westland Wessex HAS.31A, c/n WA202, f/f:31/08/62; del RAN as+
- N7-202: to Darwin Aviation Museum as one of the founding exhibi+
wa203 has.31 1962     N7-203: Westland Wessex HAS.31A, c/n WA203, f/f:26/09/62; del RAN as+
wa204 has.31 1962     N7-204: Westland Wessex HAS.31A, c/n WA204, f/f:22/10/62; del RAN as+
wa205 has.31 1962     N7-205: Westland Wessex HAS.31, c/n WA205, f/f 26/10/62; del RAN as +
wa206 has.31 1962     N7-206: Westland Wessex HAS.31A, c/n WA206, f/f:15/11/62; del RAN as+
wa207 has.31 1962     N7-207: Westland Wessex HAS.31A, c/n WA207, f/f:20/11/62; del RAN as+
wa208 has.31 1962     N7-208: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA208, f/f:28/11/62; del RAN as +
wa209 has.31 1962     N7-209: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA209, f/f:15/12/62, del RAN as +
wa210 has.31 1962     N7-210: Westland Wessex Mk.31, c/n WA210, f/f:20/12/62, del RAN as 8+
wa211 has.31 1963     N7-211: Westland Wessex Mk.31A f/f 14jan63; RAN d/d 02dec63 as N7-2+
wa212 has.31 1963     N7-212: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA212, f/f:18/01/63; del RAN as +
- N7-212: preserved at Richard Winterburn aircraft museum at Heat+
wa213 has.31 1963     N7-213: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA213, f/f:18/02/63; del RAN as +
wa214 has.31 1963     N7-214: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA214, f/f:18/02/63; de; RAN as+
- N7-214: Nov17 at Caboolture, QLD stored outside
wa215 has.31 1963     N7-215: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA215, f/f:07/03/63; del RAN as +
wa216 has.31 1963     N7-216: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA216, f/f:14/03/63; del RAN as +
wa217 has.31 1963     N7-217: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA217, f/f:08/04/63; del RAN as +
wa218 has.31 1963     N7-218: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA218, f/f:09/04/63; del RAN as +
wa219 has.31 1963     N7-219: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA219, f/f:24/04/63; del RAN as +
- N7-219: at Dubbo Military Museum, until collection auctioned of+
wa220 has.31 1963     N7-220: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA220, f/f:09/05/63; del RAN as +
wa221 has.31 1963     N7-221: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA221, f/f:23/05/63; del RAN as +
- N7-221: to Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra in Navy colours as N7-22+
wa222 has.31 1963     N7-222: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA222, f/f:21/06/63; del RAN as +
wa223 has.31 1963     N7-223: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA223, f/f:22/07/63; del RAN as +
wa224 has.31 1963     N7-224: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA224, f/f:06/08/63; del RAN as +
wa225 has.31 1963     N7-225: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA225, f/f:13/08/63; del RAN as +
wa226 has.31 1963     N7-226: Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA226, f/f:16/08/63; del RAN as +

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