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    Northern Ireland


    01-aug-69    to    31-jul-07





    Military support to the civil power during unrest in Northern Ireland, aka The Troubles.
    All 4 UK armed forces served in Northern Ireland at some point during the The Troubles. The Army bore the brunt of the front line operations and to ensure fresh aircrew were available a roulement system of approx 4 month unit rotations was instigated to follow their assigned ground formations. This was scaled back after 1980, following restructuring of overall support to the Province and the formation of the Northern Ireland Regiment on 1 Nov 1979 coupled with the permanent basing of 655 Sq at Aldergrove.


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    DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
        aug69 to - UK 8 Flight Army Air Corps SA341B Gazelle AH.1
    A109
        21oct70 to 19feb71 UK 653 Squadron Army Air Corps
        17feb72 to 17jun72 UK 651 Squadron Army Air Corps
        20aug72 to 14dec72 UK 653 Squadron Army Air Corps
        30nov72 to 01apr73 UK 651 Squadron Army Air Corps Scout
        31mar73 to 02aug73 UK 659 Squadron Army Air Corps Scout
        15jun73 to 15oct73 UK 660 Squadron Army Air Corps Scout
    Sioux
        27jul73 to 01apr74 UK 651 Squadron Army Air Corps Scout
        15feb74 to 21jun74 UK 659 Squadron Army Air Corps Scout
        17apr74 to 15aug74 UK 653 Squadron Army Air Corps
        28feb75 to 01jul75 UK 659 Squadron Army Air Corps Scout
        15dec75 to 12apr76 UK 653 Squadron Army Air Corps
        12apr76 to 12aug76 UK 659 Squadron Army Air Corps Scout
        12aug76 to 11dec76 UK 651 Squadron Army Air Corps Scout
        12apr77 to 16aug77 UK 659 Squadron Army Air Corps Scout
        oct77 to apr82 UK 845 Squadron Fleet Air Arm Wessex
        12apr78 to 15aug78 UK 651 Squadron Army Air Corps Lynx
    Scout
        12jun78 to 13oct78 UK 653 Squadron Army Air Corps
        13oct78 to 13feb79 UK 659 Squadron Army Air Corps Scout
        12feb80 to 11jun80 UK 651 Squadron Army Air Corps Lynx
        11jun80 to 23oct80 UK 653 Squadron Army Air Corps
        04sep82 to 18jan83 UK 659 Squadron Army Air Corps Scout
        oct93 to mar94 UK 707 Squadron Fleet Air Arm Sea King HC.4
    Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation
    Some of the units could be operating fixed wing aircraft at the time, check every unit for details


    Individual helicopters


    Model IDs
    Boeing-Vertol CH-47C Chinook ZA681    
    Westland Wessex HC.2 XR499     XT607     XT669     XV719    
    Westland Sioux XT502     XW195    
    Westland Sea King HC.4 ZF121    
    Westland Lynx HAS2 XZ735    
    Westland Lynx AH1 XZ606     XZ664     ZD275     ZD276    
    Westland Lynx AH7 ZE380    
    Westland Scout AH.1 XT623     XV132     XV136     XW614    
    Aerospatiale SA341B Gazelle AH.1 XX392     XZ306     XZ307     ZB681     ZB687     ZB690    
    Aerospatiale SA330E Puma XW212     XW214     XW233    
    Boeing CH-47D Chinook ZD576    


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