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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.


Units

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DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
    aug69 to - UK 8 Flight Army Air Corps SA341B Gazelle AH.1
A109 Hirundo
    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 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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