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  • united kingdom 1310 (Tactical Support) Flight

    Royal Air Force


    1310 Flt :

    1944 to present    





    Helicopters

    Short-life transport unit between Apr and Jul 1944.  It reformed at RAF Lyneham at the end of Mar 1953 and headed for Australia, again as a transport unit. It disbanded there in Dec 1953.
    A third incarnation between Jul 1964 and Oct 1966, saw 1310 Flight reform at RAF Odiham and transfer to equatorial South America, relieving HMS Devonshires Wessex in theatre. During Aug 1964, 2 of its 3 Whirlwinds deployed to Atkinson Field and the third arrived in Oct. The Flight was present during the General Election of Dec 1964, a Royal visit in Feb 1966 and the Independence Day celebrations on 26 May 1966 and remained until its Whirlwinds were flown back to RAF Fairford on 7 Oct 1966, one week prior to the unit disbanding again.
    In the aftermath of the Falklands conflict, the unit was again reformed at Kelly's Garden (near Port San Carlos) in Aug 1983 by assigning Chinook HC.1s from 7 and 18 Squadrons.  It amalgamated with the Sea King HAR.3s from 1564 Flight on 1 May 1986 to become 78 Squadron.
    In Dec 1995, 1310 Flight reformed at Splyt in Bosnia with the Chinook HC.2, as part of a local tri-service British Force under NATO command, together with 845 Squadron's  Sea King HC.4s and the Army's 31 Signals Regiment.  1310 (Tactical Support) Flight's Chinook HC.2s have served since 2004 at Basrah in eastern Iraq, until Apr 2005, when it was replaced in theatre by 1419 Flight.
    After moving from Kandahar in Nov 2014, the unit operated from Kabul until Apr 2015.

    The unit deployed to Gao in Mali in Jul 2018, to assist the French in their Operation Barkhane.


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    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    2018/    ML GaoGAGO
    2014/15AF Kabul InternationalOAKB
    2006/14AF KandaharOAKN
    2004/05IQ Basrah International AirportORMM
    1995/04BA Banja LukaLQBK
    1995/00HR Divulje Barracks Helipad
    1983/86 Port San Carlos
    1964/66GY Timehri AirportSYCJ
    1964RAF OdihamEGVO


    Models

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    YearsModels
    1995/    414 - H-47D Chinook
    1983/86CH-47C Chinook
    1964/66 Whirlwind     Whirlwind HAR.10










    Operations


    DatesOperation
    jul-18ML Operation Newcombe
    apr-06dec-14AF Operation Herrick
    dec-96jan-00BA SFOR (stabilisation force)
    dec-95dec-96BA IFOR (implementation force)
    aug-64aug-64GY Operation White Horse