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18 Squadron Royal Air Force

18 Squadron
Formed on 11 May 1915, 18 Squadron saw service in both World Wars. After distinguished service during the Berlin Airlift and a period as V Bomber unit, rotary wing operations commenced in Feb 1964 when it reformed at RAF Odiham, with the Wessex HC.2 in the Army support role. A flight of 3 Wessex supported the UNFICYP Flight between Jan 1965 and Dec 1966 at Nicosia. The unit served in the UK, Germany and Cyprus disbanding in Germany on 30 Nov 1980.

It was reformed in Aug 1981 with Chinook HC.1s and provided an intensive airlift from RNAS Culdrose to the Operation Corporate Task Force, before both went on to serve in the Falkands. A period in Germany followed, which included operation of the Puma HC.1 alongside its Chinooks before returning to RAF Odiham in 1997 and handing its Pumas on to 33 Squadron. 18 Squadron is committed to Joint Helicopter Command.

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HMS Ocean Departs for BALTOPS 2016, 02-Jun-16 : The Royal Navy’s Flagship HMS Ocean (L12) departed Devonport to take part in NATO exercise BALTOPS 2016 in the Baltic Sea with 16 allied and partner nations.


1997/    RAF OdihamEGVO
1992/96DE Laarbruch / NiederrheinEDUL
1991SA King Khaled Air BaseOERY
1991SA Ras-al-Ghar
1983/92DE GüterslohETUO
1982 Old House Creek
1981/83RAF OdihamEGVO
1970/80DE GüterslohETUO
1965/68DE GüterslohETUO
1965/66CY Nicosia (Lefkosia)LCNC
1964/65RAF OdihamEGVO


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1995/    414 - H-47D Chinook
1992/94SA330 Puma
1981/95CH-47C Chinook
1964/80 Wessex     Wessex HC.2


11-sep-17oct-17AI Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations
08-feb-0312-jun-03IQ Operation Telic
06-jan-9115-mar-91IQ Operation Desert Shield/Storm
02-apr-8217-jun-82 Operation Corporate
31-oct-5606-nov-56EG Operation Musketeer

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