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  • united kingdom 18 Squadron

    Royal Air Force

    1915 to present    

    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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    British Helicopters in Swift Response 2022, 19-May-22 : #SwiftResponse 3000 troops from 8 NATO countries taking part of Exercise Swift Response in North Macedonia lead by British 16 Air Assault Brigade with Apache and Chinook helicopters.

    British Joint Helicopter Command in Mali, 13-Nov-20 : #Mali British Tri-Service Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) deployed RAF Chinook heavy lifting helicopters in Mali since 2018 in support of the French-led counter-terrorism operation in the Sahel

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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


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    02-apr-8217-jun-82 Operation Corporate
    31-oct-5606-nov-56EG Operation Musketeer

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