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  • united kingdom 202 Squadron

    Royal Air Force




    Part of Defence Helicopter Flying School UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)



    1914 to present    






    202 Squadron
    Originally formed as 2 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) on 17 Oct 1914, it was redesignated 202 Squadron on 1 Apr 1918 when the RAF was created. It has variously been a specialist bombing, flying boat and weather reconnaisance unit during its service life.

    Rotary wing operations began on 29 Aug 1964 when it was reformed from 228 Squadron, and took over its Whirlwind HAR.10 in the SAR role at RAF Leconfield. Various detachments have been made around Britains coast and after the Sea King HAR.3 was introduced in Jul 1978, the Whirlwinds were retired in Nov 1979. The Wessex HC.2 was issued in Nov 1982. In early 2004, 202 Squadron provided SAR services from A Flt at RAF Boulmer (EGQM), D Flt at RAF Lossiemouth (EGQS) and E Flt at RAF Leconfield (EGXV) with Sea King HAR.3As.
    D and E Flt were relieved of their SAR responsibilities on 31 Mar 2015, when the service was assumed by Bristow from the MCA Inverness and MCA Humberside bases (respectively), the next day.
    Reformed from SARTU as 202 (R) Squadron in Apr 2016 to provide basic SAR training for DHFS.
    On March 2018 designated as the maritime and mountains training Squadron of the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) and re-equipped with the Jupiter HT1 (Airbus H145)


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    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    2016/    RAF ValleyEGOV
    1988/15RAF LeconfieldEGXV
    1988/94Kent International / ManstonEGMH
    1988Lee-on-SolentEGHF
    1985/88RAF ColtishallEGYC
    1979/94BrawdyEGDA
    1976/82RAF ColtishallEGYC
    1975/15RAF BoulmerEGQM
    1972/15RAF LossiemouthEGQS
    1964/79RAF LeconfieldEGXV
    1964/76RAF LeucharsEGQL
    1964/76OustonEGQO
    1964/73RAF ColtishallEGYC
    1964/72Acklington
    Thorney IslandEGYT


    Models

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    YearsModels
    2018/    Ministry of Defence (MoD) H145 / EC145T2
    2016/    412
    1982/83Wessex
    1978/15Sea King
    1964/81Whirlwind














    Operations


    DatesOperation
    18-aug-0418-aug-04 Glen Ogle (A85) landslide
    18-dec-9119-dec-91 Rescue from fishing ship Kartli
    02-apr-8217-jun-82 Operation Corporate
    07-jul-7212-jul-72 6th International Helicopter SAR Competition


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