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203(R) Squadron Royal Air Force

203(R) Squadron
Originally formed as a Royal Naval Air Service unit in Feb 1914, it was numbered 3 Squadron, RNAS on 26 Feb 1915 and redesignated 203 Squadron when the RAF was created on 1 Apr 1918. Associated with the Middle East and East Africa until after World War II, it was disbanded as a Nimrod maritime reconnaisance unit at RAF Luqa (LMML) on 31 Dec 1977. Its association with helicopters began in Oct 1996, when the Sea King Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) at RAF St Mawgan (EGDG) in Cornwall was redesignated 203(R) Squadron as a reserve unit. In early 2004, it flew the Sea King HAR.3A.
203(R) Squadron provided vital, temporary SAR cover for Cyprus from RAF Akrotiri (LCRA) between Jan and Apr 2003, while 84 Squadron was working up with its Griffin HAR.2s in the UK (having by then relinquished its Wessex HC.2s). In anticipation of the RAF St Mawgan hand over to civil operations, 203(R) Squadron started preparations in May 2008 and in Aug 2008 moved its Sea Kings to RAF Valley.
Last OCUs Sea King course graduated on October 8, 2014



1930, based at Basra in Southern Iraq flying Supermarine Southamton Sea Planes Twin engined, wooden hulled, biplane Flying boat. Photgraph of serial number S-1152 moored on the River Euphrates from Derek Payne


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Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2008/14RAF ValleyEGOV
2003CY RAF AkrotiriLCRA
1996/08Newquay / St MawganEGHQ


Models

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YearsModels
1996/14Sea King





203(R) Squadron List of helicopters

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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa 855 har.3 1978 XZ589 : 30aug07 pictured (bot) as /E 203 Sqd(R) at RAF St Mawgan Families Day
wa 859 har.3 1978 XZ593 : RAF;24/25jul99 203Sqn. Fairford air show
: HAR.3 203 Sq by Aug 1999
wa 865 har.3 1978 XZ599 : 02sep04 pictured (pic3) with 203 Sqd at RAF St Mawgan Families Day
Vector Aerospace XZ599 : Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands, noted 01dec15; Stripped of all usable pa+
wa 886 har.3 1980 ZA105 : 08jul12 picture with 203 Sqn at RIAT air show, UK
wa 947 har.3 1985 ZE368 : RAF; 24+25jul99 203Sqn. Fairford air show
: HAR.3 203 Sq by Aug 1999
- ZE368 : 17feb16 sold, gone to Durham
: 10aug16 at mini moo's farm, Edmondsley, Durham. DH7 6EY



Operations


DatesOperation
16-aug-0416-aug-04 Boscastle Flood Disaster




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