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  • united kingdom 654 Squadron

    Army Air Corps



    1942 to 2014    




    Reformed during Aug 1958 at Hildesheim, the unit flew Skeeter AOP.12 until at least 1964. Reformed again on 1 Oct 1969 at Herford as part of the centralisation strategy from 24 Flight and the Air Troops of 26 Engineer Regt and 14/20 Kings Hussars.

    Served two five month tours in Northern Ireland between Nov 1974 and Mar 1975, and Jul to Nov 1976. Most of the unit was relocated closer to 4 Regiment HQ in Feb 1977 in preparation for the introduction of 3 Regiment for 31 Dec 1977, with B Flt arriving at Soest in Oct 1977. Four of the unit Lynx were detached at this time to Northern Ireland for a 4 month roulement, operating from Armagh and Enniskillen. It then swapped a Flt with co-located 660 Squadron to become an entirely Scout unit and came under 4 REGT control on 6 Dec 1977. It was renumbered 653 Squadron on 1 Apr 1978.

    In Dec 1990, the unit initially deployed from Germany to Al Jubail for its participation in Operation Desert Storm, eventually returning to Detmold in Mar 1991. It completed a 6 month deployment to Bosnia Herzegovina in Jun 1997, having deployed in Dec 1996. A 2 Gazelle Flt deployed to Pristina between May and Nov 2000 to support NATO peacekeepers in Kosovo.

    Disbanded 10 Jul 2014, reducing 4 REGT to 2 squadrons as part of Army 2020 strategy.


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    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    2010/11AF Camp Bastion OAZI
    2000YU Pristina KosovoBKPR
    1995/14AAC WattishamEGUW
    1990/91SA Al JubailOEJB
    1978/95DE DetmoldEDLJ
    1977/78DE SoestEDLZ
    1977/78Enniskillen St AngeloEGAB
    1976Long Kesh
    1974/75Long Kesh
    1969/77DE Herford
    1958/69DE HildesheimEDVM


    Models

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    YearsModels
    1977/??Lynx
    ??/14WAH-64 Apache
    ??/07SA341B Gazelle AH.1












    654 Squadron List of helicopters

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    C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
    S2/5074 Skeeter 7 1958 XL762 : AOP.12. Appeared at 1958 SBAC Farnborough Air Show, dd AAC Sep 1958. Spent+
    - XL762 : Acquired by Museum of Flight, . Still present 2013.
    S2/5075 Skeeter 7 1958 XL763 : AOP.12 del AAC Sep 1958; 2 Div; 654 Sq; Air Troop 15/19 Hussars; SoC 23 Ma+
    S2/5078 Skeeter 7 1958 XL765 : 651 Sq 2 Feb 1959; trials at Middle Wallop between Jul and Oct 1961; 654 S+
    - XL765 : Saunders Roe, ff 19 Sep 1958
    S2/5086 Skeeter 7 1958 XL770 : 654 Sq; 652 Sq; 15/19 Hussars; soc May 1968
    S2/5094 Skeeter 7 1959 XL809 : AOP.12 Feb 1959 to AAC; 652 Sq; 654 Sq; 22 Flt; 652 Sq; 26 Regt; SoC 12 De+
    - PH-SRE : ex XL809 unk to PH-HOF
    - PH-HOF : ex PH-SRE 03may84 to G-BLIX
    - G-BLIX :
    - XL809 : G-BLIX, to Sywell Oct 1988 in airworthy condition
    : to Bedford area by Oct 2015
    S2/5109 Skeeter 7 1959 XM555 : to 654 Sq by Aug 1959; to 652 Sq by Jun 1964 to c Oct 1965; 5 Flt by late +
    S2/5110 Skeeter 7 1959 XM556 : to 654 Sq Sep 1959
    - XM556 : painted in German colours as SC+117 and exhibited at Gatow museum by May 2+
    S2/5112 Skeeter 7 1959 XM557 : 1 Wing; 652 Sq; 654 Sq; 4 Flt; 652 Sq; 17 Flt; 26 Regt
    - XM557 : held privately at Moordrecht Oct 1969; Holzerlingen, nr Stuttgart; Saxmund+
    : stored at IHM Weston-super-Mare, Jan 2011. Still there Sep 2018.
    S2/7150 Skeeter 7 1960 XN344 : 652 Sq; 654 Sq
    S2/7151 Skeeter 7 1960 XN345 : 1 Wing; 655 Sq; 654 Sq; 17 Flt; 652 Sq; 17 Flt; 26 Regt
    - XN345 : held privately at Moordrecht Oct 1969; Holzerlingen, nr Stuttgart; Saxmund+
    : stored at IHM Weston-super-Mare, Jan 2011. Still there Sep 2018.
    wa589 Sioux 1967 XT827 : Westland built AH.1; del Jul 1967; 654 Sq / D; SoC by 1974
    f.9699 ah.1 1967 XV124 : 654 Sq; 653 Sq; 656 Sq; Wroughton; Middle Wallop; Arborfield; Ipswich; Ta+
    1178 ah.1 1974 XW897 : AAC Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland; 1994 670Sqn./Z; 1996 670Sqn./Z; 1998 6+
    1443 ah.1 XX449 : AAC Gazelle AH1 built by Westland; 2007 654Sqn.
    QinetiQ XX449 : QinetiQ at Boscombe Down
    1454 ah.1 1976 XX453 : AAC Gazelle AH1 built by Westland; 1999 652Sqn.; 2007 654Sqn.
    1484 ah.1 1976 XX460 : 654 Sq by
    011 ah1 1977 XZ171 : AH.7 654 Sq, 4 REGT during Jul 1999
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) XZ171 : AH.1 MoD(PE) Westland by
    038 ah1 1977 XZ177 : AH.7 654 Sq, 4 REGT during Jul 1999
    Royal Marines XZ177 : seen together with XZ182 make a nightstop at Amsterdam Schiphol, Netherla+
    - XZ177 : Gate guardian at Delta Force paint ball, Kegworth Leics by
    075 ah1 1978 XZ187 : 654 Sq; 651 Sq; 655 Sq; 667 Sq; 655 Sq; 667 Sq; 655 Sq; to Fleetlands
    077 ah1 1978 XZ188 : 651 Sq; Lynx Conv Flt; 655 Sq; 665 Sq; 655 Sq; 662 Sq; 654 Sq
    133 ah1 1979 XZ214 : AAC; 1992 type:AH.7 654Sqn.; 2007 type:AH.7 657Sqn.
    139 ah1 1979 XZ217 : AAC; 1991 654Sqn desert c/s
    Westland XZ217 : Noted under construction at Westland factory, Yeovil EGHG
    160 ah1 1980 XZ613 : 654 Sq; 657 Sq; A&AEE; 665 Sq; 655 Sq; Middle Wallop
    178 ah1 1980 XZ643 : AH.7 654 Sq, 4 REGT during Jul 1999
    322 ah7 1986 ZE378 : AH.7 654 Sq, 4 REGT during Jul 1999



    Operations


    DatesOperation
    sep-13jan-14AF Operation Herrick
    jan-12may-12AF Operation Herrick
    sep-10jan-11AF Operation Herrick
    sep-08jan-09AF Operation Herrick
    jul-03nov-03IQ Operation Telic
    may-00nov-00Y2 KFOR (kosovo force)
    15-dec-9617-jun-97BA SFOR (stabilisation force)
    dec-90mar-91IQ Operation Desert Shield/Storm