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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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


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List of Aircraft for . / 654S / 654 S
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
S2/5074 skeeter 1958 XL762 : AOP.12. Appeared at 1958 SBAC Farnborough Air Show, dd AAC Sep 1958. Spent+
- XL762 : Acquired by Museum of Flight, 1975. Still present 2013.
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 : 15jul10 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 1996
011 ah1 1977 XZ171 : AH.7 654 Sq, 4 REGT during Jul 1999
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XZ171 : AH.1 MoD(PE) Westland by 1985
038 ah1 1977 XZ177 : AH.7 654 Sq, 4 REGT during Jul 1999
Royal Marines XZ177 : 05jan10 seen together with XZ182 make a nightstop at Amsterdam Schiphol, N+
- XZ177 : Gate guardian at Delta Force paint ball, Kegworth Leics by May17
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 12sep79
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


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

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