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Fleet Air Arm


706 NAS : 706 Naval Air Squadron

1953 to 1998    





Helicopters

Tail Codes
CU 1962/98
706 Squadron
Formed Mar 1945 as fixed wing unit in support of the Pacific Fleet, until May 1946. Re-formed with US built Whirlwind HAS.22s, with the US AN/AQS4 dunking sonar at RNAS Gosport (but administratively attached to 705 Squadron at Lee-on-Solent). Commissioned 7 Sep 1953 as 706 Squadron and also operated 2 Hiller HT.1s until Oct 1953 when it moved initially to Sydenham (EGAC) and then to RNAS Eglinton (EGAE) for submarine trials in Feb 1954, from time to time on HMS Perseus. Disbanded and 8 a/c to 845 Squadron on 1 Mar 1954.

Reformed Jan 1962 at RNAS Culdrose for advanced training of Wessex HAS.1 crews. B Flt formed at RNAS Culdrose on 7 Jan 1964 with 6 Wessex HAS.1 and 3 Hiller HT.2 for trials on HMS Bulwark in Commando assault role but all of 706 B Flt was incorporated into 845 Squadron as soon as it arrived in the Far East. Also received 2 Wasps in Nov 1964 for advanced flying training. Exchanged its Wessex HAS.1 for Wessex HAS.3s between 1967/68. Received its Sea King HAS.1s in Jan 1970 for Advanced Flying Training for pilots, observers and aircrewmen. Wasp training responsibility transferred to 703 Squadron in Feb 1975.

On 1 Apr 1975, the unit formally assumed the Civilian SAR commitment. It was the administrative host for the RAF Sea King Training Unit from Feb 1978 until that became an autonomous RAF unit in Apr 1993. It also parented RFA Fort Grange Ships Flt from Feb until Dec 1978. Sea King Operational Flying Training resumed in Feb 1979 which brought the establishment up to 13 airframes, with sea training conducted from RFA Engadine. 706 Squadron disbanded in Feb 1998 at RNAS Culdrose.

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Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1964PortlandEGDP
1962/98RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1953/54Eglinton / LondonderryEGAE
1953/54Belfast City / SydenhamEGAC
1953Gosport

Models

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YearsModels
1992/98 Sea King     Sea King HAS.6
1981/98 Sea King     Sea King HAS.5
1978/90 Sea King     Sea King HAS.2
1970/78 Sea King     Sea King HAS.1
1967/70 Wessex     Wessex HAS.3
1964UH-12E Raven
1964/75Wasp
1962/71 Wessex     Wessex HAS.1
1953/54 S-55 H-19     Whirlwind HAS.22
1953UH-12B HTE-2

Operations


DatesOperation
28-aug-9831-aug-98 International Festival of Sea
05-jun-9405-jun-94 D-Day 50th Anniversary Flypast
13-aug-7914-aug-79IE Rescue from Fastnet Yacht Race
25-jun-7728-jun-77 Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen
16-jan-7416-jan-74 Rescue from ss Merc Enterprise

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