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  • united kingdom 737 Squadron

    Fleet Air Arm


    737 NAS : 737 Naval Air Squadron

    1943 to 1983    





    Helicopters

    737 Squadron
    Tail Codes
    GN 1949/57
    PO 1962/83
    Formed on 22 Feb 1943 at Dunino as an amphibious Bomber Reconnaissance Training Squadron. It disbanded in Nov 1957. Reformed 28 Aug 1959 as the RN Air Anti-Submarine School at RNAS Portland, from the remains of 815 Squadron with Whirlwind HAR.3s, with HAS.7s arriving a month later. First Wessex HAS.1 delivered 4 Jul 1962 and the Wessex HAS.3 started to arrive in Oct 1967. In Jun 1970, the Squadron became the parent for the Wessex Flights aboard the remaining County Class Destroyers (a role it took over from 829 Squadron), in preparation for 737s Sea King HAS.1s which appeared at the end of Jul 1970. In May 1972 the Squadron also took on responsibility for ASW Operational and Advanced Flying Training and increased its seaborne training work with RFA Engadine. In June 1975, the Sea Kings were handed on to 826 Squadron, at RNAS Culdrose, to allow 737 to focus purely on Wessex HAS.3 training duties. RNAS Portlands longest serving Squadron disbanded on 7 Feb 1983, handing its Wessex HAS.3 on to 772 Squadron.



    1968-1970, I was on 737 HAS squadron and 3 squadrons per based at RNAS Portland. 737 squadron had a compliment of Wessex type 1 and 3 at that time. 826 squadron was based there also, this was the largest squadron in the navy, a WASP front line squadron which included all ship bourn helicopters. 771 squadron was a search and rescue squadron also based at HMS Osprey (RNAS Portland) with various whirlwind marques


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    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    1959/83Portland HeliportEGDP




    Models

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    YearsModels
    1973/75Sea King
    1967/83 Wessex     Wessex HAS.3
    1962/68 Wessex     Wessex HAS.1
    1960/61S-55 H-19
    1959/62Whirlwind




    Operations


    DatesOperation
    14-apr-8226-apr-82 Operation Paraquat
    25-jun-7728-jun-77 Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen
    20-jul-7430-sep-74CY Partition of Cyprus
    jun-70jun-75 Beira Patrol
    15-jun-5315-jun-53 Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet


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