First formed as trials Squadron (with A and B flights) in 1938. A Flight eventually reformed as 772 Squadron on 6 Sep 1974 at RNAS Portland, from 6 Wessex HAS.1 left behind by 771 Squadron
, which had just moved to RNAS Culdrose
. The Wessex 1 was replaced by the Wessex 5 between Feb 1975 and Sep 1976 in the SAR role. Parenting the Fleet Tanker Wessex Flights became a 772 Squadron responsibility on 9 Sep 1976, with A Flt aboard RFA Resource
, B Flt aboard RFA Olmeda
and C Flt on RFA Regent
. In Feb 1983, it gained the Wessex HAS.3 from 737 Squadron
and the Lee-on-Solent
SAR Flight was formed from C Flt of 772 Squadron. The Wessex HU.5s were replaced by Sea King HC.4s (as the Commando is known in RN service) in Mar 1988. It disbanded on 30 Sep 1995, after serving 21 years at RNAS Portland.