1950 to 2011

australia 817 Squadron

Fleet Air Arm (RAN)

817 Naval Air Squadron

817 Squadron Fleet Air Arm (RAN)

817 Squadron
Reformed 25 Aug 1950 at St.Merryn (also known as HMS Vulture) in Cornwall, UK as part of 21 Carrier Air Group and moved to Nowra (YSNW) in Aug and served in Korea. Disbanded Apr 1955. Reformed Aug 1955 with Gannets from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall, UK until Feb 1956 moving to Nowra. Disbanded Aug 1958. Reformed at Nowra Jul 1963 with Wessex 31 and embarked on HMAS Melbourne (R21, became 21). Reformed with Sea Kings on 2 Feb 1976.
HS817s Sea Kings used the call sign Shark followed by the last two of their side number. Side number 902 = Shark 02.
First unit to land a helicopter on the newly installed flight deck of HMAS Jervis Bay on 1 Jun 1987.

Stationed a Sea King Mk50A Flight on HMAS Kanimbla during Operation Falconer for the Arabian Gulf from Jan 2003. Shark (9)07 set a Squadron record by flying more hours in March 2003 than the rest of HS-817 combined.

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Sea Kings and 817 Squadron make their Final Flight

Sea Kings and 817 Squadron make their Final Flight

15-Dec-11 - Residents of Sydney, Canberra and the Shoalhaven had their last chance to see the Royal Australian Navy’s Sea King helicopters in the air today as they said farewell to the nation with a formation flypast.


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Years Models
1976/11 Sea King
1963/76 Wessex

  817 Squadron Operations

Dates Operation
1986-oct-041986-oct-05 Fleet Review: 75th anniversary of RAN
1977-jun-251977-jun-28 UK Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen
1974-dec1975-jan Cyclone Tracy relief operations
1953-jun-151953-jun-15 UK Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet

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