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847NAS : 847 naval air squadron

1943 to present    





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847 squadron
Formed in Jun 1943 as a torpedo bomber squadron of the Fleet Air Arm at RNAS Lee-on-Solent, it was absorbed into 810 Squadron while serving in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in Jun 1944. It reformed and disbanded again during the late 1950s, flying Gannets during the Cyprus emergencies.
Its long association with rotary wing aviation and the Royal Marines began in May 1963 when it reformed from part of 848 Squadron at RNAS Culdrose with Whirlwind HAS.7s as the third Commando squadron. After a brief work up it embarked B Flight on HMS Bulwark (R08), deploying to the Far East for trials before returning to the UK and disbanding again in Dec 1964, when the units role was taken over by 707 NAS.

Reformed at Sembawang on 14 Mar 1969 with 10 Wessex HU.5 from 848 Sq, when that unit split. Provided life-saving aid during major flood relief operations (see Operations, below). Stood down again in mid May 1971 and returned its airframes to 848 Sq.
The period between May 1971 and Aug 1995 was spent with the unit known as 3 Commando Brigade Air Squadron (3CBAS qv), although an 847 Squadron did reform at RNAS Culdrose briefly during the Falklands War, seeing service at Port San Carlos and later at Port Stanley before disbanding again in Sep 1982.
When it reformed on 1 Sep 1995 from 3CBAS at RNAS Yeovilton, there was a fundamental change in role (to tactical support of ground forces) and operating practice. The Royal Marines Commando still supplies the aircrew, but instead of the Royal Navy, the airframes now wear ROYAL MARINES titles, supplied from a pool of the Army Air Corps. Maintenance is performed by the Army's Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME).
The 6 unarmed Gazelle AH.1 (forming A Flight), were retired on 12 May 2005 in a ceremony at RNAS Yeovilton.
847 NAS deployed to Iraq from Oct 2007, returning to Yeovilton in Feb 2008. It deployed to Afghanistan for its 3rd tour between Sep 2008 and Mar 2009 with Lynx AH.7. The AH.7 was retired in Jul 2012 (ZD282 being its last example) for the more powerful Lynx AH.9A. The unit deployed for its 4th Afghanistan tour in Jan 2013, returning via RAF Brize Norton on 22 May.
By Sep 2013, 847 NAS had retired its Lynx and was working up with AW159 Wildcat AH.1
In Feb 2018, a detachment of 2 Wildcat joined the Marine Nationale aboard FS Dixmude for a 5 month Pacific Ocean deployment.



Just a point in your history 847 sqdn was formed in RNAS Yeovilton, 707 sqdn was split in half to form 847 and 848, experianced personnel from 845 joined the two sqdns to bolster the front line experiance.

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News of 847 squadron


AW159 Demonstration in Malaysia, 17-Apr-18 : Two Royal Navy 847 NAS’ AW159 Wildcats embarked in the French Navy FS Dixmude assault carrier for a 5 month deployment took part of a demonstration to the Malaysian Armed Forces at Lumut naval base

Wildcat Embark on French Ship for Pacific Deployment, 27-Feb-18 : Two Royal Navy Wildcats from 847 Naval Air Squadron will deploy for 5 months aboard the French Navy s assault carrier Dixmude to the Pacific in her premiere annual amphibious Exercise Jeanne d Arc

Wildcats for the First Time in Arctic Training, 10-Mar-16 : Royal Marines 847 Naval Air Squadron new Wildcats AH.1 helicopters, part of Commando Helicopter Force, spent six weeks in Norway for the first time in arctic conditions

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Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2013AF Camp BastionOAZI
2008/09AF Camp BastionOAZI
2007/08IQ Basrah International AirportORMM
2006IQ Basrah International AirportORMM
1995/    RNAS YeoviltonEGDY
1982RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1982 Port StanleySFAL
1982 Navy Point
1971MY Kuantan / Sultan Ahmad Shah AirportWMKD
1970/71SG SembawangWSAG
1970HK Kai TakVHKT
1969SG SembawangWSAG
1964SG SembawangWSAG
1963/64RNAS CuldroseEGDR

Models

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YearsModels
2013/    AW159 Wildcat AH1
2012/13 Lynx     Lynx AH9A
1995/12 Lynx     Lynx AH7
1995/05SA341B Gazelle AH.1
1982Wessex
1969/71Wessex
1964UH-12E Raven
1963/64Whirlwind







Operations


DatesOperation
22-sep-17oct-17AI Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations
03-oct-1506-nov-15ES Exercise Trident Juncture 2015
jan-13may-13AF Operation Herrick
oct-11oct-11 Staff College Sea Days 2011
jan-11may-11AF Operation Herrick
sep-08mar-09AF Operation Herrick
nov-07feb-08IQ Operation Telic
11-sep-0622-nov-06SL Operation Vela (Green Eagle)
jan-06jun-06IQ Operation Telic
16-jan-0328-may-03IQ Operation Telic
nov-00may-01Y2 KFOR (kosovo force)
may-00jun-00SL Operation Palliser
oct-98nov-98HN Operation Tellar
07-may-8226-sep-82 Operation Corporate
06-jan-7116-jan-71MY Operation Epigram
nov-70dec-70BD Operation Burlap

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