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854 NAS : 854 naval air squadron

1944 to 2014    

854 squadron
Although the crews and staff were mustered by the end of 1943, the unit did not officially form with Avenger IIs as an anti-shipping squadron until 1 Jan 1944 at Squantum in the USA. After a short period of operations over the English Channel prior to D-Day, and about a year in the Far East, the unit left its Avenger IIIs behind, sailed for the UK and disbanded on 8 Dec 1945.
The unit reformed with the Sea King ASaC.7 on 13 Dec 2006 at RNAS Culdrose from 849 Squadron, A Flight.
In May 2009, 854 NAS deployed 3 Sea King ASaC.7 airframes and four crews plus engineering and administrative support to Afghanistan. This was followed by a Nov 2010 deployment to Afghanistan, being relieved by 857 NAS in Mar 2012 and returned to Culdrose. Took part in the security operation for London 2012 Olympics between mid Jul and mid Sep, detaching to RAF Northolt.
Disbanded in Dec 2014 to become Normandy Flight of 849 Squadron.

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Royal Navy Sea Kings 5 years in Afghan skies, 04-Jun-14 : UK Forces have been deployed in Afghanistan since 2002 under Operation Herrick pushing back the Taliban and preventing them from using the country as a base for terrorism

ASaCs 854NAS join aerial shield for Olympics, 13-Jul-12 : Navy Sea Kings today flew into London as the military ring of steel for the Olympics tightened a fortnight before the Games begin.


2012/14RNAS CuldroseEGDR
2012RAF NortholtEGWU
2010/12AF Camp BastionOAZI
2006/10RNAS CuldroseEGDR


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2006/14Sea King ASaC.7

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List of Aircraft for . / 854Sq / 854 Sq / 854NAS / 854 NAS
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa 637 has.1 1969 XV649 : Conv to ASaC.7, 849Sq HQ Flt/180-CU by Jul 2003; still Sep 2004; 854Sq/180+
wa 644 has.1 1969 XV656 : 854Sq /85 by Jul 2009; 857Sq /85 by Oct 2009
wa 652 has.1 1970 XV664 : 854Sq /90 by Jul 2009; 857Sq /90 by Oct 2009
wa 660 has.1 1970 XV672 : 854 NAS/187 by Oct 2012, embarked on HMS Illustrious for her Cougar 12 dep+
wa 685 has.1 1972 XV714 : Nov13 with 854 NAS on Ops
: Apr14 as 854 NAS /88 in Bastion, Afghanistan
wa 945 has.5 1985 ZD636 : ASaC.7 857Sq by Aug 2009; 854Sq /82 by Sep 2009
wa 961 has.5 1986 ZE422 : ASaC.7; 854Sq /92 by Jul 2009; 857Sq /92 by Oct 2009


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