australia 723 squadron

Fleet Air Arm (RAN)



1952 to 2017    





723 squadron
The squadrons primary role is Pilot, Observer and Aircrew training through the Pilot Basic Rotary Course (PBRC), Pilot Advanced Rotary Course (PARC), Observer Basic Rotary Course (OBRC) and Aircrew Basic Rotary Course (ABRC)
Formed on 7 Apr 1952 with an eclectic mix of fixed wing types, as the RAN Anti-Submarine School. Received the first 3 RAN helicopters (the Bristol Sycamore) on 11 Mar 1953 and worked until decommissioning on 25 Oct 1956. Re-commissioned on 18 Feb 1957 with 5 Sycamores and 4 fixed wing aircraft, which were transferred to 724 Squadron in Nov 1961, leaving 723 Squadron as an all rotary wing unit. 2 Scouts arrived for Survey Support work in April 1962 and 6 UH-1B Iroquois arrived in May 1964 to eventually replace the Sycamores, which were finally withdrawn in June 1965. In 1969, it was restyled HT-723, in common with US Navy practice. The Hueys formed the core of the aircrew training for RANs Viet-Nam commitment. In 1973 both Scouts were replaced by 3 CAC Kiowa. When 725 Squadron decommissioned, 4 Wessex 31Bs arrived for Utility Support work. 6 more Wessex arrived in 1979 for use in the Army Support role. All 10 Wessex departed for 816 Squadron in 1984, being replaced by 6 AS350B Squirrels. In Aug 2000, the remaining 3 Kiowas on charge were transferred to Australian Army Aviation.
Final flight of all 6 Squirrels took place on 1 Nov, prior to the unit decommissioning on 1 Dec 2017.

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News about this Rotary Wing Unit :

RAN Bell 429 Visited Children Cancer Charity, 24-Apr-15 : Royal Australian Navy Bell 429 from 723 Squadron visited Camp Quality Childrens Family Cancer Charity

HMAS Anzac To Northern Trident 2015, 12-Apr-15 : On its way to Anzac Cove and beyond, the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Anzac has kept itself busy with daily flying operations using the ship’s embarked AS350BA Squirrel helicopter.

Bell 429 Selected by Royal Australian Navy, 19-Sep-11 : Raytheon Australia orders 3 Bell 429 for Royal Australian Navy training


Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1957/17NowraYSNW
1953/56NowraYSNW

Models Login to Edit

YearsModels
2012/now429
2007/11AW109E Power
1984/17as350 ecureuil
1976/84wessex
1973/00ca-32 kiowa
1964/89204
1962/73scout
1953/64sycamore

Construction Numbers for 723 Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
44505 ca-32 kiowa N17-005 : 723 Sq, RAN; Transferred to Australian Army as A17-005
Australian Army A17-005 : type: Commonwealth CA-32 Kiowa
44506 ca-32 kiowa N17-006 : 723 Sq /896 until 2000; Transferred to Australian Army as A17-006
Australian Army A17-006 : type: Commonwealth CA-32 Kiowa
44513 ca-32 kiowa N17-013 : 723 Sq /892 until 2000; Transferred to Australian Army as A17-013
Australian Army A17-013 : type: Commonwealth CA-32 Kiowa
44531 ca-32 kiowa N17-031 : 723 Sq /031 until 2000; Transferred to Australian Army as A17-031
Australian Army A17-031 : type: Commonwealth CA-32 Kiowa
44532 ca-32 kiowa N17-032 : 723 Sq until 2000; Transferred to Australian Army as A17-032
Australian Army A17-032 : type: Commonwealth CA-32 Kiowa
45549 ca-32 kiowa N17-049 : 723Sq /890 until 2000; Transferred to Australian Army
Australian Army A17-049 : ex Navy N17-049.
1727 as350b N22-001 : 1Nov17 - 723 Sq / 801, flew in last all unit Squrrel flypast on 1 Nov 2017
Royal Australian Air Force A22-001 : RAAF d/d 28feb84. xfer RAN oct00 as N22-001
1726 as350b N22-013 : RAN 860. d/d 30nov83. 723 Sqd. Served aboard HMAS Sydney 1990 Gulf War
1738 as350b N22-014 : RAN 861. 01mar84. 723 Sqd. Served aboard HMAS Darwin 1990 Gulf War
1739 as350b N22-015 : RAN 862. d/d 02mar84. 723 Sqd. Served aboard HMAS Adelaide 1990 Gulf War
1740 as350b N22-016 : RAN 863. d/d 09mar84. 723 Sqd
1755 as350b N22-017 : RAN 864. d/d 24mar84. 723 Sqd. Served aboard HMAS Success 1990 Gulf War
: Oct06 723Sqn./864 homebase
1758 as350b N22-018 : RAN 865. d/d 18jun84. 723 Sqd. Probably sold to French Govt ?
1768 as350b N22-019 : 1Nov17 - 723 Sq / 819, flew in last all unit Squrrel flypast on 1 Nov 2017
Royal Australian Air Force A22-019 : RAAF d/d 2oct84. xfer RAN oct00 as N22-019
1769 as350b N22-020 : 1Nov17 - 723 Sq / 820, flew in last all unit Squrrel flypast on 1 Nov 2017
Royal Australian Air Force A22-020 : RAAF d/d 29sep84. xfer RAN oct00 as N22-020
1770 as350b N22-021 : RAN d/d oct00. ex RAAF A22-021. 723 sqd
: Oct06 723Sqn./821 homebase
Royal Australian Air Force A22-021 : RAAF d/d 6nov84. xfer RAN oct00 as N22-021
1771 as350b N22-022 : RAN d/d oct00. ex RAAF A22-022. 723 sqd
: 1Nov17 - 723 Sq / 822, flew in last all unit Squrrel flypast on 1 Nov 2017
Royal Australian Air Force A22-022 : RAAF d/d 22nov84. xfer RAN oct00 as N22-022
1772 as350b N22-023 : RAN d/d oct00. ex RAAF A22-023. 723 sqd
: 1Nov17 - 723 Sq / 823, flew in last all unit Squrrel flypast on 1 Nov 2017
Royal Australian Air Force A22-023 : RAAF d/d 27nov84. xfer RAN oct00 as N22-023
1773 as350b N22-024 : RAN 824 d/d oct00. ex RAAF A22-024. 723 sqd
: 1Nov17 - 723 Sq / 824, flew in last all unit Squrrel flypast on 1 Nov 2017
Royal Australian Air Force A22-024 : RAAF d/d 27nov84. xfer RAN oct00 as N22-024
11501 aw109e 2002 N42-501 : RAN 723 sqd /510 2007-2012
AgustaWestland Italy I-POWR : AgustaWestland, test serial I-RAIB; conv to A109LUH prototype 91(SE) resto+
Raytheon Australia VH-NPY : Raytheon Australia from Apr07
AgustaWestland Australia Pty Ltd VH-NPY : AgustaWestland Australia from Jan14
57218 429 2015 N49-218 : Oct17 asg 723Sq pictured at Crib Point Primary School in Victoria
Bell Helicopter Canada C-FDOW : Bell Canada May14-Apr15
Bell Helicopter N542PB : Bell Apr/Jul 2015
Raytheon Australia VH-POJ : Raytheon Australia Jul15-2016
wa215 has.31 1963 N7-215 : Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA215, f/f:07/03/63; del RAN as N7-215, 825, 1+
f.9490 scout 1962 N8-101 : reserialled N8-101, with 723 Sq as /891.
- VH-NVW : registered VH-NVW on 2 Jun 1999. Preserved at FAAM, Nowra by at least 2008+
3102 UH-1C N9-3102 : involved in rescue (together with N9-882/897) from WD Atlas which sunk in +
1472 UH-1C N9-472 : As a past member of the RAN, that worked on 723Sqdn (Iroquois) I can confi+
882 UH-1B 1963 N9-882 : involved in rescue (together with N9-3102/894) from WD Atlas which sunk in+
13505 sycamore 1958 XN450 : built at Weston-super-Mare, UK as HR.51 ex G-18-178. Last Sycamore built. +
- XN450 : 1979 Camden Museum of Aviation, in RAN marks /848
: to Business Aviation Bankstown Sep 1965. Preserved at Beck Collection (rot+
27 serials found for 723

Operations

DatesOperation
04-oct-1305-oct-13 International Fleet Review Sydney 2013



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