united kingdom 706 squadron

Fleet Air Arm


706 NAS : 706 naval air squadron

1953 to 1998    





Tail Codes
CU 1962/98
706 squadron
Formed Mar 1945 as fixed wing unit in support of the Pacific Fleet, until May 1946. Re-formed with US built Whirlwind HAS.22s, with the US AN/AQS4 dunking sonar at RNAS Gosport (but administratively attached to 705 Squadron at Lee-on-Solent). Commissioned 7 Sep 1953 as 706 Squadron and also operated 2 Hiller HT.1s until Oct 1953 when it moved initially to Sydenham (EGAC) and then to RNAS Eglinton (EGAE) for submarine trials in Feb 1954, from time to time on HMS Perseus. Disbanded and 8 a/c to 845 Squadron on 1 Mar 1954.

Reformed Jan 1962 at RNAS Culdrose for advanced training of Wessex HAS.1 crews. B Flt formed at RNAS Culdrose on 7 Jan 1964 with 6 Wessex HAS.1 and 3 Hiller HT.2 for trials on HMS Bulwark in Commando assault role but all of 706 B Flt was incorporated into 845 Squadron as soon as it arrived in the Far East. Also received 2 Wasps in Nov 1964 for advanced flying training. Exchanged its Wessex HAS.1 for Wessex HAS.3s between 1967/68. Received its Sea King HAS.1s in Jan 1970 for Advanced Flying Training for pilots, observers and aircrewmen. Wasp training responsibility transferred to 703 Squadron in Feb 1975.

On 1 Apr 1975, the unit formally assumed the Civilian SAR commitment. It was the administrative host for the RAF Sea King Training Unit from Feb 1978 until that became an autonomous RAF unit in Apr 1993. It also parented RFA Fort Grange Ships Flt from Feb until Dec 1978. Sea King Operational Flying Training resumed in Feb 1979 which brought the establishment up to 13 airframes, with sea training conducted from RFA Engadine. 706 Squadron disbanded in Feb 1998 at RNAS Culdrose.

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YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1964PortlandEGDP
1962/98RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1953/54Eglinton / LondonderryEGAE
1953/54Belfast City / SydenhamEGAC
1953Gosport

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YearsModels
1992/98 sea king     Sea King HAS.6
1981/98 sea king     Sea King HAS.5
1978/90 sea king     Sea King HAS.2
1970/78 sea king     Sea King HAS.1
1967/70 wessex     Wessex HAS.3
1964UH-12E Raven
1964/75wasp
1962/71 wessex     Wessex HAS.1
1953/54 s-55 H-19     Whirlwind HAS.22
1953UH-12B HTE-2

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List of Aircraft for . / 706Sq / 706 Sq / 706NAS / 706 NAS
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
55-456 HO4S-3 1953 WV200 : 706Sq/782 Oct 1953, 845Sq/U Mar 1954 w/o 4 Sep 1956 Abbotsinch, (replaced +
United States Naval Aviation 133740 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-456, ff:?; del USN as HO4S-3, 133740, 07Jul53.
55-457 HO4S-3 1953 WV201 : 706 Sq/786 by Oct 1953, 845 Sq/R by Apr 1954, w/o 14 Jun 1954 in shallow w+
United States Naval Aviation 133741 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-457, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Ju+
55-475 HO4S-3 1953 WV203 : 706Sq by Nov 1953; 845Sq/V by Apr 1954; RAE Farnborough by Apr 1956
United States Naval Aviation 133743 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-475, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Ju+
- ZS-HDO : sold to Autair 19 Nov 1970 to ZS-HDO; pres. SAAF Museum, Swartkop (nr Pret+
55-476 HO4S-3 1953 WV204 : 706Sq/784 Nov 1953
United States Naval Aviation 133744 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-476, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Ju+
- WV204 : Preserved SAAF Museum satellite Ysterplaat by 2008
55-477 HO4S-3 1953 WV205 : 706Sq/785 Nov 1953
United States Naval Aviation 133745 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-477, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Ju+
55-480 HO4S-3 1953 WV220 : 706Sq/787 Nov 1953
United States Naval Aviation 133748 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-480, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Ju+
55-499 HO4S-3 1953 WV224 : 706Sq/783 Oct 1953
United States Naval Aviation 133752 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-499, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 21Ju+
- WV224 : Preserved SAAF Museum (Swartkop) by 2008
539 uh-12b 1953 XB479 : ex USN 134729. d/d 20 Aug 1953 to RN, 706Sq Sep 1953. To G-ASVK. To N+
Bristow G-ASVK : Bristow Aug64-Aug79, ex XB479 ; to USA
wa 13 has.1 1959 XM832 : 700Sq(H) /506 by Jun 1960 (1st IFTU Wessex), 829 Sq Devonshire Flt by 31 J+
wa 14 has.1 1960 XM833 : dd 27 Sep 1960, HAS.1 700Sq(H)/507 by Jun 1960, 706Sq/506 by 1964. 819 Sq/+
wa 15 has.1 1960 XM834 : 700Sq(H)Sq/508 by Oct 1960, 706Sq/508 by Jan 1962, 814Sq/G-B by Oct 1964, +
: A&AEE Boscombe Down by Dec 1966, 700H Sq/580-CU by May 1967, 700H Sq/584-C+
wa 17 has.1 1961 XM836 : 700H Sq/510 by Apr 1961, 706Sq/510-CU by Jan 1962
Westland XM836 : ff 25 May 1960, HAS.1 Westland for cold weather trials.
: to Westland for prototype HAS.3 conv Oct 1964 to Jun 1966, reworked to ful+
wa 19 has.1 1961 XM838 : 706Sq/508-CU by 1965, 706Sq/570-CU by Jul 1965. Conv to HAS.3
wa 24 has.1 1961 XM843 : 814Sq/271-V by Apr 1966 still Jan 1967; 706Sq/572-CU by Sep 1967 accident +
wa 30 has.1 1961 XM871 : 700H Sq/507 by Aug 1961, 706Sq/507-CU by Jan 1962, conv HAS.3 Sep 1964-Mar+
wa 31 has.1 1961 XM872 : To Westland early 1966 for conv to HAS.3, completed mid 1967. 706Sq/569-CU+
wa 42 has.1 1961 XM921 : 814 Sq/343-H Nov 1961; 819 Sq/324 by Jul 1963; 706 Sq/509-CU by Apr 1964, +
: w/o 17 Jun 1966 at Predannack in the hover with 706 Sq when hit by Whirlwi+
wa 49 has.1 1961 XM928 : 706Sq/504 by Feb 1962, RNAY Fleetlands by Mar 1964, 814 Sq/347-V by Apr 19+
wa 54 has.1 1962 XP103 : 706Sq/571-CU by Mar 1969, w/o 11 Feb 1970 with 706Sq, ditched in Falmouth +
wa 56 has.1 1962 XP105 : conv to HAS.3 by Jun 1967. 706Sq/567-CU by Oct 1967, 819 Sq/532 by Aug 197+
wa 65 has.1 1962 XP114 : crashed and w/o after engine fire, in flight, NE of Culdrose as 706Sq/573-+
wa 75 has.1 1962 XP142 : HAS.1 845Sq/J-A by Aug 1962, 845Sq/J-B by Jun 1964, (Anti-submarine fit),+
: conv to HAS.3 by Sep 1967 complete by Jul 1969. 814Sq/270-H by Nov 1969, +
wa 82 has.1 1962 XP149 : 706Sq/501-CU Sep 1963; 814Sq/346-V by Jan 1965; Eagle SAR Flt/065-E by Sep+
wa 83 has.1 1962 XP150 : 706Sq/506-CU by Mar 1964, 706Sq/576-CU by Dec 1965, to Yeovil by May 1966 +
- XP150 : G.I. National Fire College Moreton-in-Marsh by 1993, on northern perimeter+
wa 86 has.1 1962 XP153 : 706Sq/502-CU by Sep 1963, to Yeovil c May 1967 for HAS.3 conv.
wa112 has.1 1963 XS153 : 706Sq/T Jan 1964, 845Sq/T by Mar 1964, crashed Sarawak 23 Sep 1964 and to +
wa113 has.1 1963 XS154 : 706Sq/V by Mar 1864, 845Sq/V-B by Apr 1964, collided with XS151 and w/o 12+
2199 uh-12e 1962 XS159 : Delivered by sea to RNAY Fleetlands 16 Aug 1962. 705Sq/531 by Oct 1962, 70+
2255 uh-12e 1962 XS164 : Served briefly with 706Sq B Flight, before being transferred to 845Sq/X wh+
2271 uh-12e 1962 XS170 : RNAY Fleetlands by Jan 1963; 706 Sq /Z by Feb 1964; 845 Sq /Z-B by Apr 196+
- ZS-HFY : reg Sep76, ex XS170
wa177 hu.5 1964 XS508 : 706Squadron 21Oct64; 846Squadron coded VL 1976
f.9556 wasp 1963 XS529 : 700(W) IFTU/991 at Culdrose by Jul 1963, 829Sq/991-CU Mar 1964; 706Sq/510 +
f.9565 wasp 1963 XS538 : ff 7 Jan 1964, 700Sq(W)Sq by 21 Feb 1964. 829Sq Mohawk Flt/474-MO by Mar 1+
f.9572 wasp 1964 XS545 : dd Apr 1964 to RN; 700W Sq Galatea Flt/182-GA by 1964; 829 Sq Galatea Flt/+
wa252 has.1 1965 XS872 : Sembawang store by Feb 1966; 820Sq/061-E by Nov 1967; 706Sq/572-CU by Sep +
wa255 has.1 1965 XS875 : 737Sq/527-PO by Feb 1966; 737Sq Hampshire Flt/402-HA by Mar 1968 still Jun+
f.9596 wasp 1965 XT426 : dd 17 May 1965 to RN. 706Sq/64 by Jun 1967, 706Sq/80-CU, 829Sq 023 Ajax Fl+
Royal Malaysian Navy M499-07 : ex UK RN XT426. dd Aug 1992 to Malaysian Navy as M499-07. wfu 26 Sep +
- F.9596 : Helicopter is on display outside the Maritime Museum in Melacca, Malaysia
f.9728 wasp 1968 XV633 : 706Sq/591 by Sep 1969, 706Sq/584 by Jul 1972 still Sep 1972, Wroughton sto+
Brazilian Navy N-7038 : d/d 07/01/1969 to UK RN as XV633, to G-17-21, then to FAMB 1977 as N-7038
wa 635 has.1 1969 XV647 : ff 6 Sep1969, dd 26 Sep 1969 to RN as HAS.1 700Sq(S) Sq/585-CU by Nov 1969+
wa 636 has.1 1969 XV648 : RN, ff 14 Sep 1969, dd 6 Oct 1969 to RN as HAS.1; 700Sq(S) Sq/586-CU Oct 1+
: Conv HAS.2A between Oct 1978 and c Jul 1979; 706Sq/594-CU by Oct 1979 to c+
: Conv HAS.5 from Mar 1986; 706Sq/587 by Oct 1987; 706Sq/582 by Nov 1987 sti+
: 13mar88 pictured (pic1) (pic2) as HAS.5 type 706Sqn /(5)82 whilst operatin+
: 1994 HAS.5U type 706Sqn /CU-82
wa 637 has.1 1969 XV649 : HAS.1 700Sq(S) Sq/587-CU 1969; Non-stop flight from Lands End to John OGro+
wa 638 has.1 1969 XV650 : RN HAS.1 f/f 02oct69, d/d 06nov69; conv to HAS.2A; conv to AEW.2A; Served +
wa 639 has.1 1969 XV651 : RN; 1994 type:HAS.5 706Sqn./591; 1996 type:HAS.5 706Sqn./599
QinetiQ XV651 : 15jul10 QinetiQ at Boscombe Down
- XV651 : 09mar16 at Honeypot Lane for sale as airframe only
: 10aug16 at mini moo's farm, Edmondsley, Durham. DH7 6EY
wa 640 has.1 1969 XV652 : Built as HAS.1 and ff 12 Nov 1969, dd 03 Dec 1969. Conv to HAS.2A 706Sq/58+
wa 641 has.1 1969 XV653 : HAS.1 706Sq/594-CU by Sep 1975, /594 at Fleetlands Jun 1976; 706Sq/594-CU +
: 706Sq/598-CU by Jun 1979 still Jul 1982
wa 642 has.1 1969 XV654 : f/f 9 Dec 1969; d/d 5 Jan 1970 as HAS.1; 824Sq/050-R Feb 1970 until c Jul+
: 706Sq/585
: Conv to HAS.5; 706Sq/588 by 1986; 820Sq/018-R by 1988 still May 1990; to A+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XV654 : MoD; 08jun91 type:HAS.6 NARO./R-018 ex 820Sqn.
wa 644 has.1 1969 XV656 : Conv to HAS.2 706Sq/593-CU by Aug 1978 still Jul 1979
: RN HAS.2 noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 586-CU with 706NAS
wa 645 has.1 1969 XV657 : RN; 1985 type:HAS.6 706Sqn./CU-89; 2010 i/a SFDO./DD-132 at EGDR
: f/f 21 Jan 1970, d/d 11 Feb 1970, HAS.1 824Sq/053-R Mar 1970 until c Jul 1+
: With 706 Sq/596-CU, took part in rescue from Merc Enterprise in the wester+
: 09jun79 /CU-580 with 706Sqn at Fleetlands
: Conv to HAS.2A. 706Sq/589 by 1984 still Aug 1985, to NASU Culdrose by 1986
wa 646 has.1 1970 XV658 : Conv to HAS.5. 706Sq/596 by Sep 1982, 820Sq/016-N by Dec 1982. Ditched in +
wa 647 has.1 1970 XV659 : 824 Sq/053-R by Nov 1978; 824 Sq/577 by May 1979; 706Sq/584
wa 648 has.1 1970 XV660 : 706Sq/595-CU by Jun 1970 still Sep 1977. RNAY Fleetlands by Aug 1978 for c+
: HAS.6 810Sq/503 by Sep 1990;819Sq A Flt/698-CL by Aug 1994, 810Sq A Flt/51+
wa 652 has.1 1970 XV664 : After conversion to HAS.2 standard; 25Jun77 noted RNAS Yeovilton coded 056+
wa 654 has.1 1970 XV666 : Sep70 826Sq/144-E still Sep 1972; Aug78 Conv HAS.2A, 706Sq /598
: 13Nov78 noted on RFA Fort Grange coded FG.343 of 824Squadron; 12Jun80 note+
HeliOperations XV666 : HeliOps; VAHS Fleetlands for overhaul and repainting by Jun17 following l+
wa 656 has.1 1970 XV668 : f/f 22 Jul 1970, d/d 20 Aug 1970 as HAS.1, 737Sq/526-PO by 1972. Conv to H+
wa 657 has.1 1970 XV669 : HAS.1 706 Sq/597-CU Nov 1970; 820Sq/410-BL by Jul 1973, ditched off Portla+
wa 658 has.1 1970 XV670 : 706 Sq/590-CU by Aug 1978, still Aug 1979
: 14 Aug 1979 706 Sq/590-CU rescued yachtsman from yacht Grimalkin during th+
: RN HAS.2 noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 590-CU with 706NAS
: RN; 1993 type:HAS.5 706Sqn./592; 1994 type:HAS.5 819Sqn./CU-07; 1996 type:+
wa 659 has.1 1970 XV671 : conv to AEW.2 type; 1994 706Sqn /N-86; 2001 849Sqn /L-188
wa 660 has.1 1970 XV672 : Royal Navy HAS 1 Yeovil f/f 19sep70, d/d 5oct70; served with 706Sq, 819S+
wa 661 has.1 1970 XV673 : RN HAS.2 noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 588-CU with 706NAS
: 1993 HAS.5 type 706Sqn./588; 1994 HAS.5U type 706Sqn./CU-88; 1996 HAS.5 ty+
wa 663 has.1 1970 XV675 : RN noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 597-CU with 706NAS
wa 664 has.1 1971 XV676 : 03Aug79 noted RNAS Yeovilton coded CU-587 of 706Squadron; 21Jul81 noted RN+
: RN HAS.2 noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 587 with 706NAS
wa 665 has.1 1970 XV677 : HAS.1 f/f 18dec70, d/d 22jan71; conv HAS.2A; conv HAS.5; conv HAS.6; serve+
: Fleetlands for HAS.2A conv Nov 1977, 706Sq/595-CU by Aug 1978 still Jul 1+
: noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 595-CU with 706NAS
- XV677 : The airframe is currently stored at HMS Sultan awaiting it's relocatio+
: 25/07/06 - Moved to AeroVenture, Doncaster, UK, home of South Yorkshire Ai+
wa 669 has.1 1971 XV698 : 706Sq/592-CU by Jul 1972 still Jul 1973
: With 706 Sq/592-CU, took part in rescue from Merc Enterprise in the wester+
wa 671 has.1 1971 XV700 : RN HAS.1 f/f 09apr71, d/d 27may71; conv HAS.2; 09jun84 pictured as HAS.2A +
: HAS.2A 706Sq/589-CU by Aug 1978 still Jul 1979 (in/out?); 814Sq/264 by Jun+
wa 672 has.1 1971 XV701 : RN HAS.2 noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 589-CU with 706NAS
wa 674 has.1 1971 XV703 : RN HAS.1 f/f 14jun71, d/d 03aug71; 1976 824Sq/050-R recovered the rotorles+
Vector Aerospace XV703 : Oct06 Vector Aerospace
wa 676 has.1 1971 XV705 : HAS.2A 814Sq/266-H by Feb 1978, 814Sq/265-B by Aug 1980; 819Sq/703 by Aug +
- XV705 : 13aug17 at Mackleys Industrial Estate BN5 9XE outside Bramlands Aviation, +
wa 677 has.1 1971 XV706 : RN HAS.2 noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 594-CU with 706NAS
: RN; 1996 type:HAS.6 706Sqn./583
- XV706 : 27apr17 on the back of a lorry at Exeter Motorway services
wa 678 has.1 1971 XV707 : noted at RNAS Culdrose Airday 25jul79 coded 596 with 706NAS
: 706Sq /596-CU, participated in Fastnet Race rescue on 13-14 Aug 1979
wa 680 has.1 1971 XV709 : RN in 1996 type HAS.6 706Sqn. /585
wa 682 has.1 1972 XV711 : RN HAS.2 noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 592-CU with 706NAS
wa 683 has.1 1972 XV712 : RN HAS.2 noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 591-CU with 706NAS


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