united kingdom 737 squadron

Fleet Air Arm


737 NAS : 737 naval air squadron

1943 to 1983    




Tail Codes
GN 1949/57
PO 1962/83
737 squadron
Formed on 22 Feb 1943 at Dunino as an amphibious Bomber Reconnaissance Training Squadron. It disbanded in Nov 1957. Reformed 28 Aug 1959 as the RN Air Anti-Submarine School at RNAS Portland, from the remains of 815 Squadron with Whirlwind HAR.3s, with HAS.7s arriving a month later. First Wessex HAS.1 delivered 4 Jul 1962 and the Wessex HAS.3 started to arrive in Oct 1967. In Jun 1970, the Squadron became the parent for the Wessex Flights aboard the remaining County Class Destroyers (a role it took over from 829 Squadron), in preparation for 737s Sea King HAS.1s which appeared at the end of Jul 1970. In May 1972 the Squadron also took on responsibility for ASW Operational and Advanced Flying Training and increased its seaborne training work with RFA Engadine. In June 1975, the Sea Kings were handed on to 826 Squadron, at RNAS Culdrose, to allow 737 to focus purely on Wessex HAS.3 training duties. RNAS Portlands longest serving Squadron disbanded on 7 Feb 1983, handing its Wessex HAS.3 on to 772 Squadron.

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1959/83PortlandEGDP


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YearsModels
1973/75sea king
1967/83 wessex     Wessex HAS.3
1962/68 wessex     Wessex HAS.1
1960/61s-55 H-19
1959/62whirlwind

Construction Numbers for . / 737 Sq / 737Sq / 737 NAS / 737NAS Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
55-475 HO4S-3 1953 WV203 : Lee-on-Solent by Sep 1957; 728 Sq C Flt/623 by Feb 1968; NARIU by Sep 1958+
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+
55-498 HO4S-3 1953 WV223 : 728Sq C Flt/621 by Mar 1958; 737Sq/781 by Apr 1960 still 1961; 781Sq/(827)+
United States Naval Aviation 133751 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-498, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 21Ju+
Autair Helicopters ZS-HDM : to Autair Pty, SA. c Jun 1971
South African Air Force A5 : 1987 preserved airworthy at SAAF Museum
wa 91 has7 1957 XG596 : dd 24 May 1957 to 700Sq as /508-H, 737Sq/775-PO by Feb 1961, 829Sq by 196+
- XG596 : at British Rotorcraft Museum (now IHM) 25 Jun 1979
: Apr13 at The Helicopter Museum, Weston super Mare
wa206 has7 1958 XL844 : 820 Sq/295-R by Jan 1960 to Sep 1959; 737Sq/771 by Oct 1961; 771Sq/753-PO +
wa220 has7 1958 XL870 : 737 Sq/778 by Mar 1962, ditched Portland harbour 7 May 1962, wreck recover+
wa 8 has.1 1959 XM327 : HAS.3 819 Sq/531 by May 1968; 820Sq/411-BL by Feb 1972 still Jun 1972; 73+
Westland XM327 : HAS.1 Westland development & trials airframe from late 1959, conv HAS.3 be+
wa 9 has.1 1959 XM328 : As HAS.3, 737 Sq/522-PO by Jul 1968 still Jul 1971; 737 Sq Norfolk Flt/4+
Westland XM328 : Westlands Oct59 before first flight; A&AEE Sep61; Westland as HAS.3 develo+
- XM328 : acquired in 2004 by the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare
: Nov16 completed 7-year restoration at The Helicopter Museum
: 03Dec16 pictured at International Helicopter Museum, after restoration
wa 10 has.1 1959 XM329 : 819Sq/533 by Aug 1965; 737Sq/533-PO by Apr 1967; AES Arbroath by Feb 1968;+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XM329 : A&AEE by Dec 1959, Westland by May 1960, Trials a/c with AUDE by Jan 1961 +
wa252 has7 1958 XM661 : 700(H)Sq May 1959, 737 Sq/774-PO by Oct 1959 ditched and sank off Portland+
wa255 has7 1958 XM664 : Fleetlands store by Jan 1959, 700(H)Sq May 1959, 737 Sq/776-PO by Oct 1959+
wa 14 has.1 1960 XM833 : 814Sq/272-V by Jul 1968, 814Sq/272-H by 1969, 820Sq/412-BL by May 1969 sti+
wa 17 has.1 1961 XM836 : 737 Sq Fife Flt/404-FF by Oct 1971 still Oct 1972, 737 Sq/657-PO by Aug 19+
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 18 has.1 1961 XM837 : Now HAS.3, 814Sq/271-V by Oct 1967, 814Sq/271-H by May 1968, 820Sq/411-BL +
: 737 Sq Norfolk Flt/407-NF, flying at Navy Days, 26 and 27 Aug 1978
: 737Sq/400-GL noted at Culdrose, 11 Mar 1982
: As HAS.3 737 Sq/400-GL on HMS Glamorgan, when destroyed by land-based Exoc+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XM837 : spent winter of 1960/61 in Churchill, Canada with A&AEE for icing / cold w+
Westland XM837 : Westland trials and evaluation airframe until very early in 1966, when it +
wa 19 has.1 1961 XM838 : 737 Sq/520-PO by Sep 1968 still 1969. 820Sq/412-BL by Aug 1971 still Jun 1+
wa 22 has.1 1961 XM841 : 815 Sq/301-C by Jun 1965, 815 Sq/051-R by Mar 1966 to c Oct 1966; 819 Sq/5+
wa 25 has.1 1961 XM844 : to Westland for HAS.3 conversion 1965 completed by 1967. 737Sq/535-PO by +
: 737Sq Devonshire Flt/403-DV by Sep 1976. crashed on take off from HMS Devo+
wa 29 has.1 1961 XM870 : 31jul82 in yellow and dark grey camo as PO/652 of 737 Squadron RNAS Portla+
wa 30 has.1 1961 XM871 : As HAS.3, 820Sq/410-BL by Aug 1971 until at least Sep 1972, Engadine Flt/4+
: As HAS.3, w/o 21 Aug 1975 with 737 Sq/400-GL when it crashed into the Red +
wa 31 has.1 1961 XM872 : To Westland early 1966 for conv to HAS.3, completed mid 1967. 706Sq/569-CU+
wa 33 has.1 1961 XM874 : 737 Sq/400-GL Glamorgan Flt by Jul 1967 still Nov 1967, 771Sq/519-PO by Ju+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XM874 : A&AEE Boscombe Down by Jan 1963
wa 38 has.1 1961 XM917 : 814Sq/340-H by Dec 1961, damaged during ground running at Sembawang 4 Jul +
wa 40 has.1 1961 XM919 : RNAY Sembawang by Aug 1970, 737 Sq Glamorgan Flt/400-GL by Nov 1971, 737 S+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XM919 : conv HAS.3 by May 1967, trials in USA and Canada. dd Fleetlands by May 196+
wa 48 has.1 1962 XM927 : HAS.3 conversion, 737 Sq/430-PO by 1968, 737 Sq/660-PO by Jul 1976 still J+
wa 54 has.1 1962 XP103 : 845Sq/A-A by Apr 1962, 845Sq/W-B by Apr 1964, 737 Sq/526-PO by Jul 1966. T+
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+
: 737 Sq Devonshire Flt/403-DV by Apr 1974 and served in Cyprus.
wa 70 has.1 1962 XP137 : HAS.1 737 Sq/770-PO by Aug 1962, 737 Sq/520-PO by Jan 1965, WHL Yeovil by +
: 737 Sq Antrim Flt/406-AN Aug 1970 still May 1971; 737 Sq Norfolk Flt by Se+
wa 71 has.1 1962 XP138 : Westland Wessex HAS.1 d/d Royal Navy May62; conv HAS.3; 737 Sqn /PO-654; w+
wa 72 has.1 1962 XP139 : RN; 1978 type:HAS.3 737Sqn./PV-651
wa 75 has.1 1962 XP142 : conv to HAS.3 by Sep 1967 complete by Jul 1969. 814Sq/270-H by Nov 1969, +
: HAS.3 led insertion of Special Forces as 737 Sq/406-AN, onto South Georgi+
: as 737 Sq/406-AN, attacked and damaged ARA Santa Fe outside Grytviken, Sou+
wa 79 has.1 1962 XP146 : built as HAS.1, ff 13 Jul 1962, dd to Fleetlands 30 Jul 1962. 737 Sq/771-P+
wa 83 has.1 1962 XP150 : 814Sq/273-V by Mar 1968, 814Sq/273-H by 1969, 737 Sq Kent Flt/401-KE by Oc+
: 25aug78 pictured as 737 NAS /406-AN with Fishery Protection pennant at HMS+
: 737Sq HQ Flt uncoded by Mar 1982 until Dec 1982, 737 Sq Antrim Flt/406-AN +
- XP150 : G.I. National Fire College Moreton-in-Marsh by 1993, on northern perimeter+
wa 88 has.1 1962 XP155 : 03Apr79 at Portland as 737NAS /PO-663
wa 89 has.1 1962 XP156 : 826Sq/144-E by Dec 1968, 737 Sq/663-PO by Jul 1976 still Sep 1977, w/o 27 +
: noted 22jul79 at HMS Osprey RNAS Portland coded 663-PO with 737NAS
wa 92 has.1 1962 XP159 : 820Sq/297-E by Nov 1964, 814Sq/341-V by Apr 1965, 814Sq/270-V by Jul 1966,+
- XP159 : to Electrical Research Association, Leatherhead by Jun 1979 to Jun 1983
Royal Air Force XP159 : to 8877M at RAF Odiham by May 1986, privately owned Brands Hatch, scrapped+
wa100 has.1 1963 XS121 : UK for repair and became 3rd conversion to HAS.3, 700H Sq/582-CU by Feb st+
wa101 has.1 1963 XS122 : 819 Sq/532 by Jun 1968, 737 Sq/435-PO by Mar 1972, 737Sq/655-PO by May 197+
wa107 has.1 1963 XS128 : 845Sq/F-B by Jul 1964; 737 Sq/522-PO by Apr 1966, 737 Sq/437-PO by 1968 (E+
wa108 has.1 1963 XS149 : Conv to HAS.3 829Sq Fife Flt/403-FF by May 1969, 737Sq Fife Flt/403-FF Jun+
wa112 has.1 1963 XS153 : 700H Sq/581-CU by Mar 1967, 814Sq/272-V by Jan 1968, 737 Sq/521-PO by Apr +
wa186 hu.5 1964 XS517 : 31jul82 pictured coded ZC of 707Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton; The yellow and+
Royal Air Force XS517 : Apr90, asg 84Sq as an HC5C when I arrived there.
: Became HC5C on 84 Sqn RAF in RAF Akrotiri and had a diamond emblem on the +
wa242 has.1 1965 XS862 : To Westland Yeovil for HAS.3 conv Dec 1966, NASU Culdrose by Aug 1968; 826+
- XS862 : to Air and Ground, Hixon autumn 2000. Gone by Dec 2010
wa255 has.1 1965 XS875 : 737Sq/527-PO by Feb 1966; 737Sq Hampshire Flt/402-HA by Mar 1968 still Jun+
wa290 hu.5 1965 XT468 : Wessex HU.5 d/d to RN 31 Oct 1965,  847 Sq/H-S by 1969, 737 Sq Tidespring+
Royal Marines XT468 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /H
wa302 hu.5 1966 XT480 : 737 Sq / 436-TP Tidepool Flt, visited HMS Drake on 17 May 1979
Royal Marines XT480 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XQ
: 847Sq /XQ noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
wa 632 has.1 1969 XV644 : f/f 7 Aug 1969, d/d 19 Aug 1969. HAS.1  700Sq(S) Sq/582-CU 1969, /528+
wa 633 has.1 1969 XV645 : ff 9 Jul 1969, dd 11 Jul 1969 to RN. 700Sq(S) Sq/583-CU 1970, w/o 13 Jan 1+
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+
wa 637 has.1 1969 XV649 : HAS.1 700Sq(S) Sq/587-CU 1969; Non-stop flight from Lands End to John OGro+
wa 643 has.1 1969 XV655 : 824Sq/051-R Feb 1970 until c Jul 1971, 737 Sq/661-PO by Aug 1973, Fleetlan+
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 658 has.1 1970 XV670 : ff 18 Aug 1970, dd 3 Sep 1970 as HAS.1; 737Sq/664-PO by Sep 1975
wa 847 has.2 1976 XZ579 : 814 Sq/271-B by Apr 1981. On loan to 737 Sq ? for deck landing training on+
53 serials found for . / 737 Sq, 737Sq, 737 NAS, 737NAS

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