united kingdom 781 squadron

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781 NAS : 781 naval air squadron

1940 to 1981    





781 squadron
Royal Navy Second World War SAR duties at Lee-on-Solent were carried out by Sea Otters of the Search and Rescue Flight of 781 Southern Communications Squadron. 781 provided Search and Rescue operations until October 1952 when its Sea Otters were withdrawn. 781 (Search and Rescue Flight) Communications Squadron was issued with its first Whirlwind HAR.1 for SAR duties in 1959. These were eventually replaced by the Wessex HU.5 in Jun 1969, in a special paint scheme and known as Green Parrots. The squadron also operated Heron and Devon fixed wing aircraft in its communications role. For 12 more years, 781 Squadron continued in its SAR role with the Wessex HU.5, until it disbanded on 31 Mar 1981 after 41 years service at HMS Daedalus.
The SAR duties were taken over by 772 Squadron who detached 2 Wessex HU.5 from RNAS Portland.

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Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1940/81Lee-on-SolentEGHF


Models

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YearsModels
1969/81wessex
1961/65whirlwind
1959/70s-55 H-19

List of aircraft

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List of Aircraft for 781Sq
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
55-476 HO4S-3 1953 WV204 : 848Sq/351 by Oct 1958; 781Sq by 1964 still 1968 and 1969, wfu Sep 1969
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
55-498 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
55-499 HO4S-3 1953 WV224 : Hal Far SAR Flt/958 by Jan 1960; 728Sq/961-HF by Apr 1965; RNAY Fleetlands+
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
wa179 hu.5 1964 XS510 : RN; 05nov64 entered service with 848Sqn; 11Feb82 noted RNAS Portland coded+
wa272 hu.5 1965 XT450 : conv into Green Parrot and xfer 781Sqn, unk
: 707Sq/U-CU by Jul 1965 still 1971, 781Sq/(818) by Jul 1972 still Apr 1979,+
wa275 hu.5 1965 XT453 : 27sep88 pictured coded A 781Squadron (ex 845Sqn) at RNAS Lee-on-Solent
wa277 hu.5 XT455 : 27sep88 pictured coded U 781Squadron (ex 845Sqn) at RNAS Lee-on-Solent
wa289 hu.5 1965 XT467 : 845Sq/G-B by Mar 1966 still Sep 1968. 781Sq by Feb 1970, 707Sq/WY-VL by Ju+
Royal Air Force 8922M : to RAF Gutersloh Jan 1987 (painted up as XR504 18Sq/BF by Jun 1987) for BD+
Everett Aero XT467 : Everett Aero, Sproughton by Mar 2003 still Feb 2004
Gunsmoke Paintball XT467 : Gunsmoke Paintball site Hadliegh Suffolk by Nov 2006 still Jul 2009 still +
wa304 hu.5 1966 XT482 : 27sep88 pictured coded /ZM 781Squadron (ex 707Sqn) at RNAS Lee-on-Solent. +
Royal Marines XT482 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XL
wa489 hu.5 1967 XT767 : 02feb80 pictured coded LS/811 of 781Squadron SAR Flight at RNAS Lee-on-Sol+
: about 1976 noted RNAS Yeovilton coded OD/VR 846Sqd, RFA Olmedia Flight; 31+
wa552 hu.5 1967 XT770 : Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA552, f/f:?; del Royal Navy as XT770, 05/05/196+
: 781Sq by Apr 1969, to Fleetlands by Dec 1969 for VIP mods, 781Sq/(818 ?) b+
- XT770 : Stoney Cove Diving Centre Leicester from 2008; Used as a submerged diving+
wa554 hu.5 1967 XT772 : 781Sq by Sep 1969, 781Sq/(829) by Jan 1971, 781Sq/(817) by Apr 1971 still +
: conv into Green Parrot/ Admirals Barge and xfer 781Sqn, in service Lee-on-+



Operations


DatesOperation
25-jun-7728-jun-77 Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen
15-jun-5315-jun-53 Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet


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