united kingdom 814 squadron

Fleet Air Arm


814 NAS : 814 naval air squadron

1938 to present    




Helicopters

Tail Codes
H 1960/63
V 1963/67
H 1968/70
814 squadron
Originally formed on 1 Dec 1938 as a torpedo reconnaisance unit. After service in WWII, it disbanded and reformed several times with various fixed wing aircraft until it retired its Gannet AS.4s when it disbanded on 30 Sep 1959 at RNAS Culdrose.
Its association with rotary wing flying began at RNAS Culdrose as an anti-submarine unit on 1 Apr 1960 with 8 Whirlwind HAS.7s. After various exercises it departed for the Far East on HMS Hermes, returning in Apr 1961 and disbanding Sep 1961. It reformed as the third FAA front line Wessex HAS.1 unit in Nov 1961, initially with 5 HAS.1, ramping up to a complement of 8 by Jan 1962. The unit saw extended service in the Indian Ocean and the Far East. When shore-based it was deployed to Sembawang between Dec 1962 and Mar 1965 but carrier deployments were frequent, including 3 weeks on HMAS Melbourne during spring 1963 and to HMS Victorious during her 1963/64 East of Suez Carrier commission and section detachments were common (for example to HMS Albion for a week off Mombasa early in 1964 and a 2 Wessex detachment to RFA Tidespring in Spring 1964) returning to Sembawang for Aug 1966 and Apr 1967. 814 NAS returned to the UK on HMS Victorious in Jun 1967, to prepare for the introduction of the Wessex HAS.3
It was the first front line unit to form with 6 HAS.3 from the 700(H) Squadron complement, in Aug 1967. Returning to the Far East, it had a further spell at Sembawang between Aug 1968 and Jan 1969, retaining Culdrose as its UK home base. When HMS Hermes went in to refit as a Commando Assault Carrier, the unit disbanded again in Jul 1970 at RNAS Culdrose.
Reformed on 30 Mar 1973 at HMS Gannet with a small number of Sea King HAS.1s, with which it undertook critical passive sonar trials during 1975. The Sea King HAS.2 was introduced in Nov 1977 and the unit was the first to have its airframes fitted with the Jezebel sonar equipment. It moved to Culdrose in Apr 1976 and conducted intensive passive sonar training. By the end of 1976, the unit had received nine airframes, followed by the replacement of some with HAS.2A conversions. When the Falklands conflict broke out, the unit was being equipped with the Sea King HAS.5. In Aug 1982, it embarked on HMS Illustrious (R06) for South Atlantic operations. Further improvements in capability followed when the Sea King HAS.6 was introduced in Oct 1992. 814 Squadron was disbanded after service in the Gulf, Bosnia and Kosovo, at RNAS Culdrose in Dec 2000.
One of the Navy's highly skilled and technically sophisticated submarine warfare squadrons has been designated as the first UK sqn to be equipped with the AgustaWesland Merlin
Reformed with the Merlin HM.1 at RNAS Culdrose in Oct 2001.
814 Squadron reformed again on 1 Mar 2001 with the Merlin HM.1 at RNAS Culdrose and became operational in Oct of that year. For the Jul 2012 London Olympics, 814 NAS embarked HMS Bulwark for martime security duties around Weymouth. During Mar 2013, the unit deployed to Sicily for the NATO ASW Exercise Proud Manta. The HM.1 was retired in Nov 2014 and replaced with the Merlin HM.2.
A detachment of Merlin HM.2 was committed to Operation Weald in early May 2015 when /(2)66 and /(2)70 departed RNAS Culdrose for Sigonella, where they were temporarily based, using HMS Bulwark as their day time platform.

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Exercise Deep Blue II in the Mediterranean, 20-Jul-16 : UK, US and France ships leaded by HMS Ocean helicopter carrier took part of antisubmarine exercise Deep Blue II in the Mediterranean. First time since 2012 HMS Ocean embarked an entire air group

814 Naval Squadron ASW Exercise in the Mediterranean, 09-Mar-16 : Royal Navy 814 NAS two Merlin Mk2 Helicopters flew across Europe over two days in order to participate in Exercise Dynamic Manta 16 NATO’s largest Anti-Submarine exercise in the Mediterranean


Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2001/nowRNAS CuldroseEGDR
1976/00RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1973/76PrestwickEGPK
1968/69SG SembawangWSAG
1966/67SG SembawangWSAG
1962/65SG SembawangWSAG
1961/70RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1960/61RNAS CuldroseEGDR
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YearsModels
2015/now eh.101     Merlin HM.2
2001/14 eh.101     Merlin HM.1
1992/00 sea king     Sea King HAS.6
1982/92 sea king     Sea King HAS.5
1977/82 sea king     Sea King HAS.2
1973/77 sea king     Sea King HAS.1
1967/70 wessex     Wessex HAS.3
1961/67 wessex     Wessex HAS.1
1960/61 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAS.7

Construction Numbers for 814Sq Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa205 has7 1957 XL843 : To Hal Far in HMS Eagle, Hal Far store Feb 1958, 845 Sq (reserve a/c) Apr +
wa220 has7 1958 XL870 : Lee store by Mar 1958, Seletar store by Nov 1958, 814Sq/281-H by Feb 1961 +
wa232 has7 1958 XL882 : 815Sq/307 by Oct 1958 to Mar 1959, 814Sq/285-H by May 1960 to Jul 1960 (re+
wa235 has7 1958 XL896 : Lee store Nov 1958, to Hal Far store Jan 1959, 814Sq/286-H by Dec 1960 (re+
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 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 18 has.1 1961 XM837 : Now HAS.3, 814Sq/271-V by Oct 1967, 814Sq/271-H by May 1968, 820Sq/411-BL +
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 24 has.1 1961 XM843 : 814Sq/271-V by Apr 1966 still Jan 1967; 706Sq/572-CU by Sep 1967 accident +
wa 25 has.1 1961 XM844 : 815Sq/302-R by Sep 1961, 815Sq/302-C by Mar 1963, 814Sq/345-V by Jan 1964,+
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 : HAS.1, 814Sq/342-H by Jan 1962, 814Sq/342-V by Jul 1963, 814Sq/346-V by De+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XM919 : conv HAS.3 by May 1967, trials in USA and Canada. dd Fleetlands by May 196+
wa 43 has.1 1961 XM922 : 814Sq/344-H by Feb 1962. Ditched and sank off HMS Hermes 12 Aug 1963 while+
wa 44 has.1 1961 XM923 : At SBAC Farnborough Air Show Sep 1968 as Wessex HAS.3, A&AEE Boscombe Down+
wa 45 has.1 1961 XM924 : 814Sq/346-H by Feb 1962; w/o 15jan63 ditched and sank while operating from+
wa 46 has.1 1961 XM925 : d/d 7 Dec 1961, w/o in Gulf of Aden whilst with 814Sq/347-V operating from+
wa 49 has.1 1961 XM928 : 814Sq/277-V by Apr 1966, w/o 7 Oct 1966 whilst operating from HMS Victori+
wa287 has7 1960 XN307 : 814Sq/286-H by Apr 1960, ditched Gibraltar (harbour) 28 Nov 1960, wreck re+
wa288 has7 1960 XN308 : 814Sq/287-H by Apr 1960 to Sep 1961, 846 Sq/Y-A from May 1962 to May 1963,+
wa289 has7 1960 XN309 : 814Sq/288-H by Apr 1960 to Sep 1961
wa290 has7 1960 XN310 : 814Sq/284-H by Apr 1960 to Sep 1961, 846 Sq/Q-A from Jun 1962 to Dec 1962,+
wa292 has7 1960 XN312 : 814Sq/281-H by Apr 1960. Ditched and sank during approach to HMS Hermes, S+
wa293 has7 1960 XN313 : 814Sq/282-H by Apr 1960, w/o Lough Foyle while operating from HMS Hermes 7+
wa306 has7 1960 XN360 : 814Sq/285-H by Jul 1960 (replacing XL882) until Sep 1961, Hermes SAR Flt/9+
wa316 has7 1960 XN386 : 814Sq/282-H by Oct 1960; (repl XN313) to Sep 1961; 846 Sq/W-A from Apr 196+
- XN386 : Waiting restoration at South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, Doncaster, UK
wa 66 has.1 1962 XP115 : Sembawang store by Aug 1962; 814Sq/346-H by Jan 1963, 814Sq/346-V by Sep 1+
wa 75 has.1 1962 XP142 : 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 : 814Sq/273-V by Mar 1968, 814Sq/273-H by 1969, 737 Sq Kent Flt/401-KE by Oc+
- XP150 : G.I. National Fire College Moreton-in-Marsh by 1993, on northern perimeter+
wa 87 has.1 1962 XP154 : 845Sq/N-A by Nov 1962, 814Sq/D-V by Oct 1964, 845Sq/D by Dec 1964 w/o 9 Ma+
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+
wa112 has.1 1963 XS153 : 700H Sq/581-CU by Mar 1967, 814Sq/272-V by Jan 1968, 737 Sq/521-PO by Apr +
wa256 has.1 1965 XS876 : d/d 23 Dec 1965 to Culdrose. 814Sq by Feb 1966, 826Sq/340-H by May 1966, d+
- XS876 : The last picture i saw of this helicopter it had been sold and the after f+
wa 631 has.1 1969 XV643 : HAS.1 f/f 10jun69, d/d 29oct73; conv to HAS.2A; then to HAS.5; and finall+
: d/d RN 29 Jan 1973, 814Sq/270-H by Apr 1973, 824Sq/055-R by Jun 1973, to F+
: HAS.5, 820Sq/015-R by Jun 1986, 820Sq/009-R by 1988, 814Sq/265-N by May 19+
Her Majesty's Government XV643 : f/f 10 Jun 1969, HAS.1 A&AEE Boscombe Down by Aug 1969
: G.I. BDRF DARA St. Athan /262 by Aug 2002 still 2003 still Jan 2005, BDRF/+
wa 634 has.1 1969 XV646 : HAS.1  f/f 30 Jul 1969, d/d 19 Aug 1969, HAS.1 700Sq(S) Sq/584-CU 1969; w+
wa 635 has.1 1969 XV647 : Converted to HAS.5 from spring 1982. 826Sq/527 by May 1983, 814Sq/265 by S+
wa 643 has.1 1969 XV655 : 1996 HAS.6 type 814Sqn./N-267 embarked HMS Invincible R05
wa 648 has.1 1970 XV660 : HAS.6 810Sq/503 by Sep 1990;819Sq A Flt/698-CL by Aug 1994, 810Sq A Flt/51+
wa 654 has.1 1970 XV666 : 13Nov78 noted on RFA Fort Grange coded FG.343 of 824Squadron; 12Jun80 note+
: 25Feb87 noted RNAS Culdrose NASU uncoded; 09Mar87 to 814Squadro, HMS illu+
: 17jul88 pictured (pic1) as 814Sqn /(2)72 HMS Illustrious at RNAS Portland
HeliOperations XV666 : HeliOps; VAHS Fleetlands for overhaul and repainting by Jun17 following l+
wa 656 has.1 1970 XV668 : RN HAS.2 noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 410-H with 814sq
: f/f 22 Jul 1970, d/d 20 Aug 1970 as HAS.1, 737Sq/526-PO by 1972. Conv to H+
wa 660 has.1 1970 XV672 : Royal Navy HAS 1 Yeovil f/f 19sep70, d/d 5oct70; served with 706Sq, 819S+
wa 662 has.1 1970 XV674 : RN HAS.1 f/f 09oct70, d/d 09nov70; 819Sq/04-PW by Jun 1974; Conv to HAS.2A+
wa 664 has.1 1971 XV676 : 13Jan84 noted RNAS Lee-on-Solent coded --.266 of 814Sqn, asg HMS Illustrio+
wa 665 has.1 1970 XV677 : HAS.1 f/f 18dec70, d/d 22jan71; conv HAS.2A; conv HAS.5; conv HAS.6; serve+
: HAS.1 820Sq /410-BL by Jan 1973, 814Sq /270-H by Mar 1974, NATIU trials a/+
: RN in 1996 on HMS Invincible R05 type:HAS.6 /N-269 814Sqn.
- 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 667 has.1 1971 XV696 : conv. HAS.2A RNAY Fleetlands 1977; 814Sq/265-H by Aug 1978; 814Sq/268-B by+
wa 671 has.1 1971 XV700 : 814Sq/272-H by Aug 1974, conv 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 in 1996 on HMS Invincible R05 type:HAS.6 /N-268 814Sqn.
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 681 has.1 1972 XV710 : RN; 1994 type:HAS.6 814Sqn./CU-70
wa 683 has.1 1972 XV712 : 1996 HAS.6 type as 814Sqn /N-266 on HMS Invincible (R05)
: 24/25jul99 as 814Sqn /66 at Fairford air show
wa 840 has.2 1976 XZ572 : 826Sq/141-TG by Dec 1976 until c Jan 1977; 814Sq/270-H by Dec 1977
: 814Sq/270-B by Dec 1978, ditched in sea off Florida and sank 14 Jan 1980 f+
wa 848 has.2 1977 XZ580 : 03Jul80 noted RNAS Lee-on-Solent coded B.272 of 814Squadron, HMS Bulwark
: 18Dec82 noted RNAS Portland coded -.272 of 814Squadron, HMS Illustrious; 2+
: Unknown date - converted HAS6; unknown date noted coded N.267 of 814Squadr+
wa 878 has.5 1979 XZ918 : ff 3 Apr 1979, dd 6 Jun 1979, HAS.5 820Sq/020-N by Jan 1985, ditched in Me+
Royal Australian Navy N16-918 : dd 25 Jun 1996 to RAN as N16-918. Purchased as replacement for N16-124 and+
: Nickname Desmond....(22)
: Jan 2011 HS817 / 922 took part in Operation QLD Flood Assist as Shark 22.
: 817 Sqn /Shark 22; wfu Sep11 7988 hours
: 15dec11 took part 817Sqn final Sea King flight formation
wa 879 has.5 1979 XZ919 : 03Jul82 noted HMS Illustrious coded -.271 of 814Squadron
wa 882 has.5 1979 XZ922 : 20Jul81 noted RNAS Culdrose coded CU.580 706Squadron; 02Jul82 noted HMS Il+
wa 900 has.5 1982 ZA167 : 814Sq/273-L by Jun 1982 still 1986, 814Sq/265-L by Jun 1987, 814Sq/264-N b+
wa 902 has.5 1982 ZA169 : Conv HAS.6 at Fleetlands from Jan 1989, 820Sq/010 by Jan 1989, 820Sq/011 b+
: RN; 1996 type:HAS.6 814Sqn./N-265 embarked HMS Invincible
wa 939 has.5 1984 ZD630 : RN; 1996 type:HAS.6 814Sqn./N-271 embarked aboard HMS Invincible R05.
wa 957 has.5 ZE419 : RN; Jul91 type:HAS.6 814Sqn./N-269
wa 999 has.6 ZG818 : RN in July 1991 "Flying Tigers" mrks. /N-271 814Sqn.
wa1000 has.6 1990 ZG819 : RN in 1996 on HMS Invincible R05 type:HAS.6 /N-270 814Sqn.
50053 hm.1 1999 ZH831 : 2007 820Sqn /14 ; 2008 814Sqn /14 ; 2009 814Sqn /11
QinetiQ ZH831 : Sep14, AEW prototype, fitted with dual Crowsnest ASaC sensors from the Loc+
50067 hm.1 ZH835 : 50067/RN15. 814Sqd
50077 hm.1 ZH838 : 16-24jun14 814Sqn./70 Nato Tiger Meet 2014
50093 hm.1 ZH843 : 50093/RN23; Royal Navy 814Sqn
50105 hm.1 ZH845 : 50105/RN25; 2009 814Sqn
50125 hm.1 2000 ZH850 : 50125/RN30 d/d 09apr01; 814 Sq/266-R by Sep 2001 still Sep 2002; 824Sq W+
50135 hm.1 ZH853 : 50135/RN33; 2009 814Sqn
50139 hm.1 ZH854 : 50139/RN34. 814Sqn. ; 2003 /CU-580 824Sqn. ; 2004 /CU-580 824Sqn.
50143 hm.1 ZH855 : 16-24jun14 814Sqn./68 Nato Tiger Meet 2014
50147 hm.1 2001 ZH856 : d/d 20 Dec 2001, 814Sq/267 by Mar 2002 until Apr 2005, to AMG by Apr 2005,+
50164 hm.1 2002 ZH860 : 10sep17 pictured (pic3) in Tiger c/s asg 814Sq on the East Terrace of Exce+
50179 hm.1 2002 ZH864 : RN 50179/RN44 d/d 05 Dec 2002 Final RN airframe from first HM.1 batch. 82+
72 serials found for 814Sq

Operations

DatesOperation
03-oct-1506-nov-15ES Exercise Trident Juncture 2015
04-may-1503-jul-15 Operation Weald
may-10aug-10US Exercise Auriga 2010
18-jan-0328-may-03IQ Operation Telic
20-jul-7430-sep-74CY Partition of Cyprus
28-jul-6928-jul-69 Fleet Review: Ships of the Western Fleet
20-sep-6813-oct-68AU Exercise Coral Sands
feb-64mar-64 East African Mutinies
08-dec-6211-aug-66MY Konfrontasi
15-jun-5315-jun-53 Fleet Review: Coronation Review of the Fleet

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