No. 658 Squadron AAC

658 Squadron AAC is a helicopter squadron of the British Army's Army Air Corps (AAC). The squadron was re-designated from 8 Flight AAC in 2013.[1]

658 Squadron AAC
Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin II in 2010
Active1 Sept 2013 – Present[1]
Country United Kingdom
Branch Army Air Corps
TypeAviation
RoleSpecial operations aviation support
Part ofJoint Special Forces Aviation Wing
Garrison/HQStirling Lines
Motto(s)Latin: Videmus Delemus
(Translation: "We see and destroy")[1]
Aircraft flown
HelicopterEurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin II
Westland Gazelle AH1

History

658 Squadron

No. 658 Squadron traces it lineage to the Royal Air Force No. 658 Squadron formed in April 1943 and disbanded in November 1955.[2]

No. 658 Squadron AAC was formed on 24 October 1969 at Minden as part of the 1 Division Aviation Squadron AAC.[3][4] The squadron later moved to Soest as part of 4 Regiment AAC and sometime later disbanded.[3] In 1978, the squadron was reformed as part of 7 Regiment AAC based at AAC Netheravon.[3] In April 1995, the squadron became a Territorial Army unit part of 7 Regiment AAC (Volunteers).[3]

On 1 April 2009, the Squadron was disbanded at Netheravon.[1]

8 Flight

8 Flight traces it lineage to the Royal Air Force No. 1908 AOP Flight formed on 31 December 1946, disbanded on 7 October 1955 and later reformed on 16 October that year.[5]

On 1 September 1957, 8 Flight AAC was formed as 8 Reconnaissance Flight with the transfer of No. 1908 AOP Flight based at RAF Idris in Libya to the newly formed Army Air Corps.[5] The flight relocated to Kenya where it was re-designated as 8 Flight AAC.[6][7] The flight subsequently relocated to Aden operating the Westland Scout helicopter.[7][8] The flight later deployed to Northern Ireland operating the Scout and Bell Sioux helicopters.[9] In 1984, the Agusta A109A helicopter entered service with the flight.[10][11] The flight operated a fleet of four A109As in civilian livery, two of which were captured from the Argentine forces in the Falklands War and allocated to the flight.[12][13] In the late 1990s, the flight relocated to AAC Netheravon.[7] In 2000, the flight relocated to Stirling Lines and begun operating the Westland Gazelle AH.1 helicopter.[7][14]

In 2001, the flight was incorporated into the Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing (JSFAW).[15] In 2008, the flight converted from the A109A to the Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin helicopter in civilian livery.[7][16]

Present day

On 1 September 2013, 8 Flight AAC was re-designated as 658 Squadron AAC.[1][17]

In June 2017, the squadron landed a Dauphin on London Bridge to provide support to the Metropolitan Police Service in response to the London Bridge terrorist attack.[18]

Aircraft operated

AircraftVariantIntroducedIn serviceNotes
Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin[17]II20086[19]
Westland Gazelle[17][14]AH1c. 2000

References

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  3. "658 Sqn Army Air Corps History". British Army. Archived from the original on 23 February 2007. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  4. "658 Squadron". British Army units from 1945 on. 30 June 2019.
  5. "Flight Histories - 1900 Series". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  6. Hickey, Colonel Michael (2013). "Air Op and the Army Air Corps, Post WW II" (PDF). Royal Air Force Historical Society. Windrush Group. 54. ISSN 1361-4231. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  7. "8 Flight AAC". British Army units from 1945 on. 10 February 2016.
  8. The Likes of Leicester by Ross Mallock (2013), p. 37, at Google Books
  9. Operation Banner: The British Army in Northern Ireland 1969 – 2007 by Nicholas van der Bijl at Google Books
  10. "Helicopters - Secretary of State for Defence - Column 1835W". www.parliament.uk. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  11. "Army Air Corps Augusta A109". British Army. Archived from the original on 22 June 2001.
  12. "Helicopters - Secretary of State for Defence - Column 1207W". www.parliament.uk. 27 June 2005. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  13. "World's Air Forces". Flight International. Flight Global. 30 November 1985. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  14. "Military Aircraft: Helicopters - Secretary of State for Defence - Column 2351W". www.parliament.uk. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  15. "JSFAW - Responsibilities and Composition". Royal Air Force. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014.
  16. Tim Ripley (10 December 2008). "UK Army Air Corps received Dauphins". Jane's Defence Weekly. 45 (50): 10.
  17. Gary Parsons (January 2014). "News briefs". AirForces Monthly. Stamford: Key Publishing: pg.7.
  18. Farmer, Ben (4 June 2017). "SAS 'Blue Thunder' helicopter team called in after London attack". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  19. Hoyle, Craig (4 December 2018). "World Air Forces 2018" (PDF). Flight International. Flight Global.
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