829 NAS

829 Naval Air Squadron

829 Naval Air Squadron decommissioned on the 28th March 2018 as the they merged with 814 NAS to create the biggest Merlin Mk2 helicopter Squadron that the Royal Navy has ever had.

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Unit History

In the Beginning..1940

Today’s 829 Naval Air Squadron is the fourth incarnation of a unit which traces its history back more than 70 years. The squadron began life in 1940 at RNAS Ford flying Fairey Albacore bombers.

New Squadron, New Battle Honours1940

In November they joined the carrier HMS Formidable in the Mediterranean and Middle East, hunting for the German cruiser Admiral Hipper and striking at targets in Italian-held Somaliland.

Battle Honours1941

Matapan 1941
Crete 1941
Mediterranean 1941

Invasion of Madagascar1942

Re-equipped with Swordfish and attached to HMS Illustrious the squadron subsequently took part in the invasion of Madagascar in 1942.

New Technology1943

Stood down in October 1942 it re-emerged 12 months later at HMS Daedalus as a torpedo-bomber reconnaissance unit operating Fairey Barracudas. It first struck at the German battleship Tirpitz.

Battle Honours1944

Norway 1944

After a 20 Year Absence1964

After a 20-year absence, 829 appeared once more in its longest incarnation, assuming its present-day role providing helicopter detachments for the Fleet in 1964.

Eliminating Saddam Hussein's Navy1991

Before it disbanded in 1994, it operated an asortment of Wasps, Whirlwinds and Wessex, and finally Lynx; the latter helped to eliminate Saddam Hussein’s Navy in the 1991 Gulf War.

The Third Incarnation1993

This third incarnation of the squadron came to an end in 1993 when 815 NAS took over parentage of all front-line Lynx ship’s flights.

Trafalgar Day2004

The squadron returned in its current form on Trafalgar Day 2004.

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