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653 Squadron

Dates Location Higher Formation/Remarks
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. 653 Aviation Squadron ACC .
1958.05.11 Formed at Cyprus: Nicosia Auster AOP.6, Alouette
1961.03.09 Aden: Falaise Camp, Little Aden 8 and 13 Flights joined with Scout and Beaver
. 1965: Employed as HQ 3 Wing .
. 19 Oct 67: Disbanded .
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. 653 Aviation Squadron AAC .
1969.10 England: Netheravon. Refomed 3 Div Avn Regt:
. 21 Oct 70 - 19 Feb 71: Northern Ireland: Aldergrove .
. 14 Aug - 14 Dec 72: Northern Ireland: Aldergrove .
. 1 Jan 73: Regiment renamed 3 Regiment AAC and squadron renamed 653 Squadron AAC 3 Regiment AAC
. 17 Apr - 15 Aug 74: Northern Ireland: Aldergrove Scout Helicopter Detachment
. 15 Dec 75 - 12 Apr 76: Northern Ireland: Aldergrove .
1978.04.01 Retitled 658 Squadron AAC .
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. 653 Squadron AAC .
1978.04.01 Germany: Salamanca Barracks, Soest. Formed from 663 Sqn 3 Regiment AAC:
. 15 Aug - 15 Dec 78: Northern Ireland: Aldergrove .
. 11 Jun - 23 Oct 80: Northern Ireland: Aldergrove .
. 10 Oct 83 - 24 Feb 84: Northern Ireland: Aldergrove .
. 1 Aug - 1 Nov 85: Northern Ireland: Aldergrove .
1986 Northern Ireland: Aldergrove Gazelle AH.1
1993 England: Wattisham: Utility role 3 Regiment AAC: Lynx AH 9
. 2007: Squadron designated an Attack Helicopter Squadron and equipped with the Apache AH Mk1 battlefield helicopter .
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