1700 Naval Air Squadron

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1700 Naval Air Squadron
Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg
Naval Ensign
ActiveNovember 1944 - 1946
2017 -Present
Country United Kingdom
BranchFleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy
RoleAmphibian bomber reconnaissance
Battle honoursBurma 1945
Lt(A) A B Edgar RNVR

1700 Naval Air Squadron of the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy was formed in November 1944 at RNAS Lee-on-Solent as an amphibian bomber reconnaissance squadron.[1] It was equipped with the Supermarine Sea Otter, and the squadron joined HMS Khedive in January 1945 bound for Sulur in India. On arrival the Sea Otters were augmented with Supermarine Walrus amphibian aircraft.[1]

The squadron's aircraft were distributed among the escort carriers of the Far East Fleet for air sea rescue and minesweeping duties. By April 1945 aircraft of the squadron were serving in HM Ships Stalker, Hunter, Khedive, Emperor, Ameer, Attacker and Shah.[1] July saw operations at Car Nicobar, and off Phuket Island.[2]

Present day[edit]

On 31 October 2017, the Maritime Aviation Support Force (MASF) at RNAS Culdrose was recommissioned as 1700 Naval Air Squadron. The unit provides personnel and naval aviation support to operations for ships and land bases globally.[3]

Aircraft flown[edit]

1700 Naval Air Squadron flew 2 different aircraft types:


  1. ^ a b c "1700 NAS at the Fleet Air Arm Archive website". Retrieved 2010-02-02.
  2. ^ Brown, J. D. (May 2009). Carrier Operations in World War II. Seaforth Publishing. p. 91. ISBN 9781848320420.
  3. ^ "Maritime Aviation Support Unit becomes 1700 Squadron". Royal Navy. 2 November 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.

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