Friday, 24 September 2021

Reservist squadron marks 20 years of operational support

A SQUADRON based at RAF Benson has celebrated 20 years of operational support.

A SQUADRON based at RAF Benson has celebrated 20 years of operational support.

The 606 (Chiltern) Squadron was formed in 1996 as the Helicopter Support Squadron and was given the mantle 606 (Chiltern) Squadron three years later.

The anniversary was marked with a parade of more than 50 squadron personnel in front of the officers’ mess attended by the Air Officer Commanding No 22 (Training) Group, Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Turner.

Also in attendance were Air Vice-Marshal Lord Beaverbrook, the Commandant General of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, Gp Capt Gavin Hellard, inspector of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, honorary inspector generals of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, Air Marshal Ian Macfadyen and Air Vice-Marshal Barry Newton,as well as the master and clerk for the Worshipful Company of Lightmongers and representatives from the South-East Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.

Since its formation, the squadron has seen hundreds of personnel deployed on operations and exercises around the world, supporting Chinook, Puma, Merlin, Apache, Lynx, Gazelle and Sea King helicopters.



Over the last two decades, reservists from 606 Squadron have served in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in Morocco and America.



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