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9 Regiment Army Air Corps

Overview

 9 Regiment Army Air Corps, previously located at Dishforth, North Yorkshire, was formally disbanded in 2016 and officially removed from the Army ORBAT on 31 Jul 16. The Squadrons have been re-roled with the Wildcat Helicopter programme.

AAC badge 9 Regt

Squadrons

The following three Squadrons previously came under 9 Regiment Army Air Corps:

  • 659 Squadron Army Air Corps
  • 669 Squadron Army Air Corps
  • 672 Squadron Army Air Corps

History

9 Regiment Army Air Corps was re-established in 1988 as part of 24 Air Mobile Brigade, the predecessor to 16 Air Assault Brigade. In March 1988 planning began to locate the Regiment at the Royal Air Force site at Dishforth, North Yorkshire. In June 1988 the Regimental Headquarters was set up in Alanbrooke Barracks, Topcliffe. Co-located at this site were 3 Flight Army Air Corps. By January 1990 the Regiment was able to field the first Light Battlefield Squadron - the Regiment continued to expand and was able to field two full squadrons when 657 Squadron Army Air Corps, a former independent Squadron, arrived at Oakington in July 1990.

In February 1991 the Regiment, less 672 Squadron Army Air Corps, moved to Dishforth following completion of the first phase of the Dishforth refurbishment project. 672 Squadron Army Air Corps followed in in March 1992 and in 1992, 664 Squadron Army Air Corps joined the Regiment from Germany. In 1999 the Regiment became part of 16 Air Assault Brigade - formed on 1 September 1999 following the Strategic Defence Review. It was born of an amalgamation of elements of 5 Airborne Brigade and 24 Airmobile Brigade, bringing together the agility and reach of airborne forces with the potency of the attack helicopter.

In 2003 the Regiment was equipped with the Apache Attack Helicopter and in April 2004, 656 Squadron Army Air Corps commenced conversion to role training on the aircraft, completing this in October 2004. Following this, 664 Squadron Army Air Corps commenced conversion to role training, completing in May 2005. The Regiment received Operational Ready Status during Exercise Eagles Strike in June 2005 and 656 Squadron Army Air Corps joined forces with HMS Ocean to train as the maritime Squadron. Support to the Special Forces was provided by 664 Squadron Army Air Corps. In April 2006 the Regiment deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation HERRICK and members of 656 Squadron Army Air Corps participated in the rescue mission to recover a fallen Royal Marine colleague at Jugroom Fort during February 2007.

The Army Air Corps was restructured in 2007 into single type regiments and 656 and 664 Squadrons Army Air Corps, equipped with Apache were replaced with 659 and 669 Squadrons Army Air Corps, equipped with the Lynx aircraft. 9 Regiment Army Air Corps became the Light Utility Helicopter Regiment for 16 Air Assault Brigade but, in 2016, was formally disbanded and officially removed from the Army ORBAT on 31 Jul 16. The Squadrons have been re-roled into the Wildcat Helicopter programme. 

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