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84 Squadron 18 Jan 2015 19:49 #1

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A scan of a postcard. Caption reads;
84 SQUADRON WESSEX
A Wessex HC MK2 (XR522) of 84 Squadron RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus during wet winch training.

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Wessex XR522 still survives today having been sold to the Uraguy Air Force on its retirement from the RAF in 1997. It is now the gate guardian for Grupo 1 FAU at Carrasco air base, photo link;
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Uruguay---Air/Westland-Wessex-HC2/0662483/M/

In the photo above the shipwreck is the SS Three Stars that ran aground on 17 February 1967 at Episkopi Bay, near Akrotiri, Cyprus. Here is what it looked like when I visited the wreck on 16 September 2014.

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84 Squadron is still based at RAF Akrotiri and is still carrying out its Search & Rescue role, however the Wessex has long gone and has been replaced by the Bell Griffin Helicopter.

Here are two of the three that are based at Akrotiri on 21 August 2014, ZJ703 and ZJ704;

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And one I took of ZJ704 departing for a training flight on 20 October 2014;

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84 Squadron still proudly displays a Wessex at the HQ at Akrotiri, I took these photos on 6 November 2014;

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84 Squadron 20 Jan 2015 16:16 #2

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IIRC 84 Sqns Wessex were in fact mark 5s.

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84 Squadron 17 Oct 2016 19:40 #3

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Initially, true but the squadron reequipped with Mk 2's as shown in the photos the smaller escape windows and fuselage aerial being a good give away.

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improvise, adapt, overcome

84 Squadron 03 May 2018 15:40 #4

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Here is 84 Squadron in Shaibah in 1938.

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