Army air Corps Squadron 657
657 Sqn developed their special forces support role in the late nineties, culminating in its move to Odiham from Dishforth Airfield. AAC 657 Sqn operate Lynx AH.7, and more recently, MK9a helicopters in support of UKSF. The Lynx is a dual role attack/utility helicopter also once operated by the Commando Helicopter Force (the CHF have now transitioned to the Wildcat AH.1)
657 Squadron Operations
- September 2000 - 2 Lynx helicopters from AAC 657 Sqn supported the SAS/SBS/1 PARA rescue mission, Operation Barras, in Sierra Leone, 2000. Armed with M134 miniguns, the Lynx helicopters provided close air support, pouring suppressive fire onto the enemy below.
- 2001-Present - with UKSF heavily engaged in both Afghanistan and Iraq, it is almost certain that 657 Squadron have been supporting SAS and SBS operations in both theatres. A couple of likely incidents which involved 657 Sqn helicopters are 2 recent SBS actions in Afghanistan:
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