771 Naval Air Squadron
771 Naval Air Squadron (771 NAS) was a Fleet Air Arm squadron that specialised in Search and Rescue (SAR) operations.
The squadron was based at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall, from where it flew up to 8 Sea King Mk5 helicopters on SAR missions, covering Cornwall, The Scilly Isles, the Western English Channel and the Western Approaches, an area which reaches out some 200 nautical miles. 771 NAS' motto was 'non nobis solum - not unto us alone'.
Maritime Counter Terrorism (MCT) Flight
711 NAS also had a Maritime Counter Terrorism (MCT) role. The squadron's MCT Flight was trained to rapidly deploy UKSF MCT teams onto maritime objectives, both static and moving, via fast-rope. The squadron had developed the use of Night Vision Goggles (NVG) for both SAR and MCT operations, the latter including close formation flying on NVGs.
771 NAS completed their last Search and Rescue shift on the 31st of December, 2015. Its SAR duties were handed off to private contractors. The squadron was subsequently disbanded and its helicopters sold off.
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