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Squadron marches off into history at parade to mark disbandment at Wattisham Flying Station

Parade to mark the disbandment of 654 Squadron at Wattisham Flying Station

Parade to mark the disbandment of 654 Squadron at Wattisham Flying Station

A squadron which was formed in the Second World War and has served extensively in Afghanistan marched off into history at a celebration parade to mark its disbandment.

Nearly 100 soldiers marched for the last time as 654 Squadron at Wattisham Flying Station following a reorganisation of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps.

The restructuring, which is part of the Army 2020 reforms, will see 4 Regt AAC reduce from three to two squadrons.

An army spokesman said the soldiers will serve other squadrons within 4 Regt and go between other regiments at Wattisham and elsewhere.

During the event, 10 members of the squadron who were recently deployed to Afghanistan were presented with operational service medals.

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Bisset, commanding officer for 4 Regt AAC, said: “This parade has been a bittersweet occasion, mixing the sadness of 654 Squadron’s disbandment with a celebration of the regiment’s contribution to operations in Afghanistan. All who have served with 654 Squadron, dating back to its origins in the Second World War, can be hugely proud of their contribution.”

The 654 Sqn was formed in 1942, operating in North Africa and Italy. Since equipping with the Apache in 2007, the squadron has deployed to Afghanistan four times.

 

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