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Westland Wessex Helicopter

The Wessex HU5 was designed as a commando-carrier assault helicopter. Capable of carrying 16 Royal Marines and their equipment, she entered service with the Royal Navy in 1964 and remained on the front line until 1986. Thereafter, she was employed in various secondary roles. Wessex XS511 was delivered to the RN in October 1964 and embarked on HMS Albion with No 848 Squadron; she served with this squadron either at sea or ashore until it disbanded in 1976. After further shore-based service at a variety of locations, she spent two years with No 845 Squadron before being retired from the front line in September 1986. Following 10 years at NAS Lee-on-Solent, she relocated to HMS Sultan before being loaned to the ATC and delivered to Tangmere for safe keeping in 2005.

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