670 Squadron Army Air Corps is responsible for the Operational Training Phase (OTP) of the Army Pilots Course. This is the final phase of the course at the end of which students are awarded their Army Pilots Wings. The culmination of this phase of training is a week long exercise, Exercise Cobra Strike, which takes place in an unfamiliar location within the United Kingdom.
Phase 1 Training
Phase 1 training consolidates skills learnt on the Basic and Advanced Rotary Courses at the Defence Helicopter Flying School, Shawbury. These skills are developed and adapted to meet operational flying requirements. The Flight also introduces new skills such as mountain flying, low level map reading and direction of artillery fire.
Phase 2 Training
Phase 2 training conducts tactical flying down to ground level. Students are introduced to operating in patrols of two aircraft in simulated operational conditions by day and night and are also qualified on night vision goggles.
An additional, but equally important, role of the Squadron is to develop and upgrade newly qualified B2 qualified Helicopter Instructors to B1 qualified and beyond.
670 Squadron was formerly part of 343 Wing Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Airborne Assault Force, a glider squadron role, during the latter half of the Second World War.
670 Squadron was formed up as part of 343 Wing RAF on 14 December 1944 at Fatehjang, India, as a glider squadron with the intention of being used for airborne operations by South East Asia Command. 343 Wing RAF was comprised of three Squadrons:
668 Squadron RAF - formed at Culcutta on 16 November 1944, disbanded 10 November 1945.
669 Squadron RAF - formed at Basal on 17 November 1944, disbanded 10 November 1945.
670 Squadron RAF - formed at Fatehjang on 14 December 1944, disbanded 1 July 1946.
670 Squadron was derived from a combination of new RAF pilots and the experienced Glider Pilot Regiment (GPR) pilots from 10 Independent Squadron GPR. Initially they were equipped with Hadrian gliders and Dakota transport aircraft. Due to the lack of gliders the Squadron spent the majority of its time either training or carrying out parachute sorties. During this period they were stationed at Jodpur and Lalaghat, a United States Army Air Force base.
Both 343 and 344 Wing RAF were never used in an operational environment and were disbanded between October 1945 and July 1946. The majority of the manpower transferred to 670 Squadron prior to returning to the United Kingdom, via Palestine.
The Squadron was eventually disbanded in July 1946 however it reformed again in 1989, at Middle Wallop, where the Squadron carries out Operational Training for the Army Air Corps.
The Squadron badge is a cobra with wings, ready to strike.
Squadron motto - 'In silence we strike'.