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679 Squadron Army Air Corps

Apache on he dispersal at Middle Wallop

679 (The Duke of Connaught's) Squadron Army Air Corps is located in Hampshire (Portsmouth and Middle Wallop), created by the renaming of 655 Squadron Army Air Corps and the subsequent transfer of D Company 3 Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment to the Corps. The Squadron is paired with the Army Aviation Centre at Middle Wallop where it provides ground support to the Apache. The Squadron address is:

679 (Duke of Connaught's) Squadron Army Air Corps
Army Reserve Centre
Peronne Close
Portsmouth
Hants
PO3 5LG

Telephone: 02392 675842 (Mon, Wed and Thurs 08:30-16:30 / Tues 13:30-21:30 / Fri 08:30-12:30)
Recruiting Office: 6AAC-679-RRMT1@mod.uk
Parade night: Tuesday 19:30-21:30

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679 (Duke of Connaught's) Squadron Army Air Corps
Army Aviation Centre
Middle Wallop
Stockbridge
Hampshire
SO20 8DY

Telephone: 01264 784719 (Mon, Wed and Thurs 08:30-16:30 / Tues 13:30-21:30 / Fri 08:30-12:30)
Recruiting Office: 6AAC-679-RRMT2@mod.uk
Parade night: Tuesday 19:30-21:30

Squadron History

The historical linkage started with The 3rd Hampshire Volunteer Battalion in 1860 which in 1908 became the 6th (Duke of Connaught Own) Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. 1/6th (Duke of Connaught's Own) Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment was a battalion of the Territorial Force, based in Portsmouth as part of Wessex Division. Just before the First World War war broke out in August 1914 the units of the Division gathered on Salisbury Plain for their annual summer camp and orders arrived for precautionary measures to be taken. On 3rd August they broke camp and moved to take up defensive positions at the ports. The division was mobilised for full time war service on 6th August and by 10th August had returned to Salisbury Plain to prepare for service overseas. The Wessex Division was ordered to India to replace British and Indian regular army units who were to be deployed to the Western Front. They sailed from Southampton on 19th October, via Malta and Suez, arriving at Karachi on 11th November 1914. They served in India until September 1917 when they were sent to Basra to join 52nd Brigade, 17th Indian Division. They remained in Mesopotamia for the duration of the conflict.

In 1938 they were split to become two Anti-Tank Regiments of the Territorial Army (TA) and then in 1948 they were merged back into a single Anti-Tank Regiment. They then became a light Regiment RA TA, then a Field Regiment RA TA and following the 1967 defence review, they became B Company, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Territorials and were promptly reduced to a cadre in 1969. So they remained until 1971, when they became A (DCO) Company, 2nd Battalion, The Wessex Regiment, in 1992 they became C (DCO) Company, 6th/7th Battalion, The Princess of Wales's Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshire's) and, finally, in 1999, C (Duke of Connaught's Own, PWRR) Company, The Royal Rifle Volunteers. In 2005 the Company was reassigned to come under command of the 3 Battalion The Princess of Wales's Regiment. During this time many soldiers from the company have served on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan doing frontline tasks alongside their regular counterparts.

As a result of the Army’s restructuring on 1st April 2014 the Company will again change roles. We are now moving to another major and exciting role, becoming 679 (Duke of Connaught’s) Squadron within 6 Regiment Army Air Corps. This new role sees us re-training to become competent in the skills required to work with the helicopter fleet of the Army Air Corps. We will continue to be soldiers first and foremost and have now the best of both worlds by being able to combine our ground crew and soldiering skills in support of front line helicopter support airframes.

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