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671 Sqn AAC

671 Squadron Army Air Corps is part of 7 (Training) Regiment Army Air Corps, located at the Army Aviation Centre, Middle Wallop. The Squadron is co-located with 670 Squadron Army Air Corps and 673 Squadron Army Air Corps.

The Squadron's role is to conduct Conversion to Type training on the Lynx, Gazelle and Bell 212 for graduates of the Operational Training Phase and students on the Aviation Crewman course alongside Conversion to Role training for the Lynx Mk7.

Training

Conversion to Type training on the Lynx, Gazelle and Bell 212 takes 11, 10 and 12 weeks respectively. Lynx Conversion to Role (CTR) takes a further 12 weeks encompassing detachments to Kirkcudbright Ranges (air live firing), RAF Valley (mountain flying) and Europe for a navigation exercise. The final exercise for CTR training, Exercise Tiger's Revenge, is based in North Yorkshire.

Squadron History

671 Squadron was formed up as part of 344 Wing Royal Air Force on 31 December 1944 at Bikram, India, as a glider squadron with the intention of being used for airborne operations by South East Asia Command. The Squadron was equipped with Hadrian gliders and Dakota transport aircraft and a small number of De Havilland Tiger Moths that were used for pilot training.

344 Wing RAF was comprised of three Squadrons:

671 Sqn RAF – formed at Bikram on 31 December 1944, disbanded 25 October 1945.
672 Sqn RAF – formed at Bikram on 16 November 1944, disbanded 1 July 1946.
673 Sqn RAF – formed at Bikram on 1 January 1945, disbanded 25 October 1945.

671 Squadron continued to train, as part of No. 344 Wing RAF, until the surrender of Japan, when it became surplus to requirement. Both 343 and 344 Wing RAF were never used in operations and were disbanded between October 1945 and July 1946. The majority of the manpower transferred to 670 Squadron, part of 343 Wing RAF, prior to returning back to the United Kingdom via Palestine. 

The Squadron badge is comprised of crossed swords, representing the Army and a tiger which represents the Squadron's service in India. The motto Vafre Ac Furtim (Cunning and Stealth) reflects the role of the Squadron in training for aircraft fire missions.

The Squadron was reformed on the 1 April 1986 at the School of Army Aviation, Middle Wallop, as Flying Wing – an element of 2 (Training) Regiment Army Air Corps. Flying Wing reformed as 7 (Trg) Regt AAC within the School of Army Aviation (SAAvn), Middle Wallop, on the 1 April 2009. SAAvn was retitled the Army Aviation Centre on 1 August 2009.

Squadron badge

Squadron motto – ‘Vafre ac furtim’ or ‘Smart and unseen’.
Squadron badge heraldry – A tiger pierced crosswise with a sword and a sabre.