201 Squadron

A maritime reconnaissance squadron based in Scotland.

Here and Everywhere

A seagull, wings elevated and addorsed - approved by King Edward VIII in May 1936.


201 Squadron is a maritime reconnaissance Squadron based at RAF Lossiemouth, having originally formed as a Royal Naval Air Service fighter squadron.  The Squadron currently operate the P-8A Poseidon, but previous aircraft include the Supermarine Southampton, Shorts Sunderland, Avro Shackleton, and Nimrod MR1 and MR2.


1914 - Formed as 1 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service, before becoming 201 Squadron RAF in 1918

1915 - Sub-Lieutenant R. A. J. Warneford Royal Navy was awarded the Victoria Cross while flying with the Squadron

1929 - Reformed at RAF Calshot as a flying boat squadron, a role it would continue with for 28 years

1970 - Began flying the Nimrod MR.1. and later MR2.

2010 - Stood down operationally, with the Squadron being disbanded the following year.

2021 - Stood up at RAF Lossiemouth to fly the P-8A Poseidon.

Battle honours

Western Front 1915–1918*


 Ypres, 1917*

Somme, 1918*


Hindenburg Line

Channel & North Sea, 1939–1945

Norway, 1940*

Atlantic, 1941–1945*


Biscay, 1941 1945

Normandy, 1944*

South Atlantic, 1982

Gulf, 1991

Iraq, 2003

Afghanistan 2001 - 2014

Honours marked with an asterisk(*) are those emblazoned on the Squadron Standard


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