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.

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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.


1915 - 1918*   Western Front

1917*   Arras

1917*   Ypres

1918*   Somme

1918   Amiens

1918   Hindenburg Line

1939 - 1945   Channel & North Sea

1940*   Norway

1941 - 1945*   Atlantic

1941 - 1945*   Bismarck

1941 - 1945   Biscay

1944*   Normandy

1982   South Atlantic

1991   Gulf

2003   Iraq

2001 - 2014   Afghanistan

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