202 Squadron

Delivers maritime, mountain, and search and rescue training to helicopter aircrew

Be always vigilant

A mallard alighting - approved by King George VI in March 1937.


  • Stationed at RAF Valley on Anglesey, supporting 1 Flying Training School
  • Operated as a search and rescue squadron for more than 50 years
  • Aircraft flown include the Short Sunderland, Consolidated Catalina, Handley Page Hastings, Westland Whirlwind and Sea King
  • Provides mountain, maritime and SAR training to helicopter aircrew with the Airbus Helicopters Jupiter


1914 - Formed at Eastchurch, as 2 Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service

1918 - Became 202 Squadron on the formation of the Royal Air Force

1939 - Began wartime anti-submarine flying-boat patrols from Gibraltar and Ireland

1946 - Re-equipped with the Handley Page Halifax as a weather reconnaissance squadron. Re-equipped with the Hastings in 1950

1964 - Disbanded and re-formed as a search and rescue unit, flying Westland Whirlwind helicopters. Re-equipped with the Sea King in 1978

2016 - Disbanded, but stood up again as 202 (Reserve) Squadron, a SAR training unit equipped with the Bell Griffin HT1

2018 - Re-equipped with the Jupiter

Battle honours

Western Front 1916-1918*

Atlantic 1939-1945*

Mediterranean 1940-1943*

North Africa 1942-1943

Biscay 1942-1943*

(Honours marked with an asterisk, may be emblazoned on the Squadron Standard)


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