230 Squadron

Providing tactical air-mobility.

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In front of a palm tree eradicated, a tiger passant guardant - approved by King George VI in February 1937. The badge commemorated the Squadron's association with Malaya, the travellers palm being a reference to the long flights so often undertake and the tiger is said to have been inspired by the labels on the bottles on the local Singaporean brew.


  • Based at RAF Benson, home to the RAF's Puma Force
  • Initially formed as a maritime reconnaissance unit
  • Aircraft flown include Sunderland I, Twin Pioneer, Whirlwind HAR10 and the Puma HC1
  • The dramatically upgraded Puma HC2 remains in great demand around the globe and on Operation TORAL in Afghanistan


1918 - Formed in Felixstowe.

1946 - Returned to the UK from Singapore.

1962 - Transformed to a helicopter unit with the arrival of its first Whirlwind.

1972 - Declared combat ready with the Puma HC1.

Battle honours

Home Waters 1918*

Mediterranean 1940-1943*

Egypt and Libya 1940-1943*

Greece 1940-1941*

Malta 1940-1942*

Eastern Waters 1943-1945*

North Burma 1944*

Burma 1945*

Gulf 1991

Iraq 2003-2011*

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


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