710 Naval Air Squadron

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710 Naval Air Squadron
Active1939-1943
1944-1945[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
BranchRoyal Navy
TypeSeaplane Squadron, Torpedo Training Squadron
Part ofFleet Air Arm
EquipmentSupermarine Walrus

710 Naval Air Squadron (710 NAS) was a Naval Air Squadron of the Royal Navy's Fleet Air Arm. 710 NAS was a seaplane squadron that was stood up at RNAS Lee on Solent on August 23, 1939.[2] They were equipped with the Supermarine Walrus flying boat and did multiple deployments onboard HMAS Albatross (1928), a seaplane tender.[2] They performed convoy escort, anti submarine patrols, and air sea rescue services in the Atlantic off the west coast of Africa and in the Indian Ocean, in addition to support roles like pulling target drogues for gunnery practice and aerial photography.[2] The squadron supported Allied landings during Battle of Madagascar in April and remained in the area through November. The squadron did some further work in the Indian Ocean but was eventually sent back to England where it was disbanded on October 14, 1943.[2] The squadron was reformed on October 7, 1944 on the Isle of Man as a torpedo training squadron equipped with Fairey Barracuda and Fairey Swordfish torpedo bombers. The squadron was finally disbanded at HMS Urley [RNAS Ronaldsway] on December 20, 1945.[2]

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  1. ^ Sturtivant, Ballance 1994, p. 32.
  2. ^ a b c d e "710 NAS Fleet Air Arm". www.wings-aviation.ch. Retrieved 2 February 2019.

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