Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 9°C


Gallery: Parade for soldiers of mothballed Apache helicopter squadron at Wattisham Airfield

18:33 08 July 2014

A reorganisation of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, which flies the Apache attack helicopter, has seen 654 Squadron mothballed. Photo: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC

A reorganisation of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, which flies the Apache attack helicopter, has seen 654 Squadron mothballed. Photo: Corporal Andy Reddy RLC

Crown Copyright 2014: This image may be used for current news purposes only.

Families of soldiers from an Apache squadron which saw extensive action in Afghanistan watched on with pride as they saw them awarded medals for their gallantry.


Members of 654 Squadron paraded for the last time in their group earlier today in a farewell event at Wattisham Airfield, near Needham Market.

A reorganisation of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps (4 Regt AAC), which flies the Apache attack helicopter, has seen the squadron mothballed.

But an army spokesman said the around 100 soldiers involved would be spread between other squadrons in 3 and 4 Regt AAC, both based at Wattisham and other bases around the UK.

Commanding officer of 4 Regt AAC, lieutenant colonel, Chris Bisset said: “This parade has been a bittersweet occasion, mixing the sadness of 654 Squadron’s disbandment with a celebration of the regiment’s contribution to operations in Afghanistan. Since it first deployed in 2006 the Apache has repeatedly proved its value, which is to the credit to our people working both in the air and on the ground.

“All who have served with 654 Squadron, dating back to its origins in the Second World War, can be hugely proud of their contribution. The reorganisation means that the regiment has retained its capabilities in a leaner structure and is fully ready to meet future operational challenges as part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, the British Army’s rapid reaction force.”

A total of 10 soldiers were given Operational Service Medals during the event which saw a flypast by an Auster aircraft and Gazelle, Lynx and Apache attack helicopters, which have all been flown on operations by 654 squadron since it was formed in 1942.


1 comment

  • well done all, hope you all find another placement nice to see the berets on neatly.all the best.

    Report this comment


    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The Hippodrome Theatre, St Nicholas Street, Ipswich, in April 1955. The show then was “Oh What a Night”. Many of the shows after World War Two were cheeky events with shows like ‘Strippingly Saucy” “We Couldn’t Wear Less” and “Hotter Than Paris”.

David Kindred recently asked readers for memories of the building in St Nicholas Street, Ipswich, which was built as the Hippodrome Theatre and became the Savoy bingo and dance hall.

Will  Ian Cumming be crowned Bake Off Champion 2015 tonight?

Tonight marks the grand final of the Great British Bake Off and viewers will watch as Ian Cumming, Nadiya Hussain and Tamal Ray battle it out for the Bake Off crown.

Ice skating could be coming to Felixstowe this Christmas.

Negotiations are taking place to see if an ice skating rink can be set up in Felixstowe town centre as part of the resort’s Christmas attractions.

Julie Harper, Hefin Jones, Melissa and Terry Purnell, David Twyman the team behind the reopening of the Three Mariners in Trimley St Mary

A village pub has been reopened after being bought by a group of business people with a heart for their community.

Pair claimed a neighbour in Wellington Street, Ipswich had a gun

A couple who sparked a full-scale armed police response over gun claims must pay £1,000 compensation to Suffolk Constabulary.

Enjoying the sun at Needham Lake

Dog walkers will have to keep their pets on leads at a popular tourist attraction in Suffolk from next year.

Joe Underwood outside the new wildlife education hut in Christchurch Park.

A new outdoor learning space in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park is set to improve knowledge of Suffolk’s wildlife.

The new electronic road sign in Rushmere

A new set of electronic traffic signs have been posted around Ipswich to help warn motorists of delays, roadworks and other essential travel information.

Call for tightening of UK border controls

Suffolk’s “horrified” Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has demanded EU border control reforms after a convicted paedophile banned from the UK was jailed again for returning to work with teenagers.

Bridge Farm Day Nursery in Martlesham is celebrating an ‘outstanding’ grade in its most recent Ofsted inspection

A day nursery is celebrating being given an outstanding grade by Ofsted at its most recent inspection.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages