II Sqn RAF Regt History
II Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment
Squadron Battle Honours
Honours with the right to emblazonment:
EGYPT & LIBYA, 1940-1943
NORTH AFRICA, 1943
1st Standard Presented 25 November 1959 by ACM Sir Hubert Patch
2nd Standard Presented 5 June 1989 by ACM Sir Patrick Hine
The current Squadron badge differs from the II Armoured Car Company badge only in the words circumscribed around the emblem, which is a flying wheel viewed end on. The wheel is based on a wheel from a Rolls-Royce armoured car.
The original badge was approved by Edward VIII in October 1936, and the Armoured Car Company crest bears his original signature. The winged wheel was used by the unit for a considerable time previous to the regularisation.
The Early Years
Number 2 Armoured Car Company was formed on the 7 April 1922 at Heliopolis near Cairo. The companies were equipped with the Rolls Royce Type A armoured car and the Morris Wireless Tender. These vehicles were to serve with the Squadron until 1944. The Company was employed on convoy escort tasks, airfield defence, fighting reconnaissance patrols and screening operations. The Company performed well and became regarded as an asset to a force short of light reconnaissance forces. From the time of its formation, the Company was engaged in many actions. No II Armoured Car Company was incorporated into the RAF Regiment on 3 October 1946.
In July 1962 the Squadron became part of 38 Group and also gained an airborne assault role. 13 men, rapidly gaining the title of ‘the Dozy Dozen’, volunteered for parachute duties and the selection on ‘P’ Company. The course, run by the Parachute Regiment set extremely high standards which were expected from all combatant members of Airborne Forces. To increase the number of men passing ‘P’ Company, a Pre-Parachute Selection Course was introduced. This course was eventually found to be so demanding that its successful completion replaced the need to send men to ‘P’ Company. This course still runs to this day.
In March 1970 the Squadron became II Squadron RAF Regiment and with it there came further commitments.
Policing the Peace 1996-2001
- OPERATION RESOLUTE - YUGOSLAVIA 1996
In July 1996 II Squadron assumed responsibility for the defence of divisional assets in the Former Yugoslavia Republic (FYR). During the deployment the Squadron expanded its role in the theatre.
- OPERATION HELVIN - ALBANIA 1997
In 1997 the stability of Albania was shattered by civil unrest. II Squadron was tasked to supply a flight, to extract British nationals from Tirano Airport.
- OPERATION BOLTON - KUWAIT 1998
Relieving 34 Squadron RAF Regiment in June 1998, II Squadron assumed responsibility for the defence of the RAF detachment at Ali Al Salem.
- OPERATION AGRICOLA - KOSOVO 1999
II Squadron secured Pristina airfield by actively patrolling the towns and villages surrounding it, controlling the main roads on the approach to the airfield and policing and controlling inter-racial factions.
- OPERATION MAIDENLY - SIERRA LEONE 2001
In June 2001, II Squadron was tasked to conduct an estimate of the defensive requirements in Sierra Leone for a Special Air Operations detachment.
- OPERATION SILKMAN - SIERRA LEONE 2001
II Squadron contributed to the ongoing public information and capability demonstration within Sierra Leone, designed to reassure the law abiding locals of the continuing UK commitment to ensuring the stability within the region.
- OPERATION RESINATE (SOUTH) - KUWAIT 2001
II Squadron assumed the duties of Resident Field Squadron in Kuwait.
- OPERATION TELIC/ROW - IRAQ 2002
II Squadron deployed and found itself deployed across a 900 Km frontage in 3 countries: Jordan; Saudi Arabia; and the Iraqi Western Desert.
- OPERATION TELIC - IRAQ 2004
II Squadron was deployed in defence of Basra International Airport.
- OPERATION TELIC - IRAQ 2005
Once again II Squadron deployed as the Resident Field Squadron at Basra International Airport.
- OPERATION HERRICK – AFGHANISTAN 2006
II Squadron assumed the duties of Resident Field Squadron at Kandahar International Airport.
- OPERATION TELIC - IRAQ 2008
II Squadron deployed for its last time as the Resident Field Squadron at Basra International Airport.
- OPERATION HERRICK – AFGHANISTAN 2010
II Squadron once again assumed the duties of Resident Field Squadron at Kandahar International Airport.
- OPERATION HERRICK – AFGHANISTAN 2011
II Squadron assumed the duties of Resident Field Squadron at Camp Bastion.
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