Air Sea Rescue
The 14th August 2015 marked the end of an era for the RAF Search and Rescue operations at Wattisham Flying Station, when the RAF handed over responsibility from 22 Squadron B Flight to the private company Bristow who will carry out search and rescue operations from their base at London Ashford Airport near Dungeness Airport in Kent.
The RAF used to maintain a presence at Wattisham with B Flight, 22 Squadron who moved to Wattisham in June 1994 from RAF Manston The Squadron was equipped with 2 Sea King Mk 111 helicopters in the Search & Rescue role.
The Sea King has been at Wattisham since 1994 and B Flight have flown over 3000 life saving missions.
There are also RAF Survival Equipment Fitters that are attached to the Army Air Corps.
The Sea Kings flew out of Wattisham for the very last time on the 18th August 2015.