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Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve Summer Camps

Another feature of those years was the annual migration of UK-based Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) Air Divisions to Hal Far for periods of intensive flying, taking advantage of the ideal weather and the willing co-operation of the ships of the Mediterranean fleet. The Divisions usually stayed for a fortnight during which they carried out a varied programme of training including live depth charges dropping, live armament practice and rocket firing on the uninhabited islet of Filfla, and hide and seek exercises with RN submarines in which aircraft sought out and shadowed the underwater 'raiders' and finally carried out mock attacks if they managed to find them. Several units used HMS Falcon (Hal-Far airfield) for these annual summer camps, which started in 1950, stopped in 1951, and continued from 1952 to 1956, after which the RNVR squadrons were disbanded on 10 March 1957 as part of the defence cuts.
        
 

NAS: 1830

Date: 30 Jul – 10 Aug 1950

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
F. Firefly FR.1   RNAS Abbotsinch  


Date: 24 Aug – 5 Sept 1953

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
F. Firefly FR.5   RNAS Abbotsinch  
F. Firefly AS.6   RNAS Abbotsinch  


Date: 8 - 21 May 1955

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
F. Firefly FR.5   RNAS Abbotsinch  
F. Firefly AS.6   RNAS Abbotsinch  

        
 

NAS: 1831

Date: 19 - 30 May 1952

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
H. Sea Fury FB.11   RNAS Stretton  


Date: 20 Aug - 3 Sept 1954

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
H. Sea Fury FB.11   RNAS Stretton  

        
 

NAS: 1832

Date: 7 – 12 Jun 1952

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
H. Sea Fury FB.11   RNAS Culham  

        
 

NAS: 1833

Date: 4 – 18 Sept 1954

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
H. Sea Fury FB.11   RNAS Bramcote  

        
 

NAS: 1840

Date: 9 – 23 May 1954

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
F. Firefly AS.6   RNAS Ford  

        
 

NAS: 1841

Date: 22 Aug - 5 Sept 1954

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
F. Firefly FR.1   RNAS Stretton  


Date: 31 May - 10 Jun 1955

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
F. Firefly AS.6   RNAS Stretton  


Date: 22 Jun – 6 Jul 1956

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
Gr. Avenger AS.5   RNAS Stretton  

        
 

NAS: 1842

Date: 8 – 22 May 1954

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
F. Firefly AS.6   RNAS Ford  

        
 

NAS: 1843

Date: 23 Aug - 4 Sept 1953

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
F. Firefly FR.5   RNAS Abbotsinch  
F. Firefly AS.6   RNAS Abbotsinch  


Date: 8 - 20 May 1955

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
F. Firefly FR.5   RNAS Abbotsinch  
F. Firefly AS.6   RNAS Abbotsinch  

        
 

NAS: 1844

Date: 4 – 17 Sept 1954

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
F. Firefly FR.5   RNAS Bramcote  


Date: 22 Aug - 2 Sept 1955

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
F. Firefly FR.5   RNAS Bramcote  


Date: 29 Jul - 10 Aug 1956

AIRCRAFT SERIAL BASE NOTES
Gr. Avenger AS.5   RNAS Bramcote  

        
 
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