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HMS Bulwark
        
 

24 March 1960

At this time, Bulwark was Britain’s first helicopter carrier.

Departure dates unknown, but operating off Malta on 25th April with Whirlwind helicopters.
        
 

__ July 1969

Wessex helicopters airlifted equipment from the carrier to Hal-Far on 18th June. Date of entry into Grand Harbour unknown, but departed on the 31st.
        
 

Oct – Nov 1970

The following Wessex HU.5s were based at RAF Luqa between 20th Oct and 2 Nov, which presumably, was her sailing date from Malta.

These are not necessarily complete lists of Bulwarks helicopter compliment, but what was noted by spotters at the time.

SERIAL SQUADRON NOTES
XS480/C, XS483/F, XS514/M, XT465/B, XT451/J, XT454/L, XT456/N XT763/T    


        
 

Nov 1970

Bulwark again entered Grand Harbour on the 10th. Sailing date unknown.


TYPE SERIAL SQUADRON NOTES
W. Wessex HU.5 XS490/G*, XS493/R**, XS514/M*, XS516/U**, XT449/H*, XT456/N* 845 * Seen at RAF Luqa. ** Noted on carrier’s deck.


        
 

Jan 1972

The following helicopters were seen at RAF Luqa between the 18th and 27th.


AIRCRAFT SERIAL SQUADRON NOTES
W. Wasp HAS.1 XV638/O   Helicopter visited RAF Luqa on several occasions.
W. Wessex HU.5 XT454/L, XT460/Y-T/B, 845  
W. Wessex HU.5 XT461/X-C/CU, _____/X-G/CU 846  


        
 

27 March 1975

Bulwark entered Grand Harbour for a three-week visit.

No aircraft details at this time.
        
 
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