Royal Navy Sea Harriers Retired
31 Mar 2006
A ceremony held at RNAS Yeovilton on Tuesday 28 March 2006 has marked the withdrawal from service of the Royal Navy's famous Sea Harrier FA.2 Jump-Jets.
The ceremony, which included a military parade and a flypast by the Sea Harriers of 801 Naval Air Squadron, the third and final Sea Harrier squadron to be de-commissioned at RNAS Yeovilton, was a hugely significant event for the Royal Navy, and particularly for RNAS Yeovilton.
Following the de-commissioning of 801 NAS at Yeovilton, 800 Naval Air Squadron will re-commission at RAF Cottesmore, equipped with the GR.7 version of the Harrier. In October 2006, 801 NAS will reform, also using the GR.7. Throughout 2006, Royal Navy fixed wing pilots will migrate further, onto the Harrier GR.9 and ultimately onto the Joint Combat Aircraft, which will begin the next generation of aircraft carriers HM Ships Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales.
Report by UK Ministry of Defence