Squadron whose exploits are beautifully depicted in this latest stamp issue,
dates back to 1914 when it formed as No 1 Squadron, Royal Naval Service before
becoming No 201 Squadron when the RAF was founded in 1918.
From the late 1920's to modern times, 201 has been a very
active Squadron. Special prominence is given to the link between 201 and the
Island of Guernsey, a link forged in the dark days just before the Second World
War. In 1994, as part of their 80th anniversary celebrations, the Squadron was
granted The Privilege of Guernsey.
The Squadron, nicknamed
‘Guernsey’s Own,’ had a distinguished record flying fighter aircraft and was
the first to fly the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod, the world’s first all-jet maritime
The Nimrod MR2 is depicted on the miniature sheet and the
first of the set of six stamps, added to its traditional roles of deep-water
Anti Submarine and Anti Surface Warfare and proved to be a valuable asset in a
variety of new arenas, including over-land operations. It also specialised in
maritime reconnaissance, part of which involved Search and Rescue operations
flown by the Squadron from their base at RAF Kinloss.
Squadron disbanded in 2011 after the cancellation of the Nimrod MRA4, the MR2’s
replacement, but will be back in action from 2021 flying the new P-8
anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft, part of the next generation Royal Air