Squadron History

2327 (Havant) Squadron Air Training Corps were formed on the 1st October 1958. The first Commanding Officer was Flt Lt Jaghen who commanded the Squadron for the first 18 months.

The reigns were then passed onto the next two Commanding Officers, legends in their own right, as they commanded the Squadron for 45 years between them.

Flt Lt Burt was the second Commanding Officer, who guided the Squadron for 21 years and moulded the third person, then a cadet, into the next Commanding Officer who would command the Squadron through one of its most successful periods.

Flt Lt Brian Swan, joint the Squadron, aged 13 years of age and has attained every rank you could as a cadet and member of staff. Turning 22, the then Cadet Warrant Officer Swan became a Civilian Instructor, then Adult Warrant Officer prior to gaining his commission. Flt Lt Brian Swan then took Command in 1981, the start of his 24 year reign. In this time the Squadron moved locations several times, with the final move in 2005 into brand new premises off Barncroft Way in Havant. The building was officially opened by Regional Commandant Group Captain Mike Remlinger. Flt Lt Swan then left the squadron, promoted to Squadron Leader and is now a member of the Wing Staff team. In 2007 he was named as the Squadron's President, the first VR(T) Officer who has held this position in the Air Training Corps.

The fourth Commanding Officer was Flt Lt James Noble, another Havant cadet, turned member of staff. Flt Lt Noble took over at the end of 2005 and led the squadron from strength to strength; winning the Wing Activities Day cup twice, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award three years in a row, the Sports shield for the first time in its history, and several cadets won national and region blues representing the Air Cadets at their chosen sport. Flt Lt Noble moved on to be the Wing Sports and Duke of Edinburgh's Award Officer in August 2012, handing over to Flt Lt Jo Tucker.

Flt Lt Jo Tucker took over the Squadron not only from another Squadron (Chichester) but also from another Wing, this being the first time in over 30 years the Squadron CO was not an ex-Cadet of the Squadron. In another first, Flt Lt Jo Tucker was the first female CO at the Squadron. Flt Lt Tucker only commanded the Squadron for 1 year, however this year was a very productive one with the Squadron winning Best Squadron in the Wing for 2013.

In September 2013 Flt Lt Mark Robinson, a transferee from Norfolk Wing took command. In his brief time as Commanding officer, Flt Lt Mark Robinson left his mark by completely restructuring the staff team and premises for the better. Flt Lt Robinson left in April 2014 due to a new love, his fiancée Roz - with their marriage in August and other pressures from work Flt Lt Robinson retired from the Air Cadets after 14 years of loyal service.

This meant a newly promoted Sqn Ldr James Noble returned to command for a second period. He continued with the restructure of the squadron and also got some ex-cadets to join the new staff team. The goal set for the current staff and cadets: WIN Wing Activities Day 2014!!!

During the years the Squadron has produced many Cadets who have gone on to highly successful careers in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. The picture to the left shows one of these, in this picture as CDT Butler, now Sqn Ldr Butler; an instructor flying Chinooks.

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