January
Special
Kabul, Afghanistan to Abingdon, UK
Fg Off CF Clark plus 1. Recovery of a Hawker Hind
from Afghanistan for the RAF Museum
January
Glasgow Housing
Emergency
Wyton to Abbotsinch, Scotland
Fg Off Robbie James plus 7. Airlift of tarpaulins from
Wyton to Glasgow. (Because of the extreme weather
conditions only 2 Argosy sorties out of 10 were
achieved)
January
Special
St Mawgan, UK
Fg Off John Beadman plus 3. Move of torpedoes from
UK mainland to Ballykelly in Northern Ireland
January
Exercise Bright Water
UK to Winnipeg, Canada
Fg Off John Furney, Plt Off Chris Hyland plus 4.
Deployment of 1RHA and 1BN Somerset & Cornwall
Light Infantry from UK to Canada
February
Special
West Raynham, UK to Germany
FS Dave Eggleton plus 2. Uplift of pax and freight from
Norfolk to Germany in Andover Flt No 4907
February
Special
Albert Plesman, Curacao to Ballykelly,
Northern Ireland
FG Off Worsley plus 5. Recovery of u/s Griffon engine
from Shackleton in Curacao and return to Ballykelly,
Northern Ireland
February
Special
Lisbon, Portugal to St Mawgan, UK
Fg Off Dave Powell plus 5. Recovery of u/s Griffon Aero
Engine from Portugal and delivery to St Mawgan
utilising Argosy Flt 4549
February
Exercise Arabian
Goddess
Benson, UK to Vaerlose, Denmark and
return
Plt Off Charles Clark plus 5. Deployment of Advance
party of 2 Div (UK) to Denmark and recovery of Advance
party of 3Bn Royal Danish Lifeguards back to the UK.
Argosy Tasks 4253/4/5
March
Exercise Thirsty
Catapult
West Raynham, UK
FS J Pirie plus 5. Recovery of personnel and equipment
of 54 Sqn (Hunters) from Germany using Britannia
Tasks 6543/6544
March
Belfast Trainer
New York, NY USA to UK
Plt Off CF Clark plus 2. Collection of freight from USA
for UK
March
Special
Odiham, UK
FS Al Storey plus 2. Deployment of personnel and
equipment of 230 Squadron (Whirlwind) to Wittering
on Argosy Task 4044
22 March
Torrey Canyon Oil
Disaster
Scotland
1 team deploy to Edinburgh to onmove oil
dispersement equipment
March
Special
Gutersloh, Germany to Rygge, Norway
Flt Lt J Binns plus 4. Deployment of personnel and
equipment of 4 Squadron (Hunters) from Gutersloh to
Norway
April
Special
Bassingbourn/Valley
Plt Off Wiblin plus 1, Fg Off Nigel Sanders plus 1.
Conveying civic Dignitaries to Valley utilising two
Andovers to attend RAF 50th Anniversary Dinner
April
Exercise Parula
Odiham
Fg Off Chris Heyland plus 5. Deployment of Wessex
helicopters to El Adem on Belfast tasks 6909 & 6910
April
Exercise Nudge
Freetown, Sierra Leone to Luqa, Malta
Flt Lt D Edwards plus 5. Recovery of equipment of the
Gambia Survey team from Sierra Leone to Luqa, Malta
April
Exercise Parula
Lossiemouth, Scotland
FS Bill Pirie plus 4. Deployment of personnel and
equipment of 801 RNAS (Buccaneers) from Scotland to
El Adem, Libya
April - May
El Adem and Got-El-Afrag, Libya
Squadron Leader Bill Jacobs, OC UKMAMS, an HQ
element and 4 Teams deployed to Malta, in addition to
two teams that were deployed to El Adem, to provide
Air Movements facilities for the annual Joint Exercise
Crayon (previously named Parula).
May
Special
Waddington, UK
Sgt Roy Armstrong plus 2. Deployment of No 1
Regional Band (RAF) to Aldergrove on Argosy Task
4542
May
Special
Oerland, Norway to Kinloss, Scotland
Fg Off Jim Stewart plus 2. Recovery of a Griffon Power
plant (Shackleton) from Norway to Kinloss, Scotland on
Argosy Task 4010
28-30 May
Operation Ephod
Bermuda
1 team deployed with 1st Battalion Royal Inniskillings
to Bermuda to maintain civil order after riots
June
Special
Thorney Island, UK
Fg Off David Powell plus 2. Loading of classified freight
at Thorney Island for RAF Luqa, Hercules Task 5004
June
Exercise Medtacex
Elefsis, Greece to Ballykelly, Northern
Ireland
Flt Lt EM Coombes plus 5. Recovery of coastal
Command personnel and equipment from Royal
Hellenic Air Force Elefsis to Ballykelly of Belfast Task
6923
June
Conductor
Berlin to Wildenrath, Germany
Flt Lt K P Murphy plus 5. Recovery of two Army Air
Corps Scout helicopters from Berlin to Wildenrath on
Argosy Task 4358
July
Special
Shawbury, UK to Nicosia, Cyprus
Flt Lt K Murphy plus 5. Deployment of CPN4 radar
system from UK to Nicosia on Belfast Task 6752
July
Exercises Potton and
Forefinger
UK to Gutersloh, Germany and El
Adem, Libya and return
Positioning of 1Bn Royal Scots from UK to El Adem via
Germany and recovery of 3Bn Queens Regt from El
Adem to Gutersloh. VC10 Tasks 2642/6, Belfast Task
6927 and Britannia Tasks 6688/9/90/91
7-29 July
Operation Rustle
Northern Norway
 
July
Exercise Carter Paterson
Keevil, UK
A joint 3 Division/38Gp exercise sponsored by MOD
(AIR) to practice Airhead unloading/loading techniques
adopted by the Air Transport Development Unit (ATDU).
Squadron Ldr W Jacobs (OC) plus 5 Officers and 31
Airmen
July
Exercise Monte Bianco
Turin, Italy to UK
Plt Off C F Clark, Plt Off A Caird plus 1. Recovery of
Army personnel from Italy to UK after adventure
training in the Italian Alps
August
Exercise Maple Ranger
Scampton, UK to Toronto, ON, Canada
Fg Off David Benson plus 2. Deployment of personnel
and freight in support of Toronto Air Show. Britannia
Task 6406, Herc Task 3217 and VC10 2746
August
Exercise Street
UK to Nairobi, Kenya
Fg Off Jim Stewart plus 2. Airlift of Strategic Command
personnel from UK to Kenya. VC10 Task 2652
August
Exercise Viking Ship
Scotland to Stavangar, Norway and
return
Fg Off P A Wiblin plus 5. Deployment of personnel and
equipment of 51 (Highland) Div from Scotland to
Norway and recovery of elements of the Norwegian
Defence Force from Norway to Scotland. Britannia Task
6520
September
Exercises Sane and
Incumbent
UK to Kingston, Jamaica
Fg Off RG Clarke plus 2. Deployment of 1Bn Yorks and
Lancs Regt from UK to Kingston, Jamaica
September
Exercise Swap
Bishops Court, UK
Tactical airlift of personnel between Colerne, Lyneham,
Benson, Abingdon and Bishops Court
September
Exercise Agent
UK to Belize
Flt Lt EM Coombs plus 2. Positioning of personnel and
equipment of 1 Bn Green Howards
October
Exercise Street
Embakasi, Kenya to UK
Flt Lt JP Murphy plus 8. Recovery of 1Bn Royal Welsh
Fusiliers Nairobi to UK utilising VC10, Britannia and
Hercules
October
Exercise Pond Jump
East
Fredericton, NB, Canada to Ballykelly
UK
FS Al Storey plus 2. Recovery of 2Bn Queens Regiment
from Fredericton to Londonderry
October
Exercise Attract
Luqa, Malta to Accra, Ghana and return
Fg Off DJ Powell plus 5. Recovery of personnel and
equipment of 1 Bn Welch Regt from Accra to Luqa and
recovery of units of Ghanian Defence force from Luqa
to Accra. Britannia tasks 6591/2 and Herc task 3292

October
Special
West Raynham, UK to Nicosia, Cyprus
Fg Off PA Wiblin plus 5. Deploying 6 x Bloodhound
missiles from UK to Nicosia on Belfast task 6785
November
Exercise Bitter Breath
Tangmere, UK to Brize Norton, UK
Fg Off Jim Stewart plus 4. Move of TCW freight form
Tangmere to Brize Norton on Argosy task 4579
November
Exercise Diagonal
UK to El Adem, Libya
Fg Off Charlie Clarke plus 5. Deployment of Air
despatch equipment to Libya utilising Herc, Argosy and
Andover aircraft
November
Special
Benson, UK to Topcliffe, UK
FS John Evans plus 2. Move of AR1 radar from Benson
to Topcliffe utilising Argosy task 4041
November
Exercise Diagonal
El Adem, Libya to RAF Benson, UK
Fg Off Dave (Dizzy) Benson plus 5. Recovery of exercise
personnel and equipment of Air Support Command
from Libya to RAF Benson
November
Exercise Eden Apple
Yeovilton, UK
Flt Lt EM Coombs plus 5. Recovery of personnel and
equipment of 899 RNAS (Buccaneers) from Sardinia to
UK. Argosy tasks 4264/5/6
November
Special
UK to Naples Italy and Luqa, Malta and
return
Fg Off David Benson plus 2. Positioning and recovery of
Valetta Engine in Italy and misc freight to Malta.
Argosy task 4045
December
Exercise Polevault
Belize, British Honduras to UK
Fg Off (Dangerous) Wiblin plus 5. Recovery of
personnel and equipment of the Royal Engineers from
Belize to UK
December
Special
Brize Norton, UK to Idris, Libya
Flt Lt J Murphy plus 2. Positioning of personnel and
equipment of the Ministry of Information from Brize
Norton to Tripoli, Libya utilising Belfast task 6798
December
Special
Laarbruch, Germany to Ghedi, Italy
FS W Pirie plus 2. Positioning of personnel and
equipment from Laarbruch and 71MU to Italy on
Argosy task 4404
December
Special
Cottesmore, UK to Akrotiri, Cyprus and
return
Fg Off Jimmy Stewart plus 4. Rotation of Redbeard
weapons and associated equipment between UK and
Cyprus