January
Special
UK to Karachi, Pakistan
FS Brian Clarke plus 2. Deployment of Royal Navy
Engineering Team plus spares to Pakistan to carry out an
engine change on the frigate HMS Nottingham
January
Exercise Rocky Lance
UK to Muscat, Oman
Cpl Brian Harper plus 2. Deployment of 1Bn Scots Guards
to Oman
January
Exercise Orang Utang
Brunei
Sgt Derek Barron plus 2. Deployment of Ghurkas within the
Far East
February
Exercises Red Flag and
Green Flag
Offutt AFB, NE, USA to UK
Fg Off Rich Green plus 2. Recovery of personnel and
equipment of 57 Squadron (Victors) from Nebraska to UK
February
Exercise Trumpet Dance
UK to Seattle, WA, USA
Fg Off Simon Baxter plus 2. Deployment of 1Bn Royal
Anglians to USA
March
Exercise Rum Punch
UK to Homestead AFB, FL and
thence to Patrick AFB, Cape
Canaveral and Andros
Fg Off Andy Kime plus 5. Deployment of 42 Squadron
(Nimrods) to Florida in support of torpedo trials. (n.b.
Homestad AFB was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in the
90s). After the Ex Rum Punch deployment the team went on
to Patrick AFB to complete the AUTEC detachment,
operating an Andover (The Princess) between Patrick AFB,
Cape Canaveral and Andros
March
Special
Lyneham to Gardermoen and
Tromso, Norway
Fg Off Richard Green, Flt Sgt's Tony Last and John Cooper,
Cpl Martin Turner, Cpl S Woodcock, SAC Gonzo Burke
March
Special
Lyneham to Bardufoss, Norway
and Wittering, UK
Flt Sgt Tony Last, Cpl Al Connell
March
Exercise Green Flag
Nellis AFB, NV, USA to
Honington, UK
Wg Cdr Bob Dixon plus 5. Recovery of 9 Squadron
(Buccaneers) from USA to Honington
March
Exercise High Trig
Kathmandu, Nepal to UK
Fg Off Graham Howard plus 1. recovery of 36 Engineer
Regiment from Nepal to UK
March
Wintex
Coltishall, UK
Fg Off Steve Heaton plus 11. Recovery of 41 Sqn (Jaguars)
from Bardufoss , Norway to UK
April
Exercise Trumpet Dance
McChord AFB, WA, USA to UK
Fg Off Chris Goss plus 2. Recovery of 1Bn Staffords from
USA to UK
April
Exercise Sandy Wanderer
Seeb, Oman to UK
Fg Off Dick Page plus 2. Recovery of elements of UKLF from
Oman to UK
April
Exercises Prairie Vortex and
Maple Flag
UK to Cold Lake, AB, Canada
Fg Off Andy Kime plus 4. Deployment of 15 & 16 Squadron
(Bucaneers) to Canada for air exercise
May
Exercise Thumpers Glory
Duke Field, FL, USA to UK
Flt Lt Mark Blackburn plus 5. Recovery of UK Special Forces
from Florida to UK. (n.b. Duke Field is known as Eglin AFB
Auxiliary #3)
May
Special
Brize Norton to Kirtland AFB,
NM, USA
FS Tony Last, Sgt Hugh Curran, Cpl Jim Bissel
May
Special
Lyneham to Tancos, Portugal
FS Tony Last, SAC Pig Clarke, SAC Bailey
May
Special
Lyneham to Wattisham
FO Chris Goss, FS Tony Last, Sgt Derek Baron, Cpl Rog
Whitaker, SAC Pig Clarke
May
Special
Lyneham to (shuttle between)
Coltishall and Tirstrup, Denmark
FS Tony Last, SAC Bailey

May
Special
UK to Kathmandu, Nepal and
return
Flt Lt Jim Stewart, Sgt John Billingsley, Cpl Bob Dickman,
SACs Ted Edwards & Gus Turney. Rotation of Gurkha
equipment between Nepal and UK
June
Special
UK to Tangiers, Morocco
Fg Off Gibson plus 5. Deployment of spares to Morocco in
support of a u/s Hunter aircraft
June
Lyneham to (Shuttle between)
Addis Abbaba. Mekele and Assab
FO Steve Harpum, FS Tony Last, Sgt's Hugh Curran, Ben
Walters, Cpl's Bob Dickman, Dave Felts, Steve Cross, Al
Walkinshaw, SAC's S Sanderson, Treeve Harris, Gordon
Bock, Martin Brown, Vince Culmer
June
Exercise Jumping Mercury
Goose Bay, NL, Canada to
Honington, UK
Fg Off Green plus 2. Recovery of 9 Squadron (Tornadoes) to
Honington
June
Medical Relief Supplies
Kathmandu, Nepal and Colombo,
Sri Lanka
1 team delivery of medical supplies to Kathmandu and
Colombo
June
Exercise Pond Jump West
UK to Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Fg Off Chris Goss plus 3. Deployment of 1 Bn Argyll and
Sutherland Highlanders to Canada for Infantry Battle Group
Training
July
Exercise Jumping Mercury
Grand Turk,  Turks & Caicos
Islands to UK
Fg Off Phillips plus 3. Recovery of 30 Sigs Squadron and
TCW from Turks & Caicos Islands to UK
July
Squadron Exchange
Monte Real, Portugal to UK
FS John Cooper plus 2. Recovery of 617 Squadron (Tornado)
to Portugal on an exchange exercise
July
Special
Brize Norton to Gutersloh,
Germany, Keflavik, Iceland,
Calgary, AB Canada and return
FS Tony Last, Cpl Jim Bissel, SAC Roger Gough
August
Exercise Prairie Vortex
UK to Ellesworth AFB, AK, USA
Fg Off Mark Stephenson, FS Pete Mahon, Cpls Jim Bissell,
Steve Perry & Paul Rackley, SAC Dave Spencer. Deployment
of 27 Squadron (Tornados) to Alaska
August
Exercise Long look
Auckland, New Zealand to
Darwin, NT, Australia and return
WO Derek Coles plus 1. Exchange of personnel with RAAF
and RNZAF
August
Special
Lyneham to Trenton, ON, Canada
FS Tony Last, Sgt Jim Swainsbury, Cpl Steve Perry
August
Special
Lyneham to Ellsworth AFB. SD,
USA
FO Chris Goss, FS Tony Last, Cpl Al Connel, SAC Ginge
Barrett, SAC Dinger Bell, SAC Mick Cocker
August
Exercise Tahrp Sahti
Hong Kong to Wewak PNG and
return
Sahti. Fg Off Simon Baxter plus 2. Exchange of Papua New
Guinea forces and Ghurkas between PNG and Hong Kong.
September
NATO Squadron Exchange
Cameri, Italy to Wattisham, UK
FSgt Alan Soane plus 2. Recovery of 74 Squadron
(Phantoms) to Wattisham
September
Special
Lyneham to Benbecula and
Lossiemouth Scotland, then
Billund Denmark
FO Chris Goss, FS Tony Last, Cpl Andy Tesch
September
Exercise Damsel Fair
UK to Izmir, Turkey
Sgt Geoff Cox, SAC’s Mick Cocker and John Farrelly.
Deployment of Fleet Clearance Diving Team (FCDT) to
Turkey
September
Exercises Raleigh Merlin,
Moonbase and Fourpence
Nairobi, Kenya to UK
Flt Lt Jim Stewart plus 5. recovery of 22 SAS to UK from
Kenya
On 24th September 1985 Sgt Ash Ladva, MAMS Eng, was presented with the BEM by the AOC-in-C Strike Command, Air Chief Marshal, Sir David
Craig.
October
Operation Red Kite
Andros Island, Bahamas to UK
Fg Off Mark Stephenson, FSgt Clive Hall, Sgt Dick Colman,
Cpl Brian Harper, SAC’s Ginge Barrett and Dave Spencer.
Recovery of Spearfish, Stingray and Mk 46 Torpedoes from
the AUTEC Ranges
October
Exercise Hardy Force
Wittering, UK to Billund,
Denmark
Sgt Gerry Muffett plus 4. Deployment of 1 Squadron
(Harriers) to Billund in Denmark
November
November saw the arrival of Flt Lt Marie Djumic as the new BLCO (Base Load Control Officer - now known as BOPSO Base
Operations Officer). She was the very first female to take up this post
November
Exercises Rum Punch and
Prairie Vortex
UK to Patrick AFB, FL and Alaska
to Marham, UK
Flt Lt Ian Beverley plus 5. Deploy Nimrod personnel and
equipment to Florida and recover 217 and 57 Squadrons
(Victors) from Alaska to Marham
November
Exercise Game Spirit
UK to Nairobi, Kenya
Fg Off Steve Harpum, FSgt Gordon Black, Sgt Hugh Curran
plus 3. Deployment of 1Bn Kings Regt to Kenya
November
Exercise Prairie Vortex
Ellsworth AFB, SD, USA to
Marham, UK
Flt Lt Beverley plus 5. Recovery of 27 & 57 Squadrons
(Victors) from South Dakota to Marham
December
Exercise Kangaroo Mercury
Accra, Ghana to UK
Fg Off Andy Kime plus 5. Recovery of 30 Sigs Regt and TCW
from Ghana to UK
December
Exercise Sandy Wanderer
UK to Salalah, Oman
Wg Cdr Mighall (OC UKMAMS) plus 3. Deployment of
elements of SAS to Salalah and rations for 2 Para in Oman