Military Aviation in 1973

During Operation Khana Cascade, Lockheed Hercules of the Royal Air Force
(RAF) mount an emergency food

airdrop to famine-stricken villages in remote
areas of West Nepal.

17 May
The ‘Second Cod War’: Royal Air Force British Aerospace (BAe) Nimrod maritime
patrol aircraft begin surveillance flights to establish the positions
of Icelandic Government gunboats and United Kingdom trawlers within the
50 mile zone proclaimed by the Icelandic Government. In an effort to conserve
Nimrod flying hours, a small number of fishery protection sorties were
also flown by Bristol Britannia transport aircraft from 20 July 1973.

20 May
The Icelandic Government announce that British military aircraft would
no longer be permitted to use Icelandic airfields.

31 August
RAF Maintenance Command is disbanded, with the functions of the command
absorbed by RAF Support Command, which formed on the following day.

1 September
Support Command is formed. The new command absorbed the functions and
formations of the former RAF Maintenance Command, together with a number
of medical units previously the responsibility of Strike and Training
Commands. The first Air Officer Commanding, Support Command was the last
Air Officer Commanding, Maintenance Command, Air Vice Marshal (acting
Air Marshal) R.E.W. Harland.

3 October
Following the start of talks between the United Kingdom and Icelandic
Governments aimed at achieving a settlement to their ongoing dispute,
the last fishery protection sortie of the ‘Second Cod War’ is flown by
the Royal Air Force on this date.

21 November
With the conclusion of a diplomatic settlement to the ‘Second Cod War’,
the Icelandic Government lifts its ban on Royal Air Force aircraft using
Icelandic airfields.