As Britain prepared to hand Hong Kong over to China 20 years ago, the Wessex helicopters of No 28 Squadron were the last RAF aircraft stationed there to leave. The then commanding officer recalls the unit’s role in this chapter of history
HONG KONG WESSEX
Some cited it as the end of Empire. On 1 July 1997, the sovereignty of Hong Kong was handed over to China, bringing more than 150 years of British rule to a close. The official ceremony held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre also ended a lengthy chapter of the UK’s military history, and in that No 28 (Army Co-operation) Squadron, RAF, had been intimately involved.