The Squadron operated the Westland Wessex from 1972. With this helicopter it was based at RAF Sek Kong from 1978 until 1996. The squadron returned to Kai Tai from then until the British withdrawal in June 1997 and was the last RAF squadron to leave the territory.
The RAF ordered 22 Merlin HC3 helicopters in March 1995, the first of which was received from GKNWestland now AgustaWestland on 7 March 2001. The Squadron officially reformed on 17 July 2001 at RAF Benson, the first time in its recent history that the Squadron had been stationed in the UK.
The Squadron's first operational role with the Merlin was in support of SFOR at Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The aircraft and personnel deployed on 1 April 2003, the same day that an initial operational capability was declared for the Merlin. The detachment ceased on 31 March 2004 and the Squadron then began to prepare for operations in Iraq.
The Squadron's commitment to Operation TELIC began on 1 March 2005. Several aircraft and a mix of aircrew, engineers and support personnel from 28 (AC) Squadron and RAF Benson, deployed using the historic No. 1419 Flight RAF to replace the Chinook's of No. 1310 Flight RAF at Basrah Air Station, Iraq. The Squadron retains this commitment to the present day.
The Squadron now consists of a HQ Flight, 2 Operational Flights and the Merlin Operational Conversion Flight. The current Squadron Commander is Wing Commander Rich Luck MA MCGI MRAes RAF.