My main duties while at waterbeach was the maintenance and inspection of all the small plant held by the squadron I also had responsibility for maintenance of the stored RHAG (rotary hydraulic arrester gear which is fitted at the end of a runways for emergency stopping of aircraft) held by the unit.
Following a course of instruction on "Nuclear, Biological & Chemical De-contamination" held at RAF Valley in S Wales I became Member of 39 Eng Regt NBC De-contamination response team. I later went on to become an Instructor in "NBC" following a two week course at Porton Down.
During my tour with 52 Sqn I was sent on several detachments including: Six months at Chatham July-Dec 1973, Two months in Cyprus July-Aug 1974, Six months in Oman Oct - Mar 1974/5, Three months in Gibraltar,
July-Sept 1975 and Seven months with the Royal Engineers Mobile Display Team Feb-Aug 1976 based at Long Marston. so as you can see a large amount of my time with 52 Sqn was away from Waterbeach.
It was during my time with the RE Mobile display team I received notification of my promotion to Sgt and subsequent posting to the Training regiment at Cove I returned to Waterbeach to collect all my kit etc' and left for No1 Training regiment RE.