History of HMS Inskip
Royal Navy Air Station Inskip was commissioned as HMS Nightjar on 15th May 1943. Its main role was the operational training of anti-submarine aircrew. Training Squadrons arrived from various parts of the UK from June 1943 and these training squadrons eventually became known as No 1 Navy Operational Training Unit consisting mainly of Fairy Swordfish aircraft.
Inskip was one of a number of Royal Navy Airfiels to be found in Lancashire whose main purpose was the protection of Atlantic Convoys. Another such airfield was Royal Naval Air Station Burscough, HMS Ringtail. A link to their web pages and Facebook can be found on the 'Web Links' page of this web site.
Inskip was paid off and de-commissioned in July 1946 but retained as a Transport Pool and storage site, with the hangers used for general storage.
In 1959 the site was developed as a major RN radio station and re-established as RN W/T Station Inskip which was subsequently commissioned as HMS Inskip in 1966.
The runways were broken up in 1974 for use as hardcore for the M55 Preston to Blackpool motorway, and the hangers were demolished between 1980 and 1994. HMS Inskip was eventually paid off in 1995 when it became known as Defence Communications Service Agency Radio Services, Inskip.
The role of Inskip today is world-wide communications for all three services, naval broadcast and frequency airing.
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