1996 - Closure of HMS DAEDALUS

31st July. HMS Daedalus, the Royal Naval Air Station at Lee-on-the-Solent, closes. It started life in 1917 during the First World War when the Royal Naval Air Service was in its infancy, only to be transferred to the newly formed RAF in 1919 and returned to the Royal Navy in 1939. Sadly like HMS Vernon it fell victim to the defence cuts.