The Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Culdrose first started flying the Dragonfly helicopter in 1957 and it was in 1961 when they included search and rescue to their operational duties. Then, the crews started training with the Lizard Lifeboat, taking part in winching exercises with the The Duke of York all weather lifeboat. Although it was not until the 1970s that the air squadron was fully involved in search and rescue duties.
It was their last ever practise with 771 squadron, who ceased providing the search and rescue service in December 2015. The squadron has saved thousands of lives in 40 years of rescue operations from RNAS Culdrose.