netherlands Marine Luchtvaartdienst

Royal Netherlands Navy

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The Marine-Luchtvaartdienst ( MLD, Netherlands Naval Aviation Service ) is the naval aviation branch of of the Royal Netherlands Navy ( Koninklijke Marine )

From April 30, 2013 all Navy ships prefix changed from Hare Majesteit (Hr. Ms.) to Zijner Majesteit (Zr. Ms.) as the Netherlands welcomes their new King


Dutch NH90 Maintenance Agreement, 14-Mar-16 : Firms Airborne (NL) and NHI (Fokker) signs agreement for the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) activities for the Dutch NH90 helicopters

Marines MV-22 Osprey First Landing on Dutch Ship, 15-Jun-15 : A VMM-261 Osprey made the first landing on a Royal Netherlands Navy ship. Support ship HNLMS Karel Doorman (A833) conduct interoperability tests near MCAS New River, NC on June 12

Royal Dutch Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 20-Mar-15 : Royal Dutch Marines train with USMC HMH-454 at the Expeditionary Operations Training Group compound at Stone Bay, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 17, 2015

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List of Units

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Rotary Wing Aircraft UnitCreatedDisband
    vsq 7 - 7 squadron 1949 --
    vsq 8 - 8 squadron 1950 1968
    vsq 860 - 860 squadron 1943 --
    vsq 990 - 990 squadron ? --
    Coast Guard? --

Bases and Locations

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Base / HeliportUnits on this Location
   De Kooyvsq 7 1977/   
vsq 860 1966/   
vsq 990

Model Types

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  NHI NH90 NFH 202010
  SNIA as355 ecureuil 221997
  Bell 222119871990
  Westland Lynx 2419782012
  Westland wasp1319661981
  Agusta ab204b919611978
  Sikorsky s-58 H-341219601972
  Hiller OH-23B219591959
  Sikorsky s-55 H-19319531963
  Sikorsky s-51 / R-5 / H-5119511954

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