lebanon UNIFIL / NorAir / ItalAir

Naqura in Lebanon


1978





In 1978, Norway send four Bell UH-1B to Lebanon supporting the UNIFIL. The helicopter was from the 720 sqn. and the personnel were from 339, 719 and 720 sqn. This unit was called NORAIR and they operated from Naqura in southern Lebanon. All the helicopters was painted white with UN marked on the cargo door. One helicopter was lost in this operation. A replacement for the crashed helicopter was send to Lebanon in 1979.
An Italian unit, ITALAIR, replaced the Norwegians from july, 3 1979.
The prime Norwegian component of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon UNIFIL completed at the end of Jul 1979, to be replaced by a rotating multi-national commitment.

The UN Mandate was renewed in 2006 following the war with Israel in southern Lebanon, under UN Security Council Resolution 1701. Brazilian Navy units have been operating from Beirut since 2011.


News


ITALAIR performed Medevac Flight in Lebanon, 21-Jan-16 : Since 1979 italian helicopters from ITALAIR has performed more than 39,000 hours of flying in the skies of Lebanon and Israel with over 1700 medical evacuations of sick or injured people.



Units

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DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
    mar78 to jul79 NO 339 skvadron Luftforsvaret UH-1B Iroquois
    mar78 to jul79 NO 720 skvadron Luftforsvaret UH-1B Iroquois
    mar78 to - UNIFIL United Nations AB205
AB212
AB212
AB212
AB412
    03jul79 to 01oct99 IT 1 Reggimento di Aviazione Aviazione dell'Esercito CH-47C Chinook
AB204B
AB205
AB412
AB212
AB204B
    jan08 to - IT 2 Reggimento di Aviazione Aviazione dell'Esercito AB212
AB412
AB205
    jan11 to - BR 1.º Esquadrão de Helicópteros de Esclarecimento e Ataque Força Aeronaval da Marinha do Brasil Super Lynx mk21a
Wild Lynx mk21b
Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation


Individual helicopters


Model IDs
Agusta AB412 MM81355     MM81358    
Agusta AB212 MM81120     MM81128     UN-279     UN-281     UN-282    
Agusta AB205A-1 MM80526     MM80533     UN-273     UN-276     UN-298     UN-299     UN-348     UN-353    
Agusta AB204B UN-231     UN-237    


Ships

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ClassesShips
Frigate  Niteroi class   Brazilian Navy F45 União,







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