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Portuguese Navy


Marinha Portuguesa Portuguese Navy

The Portuguese Navy is one of the oldest in the world. Naval Aviation in Portugal started in cooperation with France, which began training its aircrews in 1916 prior to the formation of the Serviço e Escola de Aviação da Armada in Sep 1917 and based French aircraft at the Bom Sucesso base near Lisbon in 1918. In Aug 1918, the USA was granted base facilities at Horta on Faial in the Azores. A third base was established on Macau (China) in 1927, followed by Ponta Delgada on São Miguel in the Azores.
Neutral during WWII, the service grew through a modernising acquisition programme and by impounding aircraft from both sides that landed in its terrritory. After WWII, it became especially proficient in anti-submarine warfare. This was the last Naval aviation unit raised before 1952 when it was merged with army aviation, to form the Portuguese Air Force. Whilst it lost its independent identity, naval aviation continued its presence as the Forças Aeronavais within the FAP.
By the early 1990s, it was clear that a change to maritime patrol, ASW and ASV arrangements were needed. After a selection between the Seasprite and Lynx, an initial order for 5 Super Lynx was placed in 1989 and on delivery in mid 1993, the Esquadrilha de Helicópteros da Marinha was formed as part of a revitalised Aviação Naval under control of the Marinha Portuguesa (Navy). The Lynx are deployed to the three 'MEKO 200' Frigates of the Vasco da Gama Class launched in the early 1990s, NRP Vasco da Gama (F330), NRP Alvares Cabral (F331) and NRP Corte Real (F332), each of which can support up to 2 Super Lynx.


First Flight for Upgraded Portuguese Lynx, 18-Feb-20 : #Lynx Under a contract signed in 2016, Leonardo UK is upgrading engine and avionics of the five Lynx Mk95 of the Portuguese Navy at Yeovil. First delivery is expected for Q2 2020 and the fifth and last one by late 2021

Spanish Amphibious Exercise GRUFLEX 61, 14-Nov-16 : 1,200 Spanish marines, elements from the Spanish Army and Air Force along the Portuguese Navy taking part of amphibious exercise GRUFLEX 61 in Cadiz and the Balearic Islands

Upgrade of Portuguese Navy Lynx, 12-Jul-16 : FIA 2016 Five Lynx Mk95 helicopters of the Portuguese Navy will received an avionics and engine upgrade

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List of Units

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Rotary Wing Aircraft UnitCreatedDisband
    Esquadrilha de Helicópteros da Marinha Portuguesa - Naval Helicopter Squadron 1993 --

Bases and Locations

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Base / HeliportUnits on this Location
   Montijo (BA6)Esquadrilha de Helicópteros da Marinha Portuguesa 1993/   

Model Types

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  Westland Lynx51993

List of Aircraft

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Lynx HAS3S 336 198719201 : Marinha Super Lynx mk95 type; ex Royal Navy HAS.3 ZF559; uk test ...
: embarked on NRP Alvarez Cabral during visit to Liverpool.
Lynx HAS3S 338 198819202 : Marinha Super Lynx mk95 type; ex Royal Navy HAS.3 ZF561; uk test ...
: EHM by Aug 1999. Embarked on NRP Corte-Real during STANAVFORLANT ...
Super Lynx mk95 375 199319203 : Marinha, test serial ZH582
: pictured (pic2) with EHM at RNAS Yeovilton
: 27may10 pictured (pic3) on USNS LCPL Roy H. Wheat (T-AK 3016) dur ...
: at Montijo airbase
Super Lynx mk95 376 19204 : Marinha. ex ZH583
: first portuguese Lynx upgraded
Super Lynx mk95 377 199419205 : Marinha. ex ZH584, pictured

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