belgium 40 Squadron

Force Aérienne Belge

40 Escadrille Héli
Belgian Air Force

1974 to present    


40 Squadron Force Aérienne Belge

Formally created on 30 Oct 1974, from the four existing Heli Flights that had formed since 1961, flying a mixture of Sikorsky HSS-1, ex-Sabena S-58 and Alouette III in the SAR role. In 1976 the Sea King Mk.48 was introduced to 40 Sqdn and in Apr 1977 took over prime responsibility for SAR operations. The unit has been based at Koksijde (EBFN) since its formation.
On June 2015 Valerie and Eline became the first female crew on the NH90 NFH

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News of 40 Squadron

Koksijde SAR Meet 2016, 07-Oct-16 : Belgium with Austria, Germany and Poland taking part of Search and Rescue SAR Meet 2016 at Koksijde, October 10-14

Belgian NH90 First SAR Mission, 28-Aug-15 : Belgium NH90 Kaaiman helicopter completed their first scramble rescue mission evacuating an ill cruise passenger in British waters

Belgian NH90 NFH Achieves IOC for SAR, 21-Aug-15 : Belgian 40th Squadron achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations with the NH90 NFH helicopter


1974/    Koksijde / Coxyde ABEBFN


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2013/    NH90
1976/18Sea King Mk.48
1974/86HSS-1 Seabat


14-nov-1602-dec-16 Black Blade 2016
20-may-1520-may-15 THPU 2015
22-sep-1425-sep-14NL SAR meet 2014
01-may-1202-may-12UK AirMed and Rescue 2012
17-may-1021-may-10 SAR meet 2010
may-09may-09NL SAR meet 2009
26-jun-0827-jun-08DE SAR Meet 2008
06-mar-9707-mar-97 Rescue from ms Herald of Free Enterprise
04-oct-9406-oct-94NL SAR meet 1994

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