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  • belgium 40 Squadron

    Force Aérienne Belge


    40 Escadrille Héli
    Belgian Air Force

    1974 to present    






    Helicopters

    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



    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    1974/    Koksijde / Coxyde ABEBFN




    Models

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    YearsModels
    2013/    NH90
    1976/18Sea King Mk.48
    1974/77S-58C
    1974/86HSS-1 Seabat




    Operations


    DatesOperation
    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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