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56th RQS :

1952 to present    


56th Rescue Squadron
Tail code LN, is part of 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, England which also includes the 57th Rescue Squadron (57 RQS) with PJs (Pararescuemen or Parajumpers )

1988/06 was 48th Group, tail code IS, based at Keflavik, Iceland.

1952 - 1962 : 56th Air Rescue Squadron (56 ARS)
1972 - 1975 : 56th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (56 ARRS)
1989 - 1993 : 56th Air Rescue Squadron (56 ARS)
From 1993 : 56th RQS
On January 7, 2014 a Lakenheath-based Pave Hawk helicopter crashed during a night low-level training exercise between a beach car park at Cley and Eastbank, near Salthouse.

On November 2015 was announced that the Squadron and its associate PJs unit, the 57th RQS will move to Aviano, Italy which was completed on May 15, 2018 after a farewell ceremony.
From late Jun to early Oct 2011, 3x HH-60G were detached to operate from HMS Ocean as NATO contingency CSAR assets for 656 Sq Apache operations in Libya.

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HC-130J Combat King II Refueling Pave Hawk, 17-Dec-19 : #AerialRefueling USAF HC-130J Combat King II from 79th Rescue Squadron (RQS) and HH-60G from 56th RQS which relocated to Aviano last year, trained aerial refueling in Southern Europe

USAF Combat, Search and Rescue Evolution, 17-May-18 : #CSAR From the YR-4 rescue in Burma during WWII, through the HH-43 Huskie and HH-3E Jolly Green Giant in Vietnam, to nowadays Pave Hawks, the combat search and rescue will continue to evolve and grow

USAFE Pave Hawks Relocates to Aviano, 15-May-18 : US Air Force Europe rescue squadrons, the 56th RQS flying the HH-60G Pave Hawk with their PJ associate unit 57th RQS moved from RAF Lakenheath to Aviano, Italy as announced in November 2015

USAF PJs in CSAR Demo at RAF Lakenheath, 22-Apr-16 : RAF Lakenheath new drop zone was the scenario for USAF 48th Security Forces Squadron, the 56th and 57th Rescue Squadron showcasing pararescuemen (PJs) in a CSAR demonstration from Pave Hawk helicopter

USAF Lakenheath Squadrons to Relocate to Aviano, 05-Nov-15 : U.S. Air Force announced that 56th and 57th Rescue Squadrons (RQS), 5 HH-60G and PJs respectively totalling 350 personnel, from RAF Lakenheath, UK are relocating to Aviano Air Base, Italy in 2017

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2018/    IT AvianoLIPA
2006/18UK RAF LakenheathEGUL
1988/06IS KeflavikBIKF
1972/75TH KhoratVTUN


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1992/    S-70 H-60
1988/92S-61 H-3
1972/75H-43 Huskie


13-apr-1524-apr-15UK Exercise Joint Warrior 15-1
jun-11oct-11LY Operation Unified Protector

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