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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.

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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

USAF Pave Hawks Training with RAF Tornados, 13-Mar-15 : 31 Squadron RAF exchange pilots train in combat search and rescue (CSAR), and specifically the role of the RAF Tornado GR-4 in on-scene command, with RAF Lakenheath based USAF Pave Hawks

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2006/    UK 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


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