860 sqn was formed in 1943 as a British Fleet Air Arm unit. After WW2 it was reformed as a Dutch Firefly squadron. After the Firefly, 860 was equipped with Sea Furies and Sea Hawks before becomming a helicopter squadron flying the Westland Wasp. This helicopter was replaced by the Westland Lynx in 1980.
860 Squadron transformed as a helicopter unit on 4 Oct 1966, when it re-equipped with the AH-12A Wasp. It was the parent unit for deployments to the Van Speijk Class Frigates. During the latter half of 1974, there were a number of ships flight assignments to RNAS Portland. The Wasps were retired in Dec 1980, after the introduction of the first SH-14B Lynx during Oct 1978.
News of vsq 860
Dutch NH90 Crashed in the Caribbean, 20-Jul-20 : #accident A Royal Netherlands Navy NH90 NFH helicopter attached to the Zr Ms Groningen (P843) patrol vessel in the Carribean crashed off the coast of Aruba killing 2 of the 4 onboard. It is the first accident of a Dutch NH90 which have 20 in service
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