1943 to present

netherlands vsq 860

Marine Luchtvaartdienst

860 squadron
Royal Netherlands Navy

  • vsq 860 Marine Luchtvaartdienst
  • vsq 860 Marine Luchtvaartdienst

vsq 860
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.

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Dutch Trio First Time On Board

Dutch Trio First Time On Board

26-Nov-20 - Three Netherlands’s NH90 helicopters from 860 Squadron embarked simultaneously for the first time on board the amphibious transport HNLMS Johan de Witt. The event occurs for this year FOST training in the UK #FOST
Dutch NH90 Crashed in the Caribbean

Dutch NH90 Crashed in the Caribbean

20-Jul-20 - 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 #accident


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2010-    NH90 NFH
1980/12 Lynx
1966/80 Wasp

  vsq 860 Operations

Dates Operation
2022-oct-31 Falcon Autumn 2022
2017-sep-092017-oct AI Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations
2016-apr2016-apr UK Exercise Joint Warrior 16-1
2014-sep-222014-sep-25 SAR meet 2014
2014-mar-242014-mar-25 NSS 2014
2013-feb2013-may SO Combined Task Force 150
2012-jun-232012-jun-23 DE Fly out MFG-5 Kiel
2011-jul-012011-jul-03 naval days 2011 (marinedagen)
2005-jun-202005-jun-25 DE SAR meet 2005
1994-oct-041994-oct-06 SAR meet 1994
1986-jun-211986-jun-22 Fleet days 1986

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