netherlands vsq 860

Marine Luchtvaartdienst


860 squadron
Royal Netherlands Navy

1943 to present    





Helicopters

  • 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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Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1966/    De KooyEHKD


Models

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YearsModels
2010/    NH90 NFH
1980/12Lynx
1966/80wasp

Operations


DatesOperation
09-sep-17oct-17AI Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations
apr-16apr-16UK Exercise Joint Warrior 16-1
22-sep-1425-sep-14 SAR meet 2014
24-mar-1425-mar-14 NSS 2014
feb-13may-13SO Combined Task Force 150
23-jun-1223-jun-12DE Fly out MFG-5 Kiel
01-jul-1103-jul-11 naval days 2011 (marinedagen)
20-jun-0525-jun-05DE SAR meet 2005
04-oct-9406-oct-94 SAR meet 1994
21-jun-8622-jun-86 Fleet days 1986

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