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  • 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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    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



    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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