1930 to present    




Formed as a Territorial squadron in 1930 at Christchurch, it became the first RNZAF unit to engage the Japanese in WWII.  The squadron returned to Christchurch and disbanded in 1957.
3 Squadron reformed as a rotary wing unit at RNZAF Hobsonville in 1965 with UH-1 Iroquois and the Sioux for training. In 1966 the unit received the Wasp HAS.1, which it operated and maintained on behalf of the RNZN until 1977, when the Naval Support Flight (still within 3 Squadron, RNZAF) was formed and this continued the Wasp operations.
Between 1970 and 1997, a two UH-1 Huey SAR detachment was operated from Wigram, to provide SAR for the South Island and in support of the Army.
The SH-2F Seasprite replaced the Wasps of the Naval Support Flight between 1997 and 1998 as an interim measure, based at RNZAF Whenuapai from Jul 1998. The SH-2Fs began to be replaced by the SH-2G Seasprite in April 2001. The Utility Flight (with the UH-1) and the Training Flight (still with the Sioux) moved to RNZAF Ohakea in Jan 2002.
The unit has deployed extensively in the Pacific and operated worldwide in support of the New Zealand Defence Forces. Part of the squadrons tasking is as a Force Element in response to the NZDF Rotary Wing Transport Force; another part was to maximise the effectiveness of the RNZN through its Naval Support Flight, although this responsibility was handed over to 6 Sq in 2005.
In response to the Kaikoura Earthquake on 14 Nov 2016, 3 Squadron was busy. It despatched its first NH90 at 0546 local, followed by a second (c/s Warrior 08) at 0910. A-109s and at least two more NH90s left during the day.
The units NH90s were cleared for full shipboard operation (previously they could only be transported) in Dec 2016.

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News about this Rotary Wing Unit :

NH90 Supports New Zealand Earthquake Response, 13-Nov-16 : Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) 3 Squadron NH90 dispatched to support emergency management after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit North Canterbury

New Zealand NH90 Supporting Fiji Relief Operations, 04-Apr-16 : Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters are successfully performing in their first overseas mission during the Cyclone Winston relief operations in Fiji. Two deployed with HMNZS Canterbury

Final Tour for Royal New Zealand Air Force Hueys, 07-May-15 : The UH-1H Huey is scheduled to cease flying operations with the Royal New Zealand Air Force on July 1st 2015. No.3 Squadron who fly the Iroquois are making various stops around New Zealand in May

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2002/nowOhakeaNZOH
1998/02WhenuapaiNZWP
1970/97WigramNZWG
1965/98Hobsonville AirbaseNZHB
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YearsModels
2011/nowNH90 TTH
2010/nowA109LUH
1997/05Royal New Zealand Navy seasprite
1966/15205
1966/98Royal New Zealand Navy wasp
1965/1047

Construction Numbers for . / 3 Sq / 3Sq Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
1177 NH90 TTH 2011 NZ3301 : del to NZ 6 Dec 2011, for 3 Sq
: 3 Sq working from Kaikoura on at least 16 Nov
Eurocopter France F-ZWTU : NHI/Eurocopter France for New Zealand
1206 NH90 TTH 2011 NZ3302 : del to NZ 6 Dec 2011, for 3 Sq.
Eurocopter France F-ZWDD : NHI/Eurocopter toward NZ3302
1207 NH90 TTH 2012 NZ3303 : RNZAF d/d 01Oct012, for 3 Sq.
Eurocopter France F-ZWDO : NHI/Eurocopter to NZ3303
1208 NH90 TTH 2012 NZ3304 : del to NZ 1 Oct 2012, for 3 Sq.
Eurocopter France F-ZWDR : NHI/Eurocopter toward NZ3304
1229 NH90 TTH 2013 NZ3306 : 20jul13 d/d RNZAF, for 3 Sq
Eurocopter France F-ZWDV : NHI/Eurocopter France, to NZ3306
1267 NH90 TTH NZ3308 : 3 Sq one of first NZ helicopters to respond to the earthquake on 14 Nov, w+
13781 a109luh 2011 NZ3401 : 3 Sq
: 14nov16 pictured at RNZAF Ohakea, inside 3 Squadron hangars
13782 a109luh 2011 NZ3402 : 3 Sq
: 14nov16 pictured at RNZAF Ohakea, outside 3 Squadron hangars
13784 a109luh NZ3403 : 3 Sq
: 14nov16 pictured (pic2) at RNZAF Ohakea, inside 3 Squadron hangars
13785 a109luh 2011 NZ3404 : 3 Sq
: 14nov16 pictured at RNZAF Ohakea, outside 3 Squadron hangars
13786 a109luh NZ3405 : 3 Sq
6514 47g-3 1965 NZ3701 : dd Dec 1965 as 47G-3B-1, to 3 Squadron. Crashed 19 Jan 1979.
6515 47g-3 1965 NZ3702 : dd Dec 1965 as 47G-3B-1, to 3 Squadron.
6518 47g-3 1965 NZ3705 : RNZAF 3 sqd
6519 47g-3 NZ3706 : RNZAF 3 sqd
6814 47g-3 NZ3712 : RNZAF 3 sqd
6815 47g-3 NZ3713 : RNZAF 3 sqd
12211 uh-1h 1970 NZ3800 : 09nov16 pictured in 3 Sq markings at RNZAF Museum, Wigram in the Reserve C+
US Army Aviation 69-15923 : US Army; 507th Medical Coy, Texas; 163rd Aviation Coy, Kentucky; 5th Aviat+
4812 uh-1d NZ3801 : delivered to RNZAF on 15 Jun 1966 and flew on 22 Jun. Allocated to 3 Sq.
: RNZAF 01. 3 sqd. BuNo 65-9768. Conv UH-1H
4813 uh-1d NZ3802 : RNZAF 02. 3 sqd. BuNo 65-9769. Conv UH-1H
5158 uh-1d NZ3803 : RNZAF 03. 3 sqd. BuNo 65-10114. Conv UH-1H
5159 uh-1d NZ3804 : RNZAF 04. 3 sqd. BuNo 65-10115. Conv UH-1H
- ? : Sectrum Aviation at Fargo, ND by Jun16
5160 uh-1d NZ3805 : RNZAF 05. 3 sqd. BuNo 65-10116. Conv UH-1H. United Nations East Timor
- ? : Sectrum Aviation at Fargo, ND by Jun16
11705 uh-1h NZ3806 : RNZAF 06. 3 sqd. BuNo 69-15417
11706 uh-1h NZ3807 : RNZAF 07. 3 sqd. BuNo 69-15418
- ? : Sectrum Aviation at Fargo, ND by Jun16
11707 uh-1h NZ3808 : RNZAF 08. 3 sqd. BuNo 69-15419
11708 uh-1h NZ3809 : RNZAF 09. 3 sqd. BuNo 69-15420
- ? : Sectrum Aviation at Fargo, ND by Jun16
11938 uh-1h NZ3810 : RNZAF 10. 3 sqd. BuNo 69-15650. w/o 27apr72
11939 uh-1h NZ3811 : RNZAF 11. 3 sqd. BuNo 69-15651
11940 uh-1h NZ3812 : RNZAF 12. 3 sqd. BuNo 69-15652
11941 uh-1h NZ3813 : RNZAF 13. 3 sqd. BuNo 69-15653. w/o 31mar95
11942 uh-1h NZ3814 : RNZAF 14. 3 sqd. BuNo 69-15654
13849 uh-1h NZ3815 : RNZAF 15. 3 sqd. BuNo 74-22525
- ? : Sectrum Aviation at Fargo, ND by Jun16
11702 uh-1h NZ3816 : RNZAF 16. 3 sqd. BuNo 69-15414
34 serials found for . / 3 Sq, 3Sq

Operations

DatesOperation
14-nov-1623-nov-16 Kaikoura Earthquake relief operations
dec-97apr-98SB Operation Belisi


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