6th Aviation Regiment (Australia)

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6th Aviation Regiment
A 1st Commando Regiment soldier jumping from a 171st Aviation Squadron Blackhawk helicopter in 2013
A 1st Commando Regiment soldier jumping from a 171st Aviation Squadron Blackhawk helicopter in 2013
Active 2008–current
Country Australia
Branch Australian Army
Type Aviation
Part of 16th Aviation Brigade
Headquarters Holsworthy Barracks
Aircraft flown
Cargo helicopter Sikorsky S-70 Blackhawk (171 Sqn)
Reconnaissance Bell Kiowa (173 Sqn)

The 6th Aviation Regiment is one of the Australian Army's three Army Aviation regiments. The Regiment was formed in 2008 to command the Army's special forces helicopter squadron and its surveillance aircraft squadron. The 6th Aviation Regiment forms part of the 16th Aviation Brigade and is headquartered at Holsworthy Barracks, Sydney, New South Wales.[1]

In 2009 the Australian Army transferred all fixed wing surveillance aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force. 173 Surveillance Squadron subsequently re-equipped with the Kiowa Light Utility Helicopter and re-roled as an Advanced Training Squadron for future ARH Tiger and MRH-90 pilots.

In 2012 the regiment comprised:

Notable operations include:

  • Operation Queensland Flood Assist (2011 disaster assistance in South East Queensland)
  • 2012 support to PNG elections

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gubler, Abraham (2008). "Army Aviation's New Decade of Growth". Asia Pacific Defence Reporter 34 (5): pp.16–19.