Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing
|Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing|
|Active||2001 – present|
|Branch||Royal Air Force (RAF)
Army Air Corps (AAC)
|Role||Special forces aviation support|
|Part of||United Kingdom Special Forces|
|Equipment||Boeing Chinook HC4
Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin II
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Westland Gazelle AH1
The Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing is a joint-service organisation which provides aviation support to United Kingdom Special Forces, using both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft. The wing is based at RAF Odiham.
The Wing was formed on 2 April 2001, bringing together 657 Squadron AAC and 7 Squadron RAF into a single unit in support of United Kingdom Special Forces with 8 Flight Army Air Corps (now 658 Squadron AAC) joining in 2008.
The aircraft all based at different MoD establishments including:
- No. 7 Squadron RAF with the Boeing Chinook HC4 at RAF Odiham.
- No. 658 Squadron AAC with Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin II's at Credenhill Barracks.
- No. 47 Squadron RAF with Lockheed C-130 Hercules's at RAF Brize Norton.
- No. 658 Squadron AAC with the Westland Gazelle AH1 at Credenhill Barracks.
- No. 657 Squadron AAC with Westland Lynx's at RAF Odiham.
The Wing is under peacetime command of the Station Commander of RAF Odiham, but the single services retain full command of their respective personnel. It enjoys a charitable affiliation with the Worshipful Company of Curriers in the City of London.
- U.S. 1st Special Operations Wing
- U.S. 27th Special Operations Wing
- U.S. 919th Special Operations Wing
- U.S. 352d Special Operations Group
- U.S. 353d Special Operations Group
- Australian 171st Aviation Squadron
- Canadian 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron
- French 4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment
- Italian 26th R.E.O.S. Special Operations Helicopter Unit
- U.S. 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Night Stalkers
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