1st Aviation Regiment (Australia)
|1st Aviation Regiment|
An Australian Army Tiger ARH
|Part of||16th Aviation Brigade|
|Garrison/HQ||Robertson Barracks, Darwin|
|Mascot(s)||CPL Penny Alert (Peregrine Falcon)|
|Equipment||Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter|
The Regiment was formed on 26 April 1966 as the 1st Division Army Aviation Regiment and was re-designated the 1st Aviation Regiment in March 1967. While the Regiment has historically operated a mix of fixed-wing aircraft and in late 2004 the unit re-organised for its new role that will accompany its new aircraft, the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter.
During 2005 and 2006, the Regiment consolidated all of the remaining squadrons into one location for the first time, at Gaza Lines, in Darwin’s Robertson Barracks.
The 1st Aviation Regiment reached its final operating capability with the Tigers on 18 April 2016. This process took much longer than expected, due in part to the complexity of the helicopters and shortages of spare parts. The 2016 Defence White Paper stated that the Tigers would be retired early, and be replaced with different aircraft during the mid-2020s.
The regiment is currently organised as follows:
- Regimental Headquarters
- 161st Attack Squadron
- 162nd Attack Squadron
- Logistic Support Squadron
- Technical Support Squadron
Civil Assistance and Operations
- Operations Stabilise/Warden,
- UNTAET & Operation Tanager,
- NSW Flood Assistance,
- Operation Gold (Sydney Olympics),
- UNMISET & Operation Citadel,
- Operation Anode,
- Operation Guardian II,
- Operation Astute.
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