1st Aviation Regiment (Australia)

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1st Aviation Regiment
Australian Army (A38-017) Eurocopter EC-655 Tiger ARH departing Wagga Wagga Airport.jpg
An Australian Army Tiger ARH
Active 1966–Present
Country  Australia
Branch Army
Type Aviation
Role Attack Reconnaissance
Size Regiment
Part of 16th Aviation Brigade
Garrison/HQ Robertson Barracks, Darwin
Motto(s) Alert
Mascot CPL Penny Alert (Peregrine Falcon)
Equipment Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter

The 1st Aviation Regiment is an Australian Army aviation unit and is part of the 16th Aviation Brigade.[1]

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

As part of this restructure, 171st Operational Support Squadron and 173rd Surveillance Squadron were placed as direct command units of 16th Aviation Brigade.[2]

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.[3]

Current organisation[edit]

The regiment is currently organised as follows:[4]

  • Regimental Headquarters
  • 161st Squadron
  • 162nd Squadron
  • Logistic Support Squadron
  • Technical Support Squadron

Civil Assistance and Operations[edit]

  • INTERFET,
  • Operations Stabilise/Warden,
  • UNTAET & Operation Tanager,
  • NSW Flood Assistance,
  • Operation Gold (Sydney Olympics),
  • UNMISET & Operation Citadel,
  • Operation Anode,
  • Operation Guardian II,
  • Operation Astute.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Army Aviation Association website
  2. ^ Australian Army Aviation Association website
  3. ^ "Army’s Tiger ARH achieves FOC". Australian Aviation. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "1st Aviation Regiment". Department of Defence. Retrieved 4 June 2015.