Aircraft-Carrying Ships

This page gives a summary of the aircraft-carrying ships which have been or are used by the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Pennant No. Name Type Status
C70 HMNZS Achilles Cruiser Retired
C75 HMNZS Leander Cruiser Retired
F421 HMNZS Canterbury Frigate Retired
F104 HMNZS Southland Frigate Retired
F55 HMNZS Waikato Frigate Retired
F69 HMNZS Wellington Frigate Retired
F77 HMNZS Te Kaha Frigate Active
F111 HMNZS Te Mana Frigate Active
L421 HMNZS Canterbury Amphibious Support Active
P148 HMNZS Otago Offshore Patrol Active
P55 HMNZS Wellington Offshore Patrol Active

Royal New Zealand Navy

History

Narrative Summary

The Royal New Zealand Navy started life as the New Zealand Naval Forces, part of the British Royal Navy from 1913. In 1921 this became the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy, and in October 1941 became a fully independent naval force as the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Beginning in 1936, the NZD operated catapult-launched Walrus amphibian biplanes from HMS Achilles and HMS Leander. The former ship took part in the Battle of the River Plate in 1939. The aircraft were retired at the end of World War II.

In 1966 the RNZN became a helicopter operator, forming a squadron of Westland Wasp helicopters. Deployed on the Navy’s Leander Class Frigates, the Wasp provided excellent service for the next 32 years. In 1998 the Kaman SH-2 Seaprite replaced the Wasp in RNZN service. Initially an interim standard SH-2F version was operated, but this was later replaced by the more advanced SH-2G version.

Key Dates

1 October 1941 Royal New Zealand Navy established as a separate organisation.
1966 First helicopter type obtained – Westland Wasp.
1998 Kaman SH-2 Seasprite begins to replace the Wasp helicopter.

Current Status

All RNZN helicopters currently are currently active.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

The Walrus aircraft operated in standard Fleet Air Arm colours. The Wasp helicopter carried the high visibility version of the red Kiwi roundel on the fuselage sides, with ‘RNZN’ service titles. The Seaprites carry the low visibility version of the roundel with ‘NAVY’ service titles.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with the RNZN carry serials in the same sequence as the RNZAF, e.g. Wasp NZ3907.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total
Del’d
Total
Now
Role
Kaman SH-2G(NZ) Super Seasprite 5 5 ASW

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Kaman SH-2F Seasprite 4 1998 2001 USA
Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite 8 2014 n/a USA
Kaman SH-2G(NZ) Super Seasprite 5 2001 current USA
Supermarine Walrus I ? 1936 1947 UK
Westland Wasp HAS.1 15 1966 1998 UK

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand, Trentham, Upper Hutt, Wellington.

Organisational Structure

The only current flying unit is No. 6 Squadron.

Current Unit Allocations

As above.

Historical Unit Allocations

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

3 Squadron RNZAF
6 Squadron RNZAF
Naval Support Flight

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

RNZN aircraft have been based at Whenuapai since July 1998.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

No.3 Squadron was originally based at Hobsonville until 1998.
Aircraft-Carrying Ships Listing


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: Royal New Zealand Navy
Official website

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Costa Rican Air Force

History

Narrative Summary

Military aviation started in 1947 as Fuerza Aérea Costarricense, when the government bought two P-38L, one A-24B and one B-18B. But it was only about June 1950, when the last of these aircraft was sold and the Air Force stopped to exist. Last combat operations with some Mustang fighter aircraft were in 1955 during hostilities with Nicaraguan-supported expatriates. But after the end of the fighting all aircraft were written off.

Key Dates

1947    Fuerza Aérea Costarricense was formed.
1955    Last combat operations with F-51D Mustang.

Current Status

Not applicable.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

National Markings

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The civilian registration prefix TI was used until 1994.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Alphabetical OrderChronological Order

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters:
San Jose

Organisational Structure

To be added.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books

None.

Magazines:

None.

Websites:

Scramble: Costa Rica Air Arm

All-Time Aircraft Listing – Chronological

All Time Aircraft Listing

Beech 65 Queen Air

History

One privately owned Beech 65 operated on lease. Used by the Air Wing / Barbados Defence Force. The construction number is not LW-140 as reported elsewhere, as this is a Beech E90 King Air.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
8P-BAR ? ? 1979 wfu 1981


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Barbados Defence Force

History

Narrative Summary

The Barbados Defence Force was first established on 15 August 1979. The BDF included an Air Wing which initially operated a leased Beech Queen Air. In 1981 the first aircraft owned and operated by the BDF arrived – a Cessna 402. This aircraft was retired in 1985. In 1982 Barbados joined the Regional Security System and from 1999 the RSS began air operations.

Since 1985 the BDF has not had any aircraft, but in 2011 the Barbados government began looking seriously at re-establising the Air Wing.

Key Dates

15 August 1979 Barbados Defence Force created.
1981 First BDF-owned aircraft obtained.
1982 Barbados joins the Regional Security System (RSS).

Current Status

The BDF currently does not have any aircraft.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

The Cessna 402 carried the national flag on the fin, but no service titles. The blue and yellow roundel often attibuted to Barbados has never been used on BDF aircraft.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with the BDF carry Barbados civil registrations, e.g. Cessna 402 8P-FDA.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

None at present.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Beech 65 Queen Air 1 1979 1981 leased
Cessna 402C Utiliner 1 1981 1985 USA

Aircraft NOT Used

Fairchild C-26 Metro aircraft of the Trinidad & Tobago Air Guard have been photographed operating from Barbados. They are not operated by the BDF.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

BDF Force Headquarters & The Barbados Regiment, St Ann’s Fort, Barbados.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Allocations

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Allocations

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

BDF aircraft were based at Grantley Adams International Airport, Bridgetown.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: Barbados Defence Force
Royal Bahamas Police Force gets new 14-seater Cessna Caravan

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Cessna 402C Utiliner

History

Used by the Air Wing / Barbados Defence Force.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
8P-FDA 402-0427 ? 1981 wfu 1985


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan

History

Used by the Royal Bahamas Police Force for transport duties.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
C6-PFA 208B-2??? nbsp; 2009  


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Royal Bahamas Police

History

Narrative Summary

The Royal Bahamas Police Force first established an ‘Airwing Section’ in 1964, operating chartered private aircraft. Its main role was surveillance and air patrol, to discourage illegal immigrants and poachers from entering Bahamas territorial areas. In the late seventies and early eighties the detection of drug trafficking was added to its mandate.

In 1991 the Section acquired its first owned and operated aircraft, a Piper Navajo. A second Navajo was obtained soon afterwards. These aircraft were retired in 2002 and put into open storage without replacement.

Circa 2009 the Section was reorganised and renamed the Air Support Service Unit. In 2009 a new Cessna 208 Grand Caravan was taken into service. Roles now include VIP Transport, Police personnel transport, Search and Rescue support, prisoner transport and border patrol.

Key Dates

1964 RBPF Police Airwing Section established.
1991 Airwing renamed Air Support Service Unit.
1991 First aircraft delivered.
2009 Cessna 208 Grand Caravan delivered.

Current Status

The aircraft of the RBPF are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

Aircraft carry ‘ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE’ titles on the fuselage sides, a small national flag on the fin and the Police crest under the cockpit.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with RBP originally carried serial numbers prefixed by RBPF, e.g. Piper Navajo RBPF-1, but more recent aircraft carry Bahamas civil registrations, e.g. Grand Caravan C6-PFA.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total
Del’d
Total
Now
Role Origin
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 1 1 Transport USA

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Piper PA-31 Navajo 2 1991 2002 USA
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 1 2009 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), Nassau, Bahamas.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Allocations

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Allocations

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The aircraft is based at Nassau International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

RBPF Air Support Service Unit
Royal Bahamas Police Force gets new 14-seater Cessna Caravan
Scramble: Bahamas

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