The orginal Danish Naval air arm was amalgamated with the Army air arm into the RDanAF in 1950. Naval aviation was resumed in 1962 when Alouette III helicopters were delivered for fishery protection and rescue duties. In 1971 the navy unit was named the Soevaernets Flyvetjaeneste (SVF, Danish Naval Air Service). Aircraft were maintained by 722 sqn of the Air Force, on behalf of the Navy.
The SVF was originally planned to be merged onto the RDanAF in 2003 as 728 Esk, along with the Army’s helicopters, but in recognition of its importance, was reorganised under its present title in January 2004 at a new air base. Danish naval helicopters were used primarily for Fishery Patrol, shipboard support and coastal Search & Rescue (SAR) missions. On 31 December 2010 the SHT was disbanded and transferred to the RDanAF as Eskadrille 723.
||Naval aviation resumed using Alouette III helicopters.
||Naval aviation unit named Soevaernets Flyvetjaeneste.
||Naval aviation unit renamed to present title.
|31 December 2010
||Naval aviation unit disbanded and transferred to thr RDanAF.
The service has been transferred to Air Force control.
Current — Historical
Aircraft Serial Numbers
Danish navy helicopters used the same serialling system as the air force – a letter prefix and unique three figure number for each airframe.
Coding system not used
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
All-Time Aircraft Used List
All-Time Table of Aircraft Used
Retired aircraft used for technical training
Aircraft NOT Used
False reports of aircraft on order or in service – none known.
Aircraft Losses and Incidents
PO Box 202, DK-2950 Vedbaek.
All helicopters are based at Karup and onboard five ships.
Current Order of Battle
Historical Orders of Battle
The order of battle between 2004 and 2010 was as below:
Click on unit name for more details
||Super Lynx Mk.90B
All-Time Flying Units List
Soevaernets Helikopter Tjeneste
Current Air Bases
All-Time Air Bases Used List
Until 2003 the main naval helicopter base was at Vaerlose. Subsequently, all helicopters were operated from Karup – the military helicopter base for Denmark.
Military Air Bases List
Aircraft & helicopter carrying ships list
World Air Power Journal No.1 p.134
Air International Feb 1995
Official Danish Navy webpage
wikipedia: Royal Danish Navy
Naval Aviation Fleet List 1962-Present
Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.