Cyprus Air Command

Operator Profile
 

Key Facts

Current Title:
Ethniki Froura Diikissi Aeroporias
English Title:
Cyprus Air Command
Abbreviation:
DA
First Established:
1963
ICAO Code:
(None)
Country:
Cyprus
Status:
Active

History

Narrative Summary

Air Force History

Key Dates

Air Force Timeline

Current Status

The Cyprus National Guard Air Wing, or more formally the Cyprus Air Command, currently has two main air bases on the island, including Papandreou AFB in Paphos, and Lakatamia AFB in Nicosia district. The military forces also use both Paphos and Larnaca International Airports on a regular basis. Larnaca is the main headquarters of the Police Air Wing, which shares joint command with the Air Command.

Main roles are patrol, communications, police support, firefighting, search and rescue, coastguard activities and casualty evacuation. Its operations are restricted to the Southern Greek-Cypriot area of the island. Cyprus became responsible for carrying out SAR duties in the area in March 2002.

Future Plans

None known.

Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

1960-1974
The first CNGAW aircraft carried serial numbers prefixed by the letters ‘CR’ (Cyprus Republic). The prefix ‘D’ was reportedly used for a short time after 1968:

CR1 AB.47J CR2 AB.47J CR3 Do 27Q CR4 ?
CR5 ? D6 Beech C-45 D7 Piper L-21B CR8 Piper Colt

1982-Present
When the CNGAW was reformed in 1982, the aircraft operated with civil registrations eg: 5B-ICV for the Maritime Defender. With the delivery of the Gazelles in 1988, a new military serialling system was introduced. This comprised a three-digit serial number, where the first digit indicates the aircraft type and last two digits identify the individual airframe, eg: 901 for a PC-9.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False Reports of Aircraft in Service

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Cypriot National Guard Air Command, Nicosia.

Organisational Structure

The flying element of the Cyprus Air Command currently comprise three squadrons, located at two different air bases.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Order of Battle for 1964
Historical Order of Battle for 1974
Historical Order of Battle for 1985
Historical Order of Battle for 1990
Historical Order of Battle for 2000

All-Time Flying Units List

Mira Aeroskafon
Mira Elikopteron-Aeroskafon
449 Mira Antiarmatikon Elikopteron
450 Mira Elikopteron
460 Mira Elikopteron

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Air bases currently used are Paphos and Lakatamia. The airfield at Paphos is equipped with hardened aircraft shelters and hosts occasional visits from Greek AF F-16s.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

In addition to the bases currently used by the DA, a number of airports and airfields around the country have been used by other Air Forces.
Cyprus Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information

Books

Aerospace Encyclopedia of World Air Forces (Aerospace, 1999) p.170

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.5 p.142
Air Fan October 1995
Air Forces Monthly August 1996
Air Forces Monthly October 2003
Cockpit (Stragiki AE)

Websites

Official Cyprus Army Website
wikipedia: Cyprus Air Forces
Scramble: Cyprus Overview
wikipedia: Cyprus National Guard Air Command

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.
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