Danish Naval Aviation

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Soevaernets Helikopter Tjeneste
English Title:
Danish Naval Aviation
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

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.

Key Dates

1962 Naval aviation resumed using Alouette III helicopters.
1971 Naval aviation unit named Soevaernets Flyvetjaeneste.
January 2004 Naval aviation unit renamed to present title.
31 December 2010 Naval aviation unit disbanded and transferred to thr RDanAF.

Current Status

The service has been transferred to Air Force control.

Future Plans

Not applicable.


National Insignia


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.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Instructional Airframes

Retired aircraft used for technical training

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service – none known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

PO Box 202, DK-2950 Vedbaek.

Organisational Structure

All helicopters are based at Karup and onboard five ships.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

The order of battle between 2004 and 2010 was as below:
Click on unit name for more details

Squadron Type Base
SHT Super Lynx Mk.90B Karup

All-Time Flying Units List

Soevaernets Helikopter Tjeneste

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

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

More Information


None known.


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.

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