Jamaican Defence Force

Operator Profile
 

Key Facts

Current Title:
Jamaican Defence Force
English Title:
Jamaican Defence Force
Abbreviation:
JDF
First Established:
1963
ICAO Code:
(None)
Country:
Jamaica
Status:
Active

History

Narrative Summary

The Jamaican Air Force was formed in June 1963 as the Jamaican Air Squadron with pilots from the Jamaican Flying Club. It was only one month later that the Jamaican Defence Force Air Wing was established on the 3 July 1963 after the arrival of 4 Cessna 185. Training was carried out in England until 1972 and after that in Canada. From 1971 to 1973 the Air Wing received some Bell 206 and Bell 212 helicopters. In April 1977 the Air Wing became an autonomous unit within the JDF. During 1989 4 Bell UH-1H were leased from the US Government. Most of the equipment was sold over the years. At the beginning of 2000 the Air Wing was re-equipped with the Bell 412 and Aerospatiale AS-355 Ecureuil.

Key Dates

June 1963    Formation of Jamaican Air Force
3 July 1963   Formation of Jamaican Defence Force Air Wing
April 1977   Air Wing becomes an autonomous unit

Current Status

The aircraft of the Air Wing are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

H is used for helicopters, A for auxiliary (liaison) aircraft and T for transport aircraft as a prefix.

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

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Up Park Camp, Kingston

Organisational Structure

The Air Wing is organised into three operational flights and one training school.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

1.Flight
2.Flight
3.Flight
Jamaica Military Aviation School

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All current Jamaican Air Force fixed wing aircraft are based at Norman Manley IAP/Kingston and the helicopters at Up Park Camp/Kingston.
Military Air Bases Listing

All-Time Air Bases Used List

All current Jamaican Air Force fixed wing aircraft are based at Norman Manley IAP/Kingston and the helicopters at Up Park Camp/Kingston.
Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

Air International May 2001 p.314-317

Websites

Jamaica Defence Force

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.
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