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|Latvian National Guard|
The Latvian National Guard was first formed on 23 August 1991, immediately after independence was achieved. It functions in a similar way to the National Guard of the USA, as a reserve military force and emergency relief organisation manned by part-time reservists. An aviation component was introduced in 1993, with a fleet of ex-Soviet DOSAAF light aircraft and gliders. In 2000 the aviation component became part of the Air Force.
|23 August 1991||National Guard first formed|
|1993||Aviation unit established|
|2000||Aviation unit incorporated into the Air Force|
All National Guard aircraft were transferred to the Air Force in 2000. The National Guard Aviation Unit continues as a pool of reserve personnel for supplementing the Air Force.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
Latvian National Guard aircraft carried three digit serial numbers, in the same sequence as the air force, except that the first number is always ‘2’.
Coding system not used.
None – Manufacturers designations used.
Current Aircraft Inventory
Not applicable – disbanded in 2000.
All-Time Aircraft Used List
Aircraft NOT Used
Former National Guard aircraft are now part of the Air Force.
Current Order of Battle
Historical Orders of Battle
List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.
All-Time Flying Units List
To be added.
Current Air Bases
Former National Guard aircraft are now based at Lielvarde.
All-Time Air Bases Used List
The main base was at Cesis, with Daugavpils, Rezekne, Limbazi and Riga-Spilves also used.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.
Latvian Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.
World Air Power Journal No.28 P.30
Air International December 1998
Air Forces Monthly March 1995