Paraguayan Naval Aviation

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Aviación Naval Paraguaya
English Title:
Paraguayan Naval Aviation
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The service was formed as Servicio Aeronáutica de la Marina in 1927. Naval aviation started in 1929 with the purchase of a Savoia Marchetti SM.59bis and one CANT 10. During the Chaco War the service received two Macchi M.18. One of these aircraft (serial R-5) made the first night aerial bombing mission in South America on December 20, 1934. After the war it was absorbed into the army air force only to become a separate force in the fifties again as Servicio Aeronaval de la Armada del Paraguay. During World War Two the ANP got two N3N through the Lend-Lease Program.

After their participation in the Revolution of 1947, the ANP was almost dismantled. This was due to the fact that the ANP fought on the rebel side and since the Government forces won, the Navy had to pay the price. There was only one N3N operational at that time. It was only 1950 when the ANP got three Republic RC-3. During the next years the service got only small quantities of transport and communication aircraft. During the 1960s the name was again changed and became Aviación Naval Paraguaya. In 1972 the naval aviation got its first helicopter, four Bell 47G Sioux.

Today the ANP is organised into three Grupo Aeronavals.

Key Dates

1927    The service was formed as Servicio Aeronáutica de la Marina.
20 December 1934    First night aerial bombing mission in South America.
1950s    Naval aviation was reactivated as Servicio Aeronaval de la Armada del Paraguay.
1960s    The service was renamed as Aviación Naval Paraguaya.

Current Status

The aircraft of the Naval Aviation are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.


National Insignia


Aircraft Serial Numbers

Serial numbers consist of a three-digit number. Earlier transport aircraft were prefixed T, training aircraft E and helicopter H with a two or three-digit number.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


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.


Main Headquarters

Ministerio de Defensa Nacional, Avenida Mariscal Lopez y Vicepresidente Sanchez, Asunción

Organisational Structure

Today the ANP is organised in three Grupo Aeronavals.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1932)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1947)

All-Time Flying Units List

Escuadrilla de Caza-Bombardeo
Escuadrilla de Entrenamiento
Escuela Aeronaval
Esquadrilla de Helicópteros de Ataque
Esquadrilla de Propósitos Generales
Grupo Aeronaval de Helicópteros
Grupo Aeronaval de Propósitos Generales
Grupo Aeronaval Entrenamiento
Servicio Aeronaval (SAN)

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The Paraguay Naval Aviation currently operates two mayor airbases.
Military Air Bases Listing

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Paraguayan Army Aviation operated from one mayor airbase.
Military Air Bases Listing

More Information


Latin American Military Aviation (Midland Counties, 1982)
Militair 1982 (Aviation Press, 1982)


World Air Power Journal No.31 p. 150-152
SAFO Vol. 16, No.2 (62), p.41-43


wikipedia: Military of Paraguay
Scramble: Paraguayan Air Arms
La Armada Paraguaya
Auction of 3 Navy Aircraft

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

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