Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force

Operator Profile
 

Key Facts

Current Title:
Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard
English Title:
Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard
Abbreviation:
TTAG
First Established:
1966
ICAO Code:
(None)
Country:
Trinidad & Tobago
Status:
Active

History

Narrative Summary

The Air Wing of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Coast Guard was formed in February 1966 with a Cessna 337. In early 1973 helicopters were purchased with the intention to operate them from the Camden Heliport/Chaguaramas. This resulted in the division of the Air Wing with the Fixed Wing Flight based at Piarco IAP/Port of Spain, and the helicopter unit based at Camden Heliport/Chaguaramas. The operations of the Rotary Wing Flight were transferred to civilian control in 1976 when it was renamed the Air Division of the Ministry of National Security. In 1977 the Air Wing became a separate branch of the TTDF. The Air Division of the Ministry of National Security became the National Helicopter Services Ltd in 1990 and obtained some Bo-105 helicopters the following year. The Air Wing saw huge expansion in the late nineties with the donation by the United States of two Piper PA-31s and two ex USAF C-26 Metros, the most capable aircraft in the current inventory. The aircraft are mainly operated in anti-narcotic and maritime patrol roles alongside US forces in the Caribbean, patrolling the important sea lanes surrounding the nation. The Air Wing was renamed Air Guard and the Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad & Tobago was formed on 1.8.2005.

Key Dates

February 1966    The Air Wing of the TTDFCG was formed.
1973    The Air Wing was divided in the Fixed Wing Flight and Rotary Wing Flight.
1976    Rotary Wing Flight was transferred to civilian control and renamed the Air Division of the Ministry of National Security.
1977    The Air Wing became a separate branch of the TTDF.
1990    The Air Division became the National Helicopter Services Ltd.
1 August 2005    The Air Wing was renamed Air Guard and the Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad & Tobago was formed.

Current Status

The Air Guard is fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

National Insignia

Current — Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

First serials were allocated to aircraft in 1966. Serials began with number 1 and were used in chronological order as aircraft and helicopters arrived in the Air Guard. TTDF was used as a prefix for aircraft and helicopters of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Air Wing. Today only the serial number is applied on the tailfin of aircraft.

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 of aircraft on order or in service have been noted.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Airways Road, Chaguaramas, Trinidad.

Organisational Structure

No information about sub-units of the Air Guard is available.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1973)
Historical Order of Battle (as at 2010)

All-Time Flying Units List

Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Air Wing
Fixed Wing Flight
Rotary Wing Flight
National Helicopter Service Ltd
Police Service – Air Support Unit
Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad & Tobago

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard currently operates from one major airbase and one heliport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books

None.

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

None known.

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