5 Squadron
Royal Bahraini Navy


Number 5 Squadron was formed in 1994 to operate the MBB Bo 105CBS-4. This is the only helicopter unit of the Royal Bahraini Navy. The unit forms part of the Helicopter Wing at Rifa’a Air Base.


Type Qty Service Example Serials
Bo 105CBS-4 2 1994 – Present 511

Unit Markings

Figure 1
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Main Bases

Base Duration
Rifa’a AB 1994 – Present

More Information


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Other Sources

To be added.

MBB Bo 105
in Royal Bahraini Navy service


Two Bo 105CBS-MSS acquired new from the manufacturer in 1994. The Bo 105CBS-MSS is a navalised version of the CBS-4, equipped for maritime surveillance and SAR with provisions including a search radar in an undernose radome and NVG compatible cockpit lighting. It can also be used for over the horizon targeting of the Exocet MM40 anti-shipping missile. Operated by the 5th Squadron.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
511     August 1994 noted Apr 1999
?     1994  

More Information


  • World Air Power Journal Vol 21 Summer 1995 p.9
  • Worldmil (1996) p.51
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Royal Bahraini Navy Air Arm

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

The Royal Bahraini Navy was first established in the 1970s as the Naval branch of the Bahrain Defense Force, to monitor shipping routes around the islands of the Bahrain archipelago. In 1987, the title Bahrain Amiri Navy was formally adopted. In 1994 the first helicopters were ordered and delivery took place soon after. In 2002 the official name was changed to Royal Bahraini Navy. The Navy air arm remains an all-helicopter force.

Key Dates

1971?    Bahrain Defense Force first established.
1987    BDF naval branch renamed Bahrain Amiri Navy.
1994    First helicopters acquired.
Feb 2002    Bahrain Amiri Navy renamed Royal Bahraini Navy.

Current Status

The Royal Bahraini Navy operates two fast attack craft and an ex-US Navy frigate which can embark helicopters. The helicopters are currently used for maritime surveillance and Search-and-Rescue tasks.

Future Plans

No future procurement plans known.


National Insignia

The Navy uses the same roundel and fin flash as the Amiri Air Force. The service titles ROYAL BAHRAINI NAVY are carried in Arabic and English on the fuselage sides, replacing the previous BAHRAIN AMIRI NAVY titles.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Navy uses the same three-digit numerical sequence system as the Air Force eg: 511.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

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Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
MBB Bo 105CBS 2 2 0 Maritime Patrol/SAR

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
MBB Bo 105CBS 2 1994 current Germany

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.


Main Headquarters


Organisational Structure

The Navy’s single helicopter squadron is co-located with the Air Force’s helicopter units at Rifa’a on Bahrain Island.

Current Order of Battle

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Squadron Type Base
5 Squadron MBB Bo 105CBS Rifa’a

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All helicopters are based at Rifa’a on Bahrain Island.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added

More Information


Bahrain Aviation Bibliography – to be added


No feature articles known.


wikipedia: Royal Bahrain Naval Force

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.