Turkish Cypriot Security Forces Command

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus / Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti (TRNC/KKTC) has a small security force manned by Turkish Cypriots. It operates independently of the Turkish armed forces based in northern Cyprus. Most of the equipment and training is supplied by the Turkish Army.

The Turkish Cypriot Security Force was established in 1975, not long after the Turkish occupation of Northern Cyprus. It seems that about ten years later an Air Unit was established with equipment from the Turkish Army. Around the year 2000 this unit upgraded to the latest AS 532 Cougar helicopter.

Key Dates

July 1974    Turkish forces occupy Northern Cyprus
1975   Turkish Cypriot Security Force established
19??   Air Unit established

Current Status

The helicopters of the GKK are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

National Insignia

The helicopters appear to operate without national insignia, except possibly a TRNC flag on the fin. Service titles appear on the tail boom TURK xxxx??

Aircraft Serial Numbers

No information available on GKK serial numbering. It is possible that Turkish Army serials are retained.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

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Aircraft Type Total
Del'd
Total
Now
Still On
Order
Role
Aerospatiale AS 532 Cougar220Security

All-Time Aircraft Used List

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Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Aerospatiale AS 532 Cougar2?currentTurkish Army
Bell UH-1 Iroquois?19???Turkish Army
Mil Mi-17 'Hip-H'2199??unknown

Aircraft NOT Used

The Cessna 172 reported in EAFD is most likely a civilian aircraft.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Security Forces Command, Boğaz, Girne. (Girne is the Turkish name for Kyrenia).

Organisational Structure

The GKK Air Unit has no subsidiary units.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The location of the helicopter base is not known. Possible it is in the region of Girne/Kyrenia.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

Aerospace Encyclopedia of World Air Forces (Aerospace, 1999) p.170
European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

Official Website
GKK Official Website Translated
wikipedia: Security Forces Command
Facebook page

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Panamanian National Aeronaval Service

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

After the US invasion of December 1989, the existing Panamanian Air Force had been disbanded. Another air force was formed as part of the Fuerza Publicas Panameña (Panamanian Public Forces), as Servicio Aérea Nacional (National Air Service) with 16 fixed- and rotary-winged aircraft organised in three operational squadrons and one presidential flight.

The Servicio Aérea Nacional was merged with the Servicio Maritimo Nacional on 21.11.2008 to form the Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SNA).

Key Dates

1990    Servicio Aérea Nacional was formed
21 November 2008   Servicio Nacional Aeronaval was established.

Current Status

The aircraft of the SNA are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

National Insignia

National Markings

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

World Air Power Journal 32, p.156
Air Forces Monthy 11/2000 p. 46-47

Websites

Servicio Nacional Aeronaval

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.