National Security Operations Centre
Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force

History

The unit was formed on 1.9.2011 when the Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad & Tobago was disbanded.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Sikorsky S-76 Spirit 1 2011 – Present MNS-1
Eurocopter AS-355F Ecureuil 2 1 2011 – Present MNS-2
MBB Bo 105CBS 2 2011 – Present MNS-3, MNS-4
Westinghouse Skyship 600 2 2011 – Present n/a


Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added


Main Bases

Base Duration
Piarco IAP/Port of Spain/Trinidad 2011 – Present


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/2007 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

Historical Order of Battle for 2010
Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force

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Unit Type Base
  Air Guard Chaguaramas/Airways Road/Trinidad
Air Guard C-26A, PA-31, Cessna 310 Port of Spain/Piarco IAP/Trinidad
Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad & Tobago S-76A, Ecureuil, Sky Dragon Port of Spain/Piarco IAP/Trinidad
National Helicopter Services S-76A, Bo-105 Camden Heliport/Chaguaramas/Trinidad

 

National Markings
Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Trinidad & Tobago Air Force since its formation:



                                  
                 Main Marking              Fuselage Flash

1966-Present
The main marking is displayed in 2 positions on the fuselage sides of aircraft. The serial number is displayed on the tailfin. The fuselage flash is displayed diagonally over the fuselage. The helicopters have "NATIONAL SECURITY" written on the fuselage and the civilian registration number applied on the fuselage.

Police Service – Air Support Unit
Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force

History

The unit was formed on 31.8.2011, when the Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad & Tobago was disbanded.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Sikorsky S-76 Spirit 1 2011 – Present SAUTT-1
Eurocopter AS-355F Ecureuil 2 1 2011 – Present SAUTT-2
MBB Bo-105CBS 2 2011 – Present SAUTT-3, SAUTT-4
Westinghouse Skyship 600 2 2011 – Present n/a


Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added


Main Bases

Base Duration
Piarco IAP/Port of Spain/Trinidad 2011 – Present


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/2007 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

Air Guard
Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force

History

The Air Wing of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Coast Guard was formed in 1966 with a Cessna 337. In early 1973 helicopters were purchased with the intention to operate them from the Chaguaramas Heliport. This resulted in the division of the Air Wing with the Fixed Wing Flight based at Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, and the helicopter unit based at 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 Wing was renamed Air Guard on 1.8.2005.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Cessna 337 (O-2A) Skymaster 1 1966 – 1972 TTDF-1(1)
Cessna 402 Utililiner 1 1972 – 1998 201
SNIAS SA-341G/H Gazelle 1/2 1973 – 1995 9Y-TFN,9Y-TFO,9Y-TGU
Cessna 310 1 1985 – n/a 202
Cessna 172 Skyhawk 1 1991 – 1998 9Y-TES
Piper PA-31 Navajo 2 2000 – 2010 203, 204
Swearingen C-26B Metroliner 2 2000 – Present 215, 216
AgustaWestland AW139 4 2011 – Present 9Y-AG311, 9Y-AG312
9Y-AG313, 9Y-AG314


Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added


Main Bases

Base Duration
Crown Point IAP/Scarborough/Tobago 1966 – Present


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/2007 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

Fixed Wing Flight
Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force

History

In early 1973 helicopters were purchased with the intention to operate them from the Chaguaramas Heliport. This resulted in the division of the Air Wing with the Fixed Wing Flight based at Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, and the helicopter unit based at 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.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Cessna 402 Utililiner 1 1972 – 1998 201


Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added


Main Bases

Base Duration
Piarco IAP/Port of Spain/Trinidad 1973 – 1976


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2002/2003 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

National Helicopter Service Ltd
Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force

History

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. The Air Division of the Ministry of National Security became the National Helicopter Services Ltd in 1990 and obtained some Bo-105 helicopters in the following years.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
SNIAS SA-341G/H Gazelle 1/2 1973 – 1995 9Y-TFN,9Y-TFO,9Y-TGU
Sikorsky S-76 Spirit 3 1981 – Present 9Y-TGW, 9Y-TGX,9Y-TJW
MBB Bo-105CBS 3 1991 – Present 9Y-THP, 9Y-TIC, 9Y-TIW


Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added


Main Bases

Base Duration
Camden Heliport/Chaguaramas/Trinidad 1973 – Present


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2002/2003 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force

History

The unit was formed in 2003 and disbanded on 1.9.2011, when its helicopters joined the National Security Operations Centre (NSOC).

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Sikorsky S-76 Spirit 1 2004 – 2011 SAUTT-1
Eurocopter AS-355F Ecureuil 2 1 2004 – 2011 SAUTT-2
WAC Aeros-40B SkyDragon 1 2005 – 2006 N818AC
Westinghouse Skyship 600 2 2005 – 2011 n/a
MBB Bo 105CBS 2 2010 – 2011 SAUTT-3, SAUTT-4


Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added


Main Bases

Base Duration
Piarco IAP/Port of Spain/Trinidad 2005 – 2011


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/2007 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force

Operator Profile

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.

Historical Order of Battle for 1973
Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force

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Unit Type Base
Coast Guard Air Wing   Chaguaramas/Airways Road
Fixed Wing Flight Cessna 402 Port of Spain/Piarco IAP
Rotary Wing Flight Gazelle Chaguaramas/Airways Road