National Helicopter Service Ltd
Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force


Key Facts

Short Name:
Main Role: Anti-Narcotics
Secondary Role: Search & Rescue
First Formed: 1973
Parent Unit: Defence Force HQ
Current Status: Active


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



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

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Main Bases

Base Duration
Camden Heliport/Chaguaramas/Trinidad 1973 – Present


None currently available.

More Information


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

Other Sources

To be added.

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