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The two HH-65A Dolphins fly together.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)

Unit History


193 Squadron

(193 Tayeset "Ha'Masokiet Ha'Ame'it" - The Naval Helicopter Squadron)
Role: Fire Control/Maritime Patrol/ASR

The IDF's Aerospatiale HH-65A Dolphins are owned by the Navy (Chel Ha'yam), but maintained and operated by the Air Force. They are in fact Americanised versions of the AS366G Dauphin 2, identical to those used by the US Coast Guard.

The helicopters are flown from Aliyah-class Fast Missile Boats for anti- shipping, maritime patrol and air-sea rescue missions. This unit has been identified as 193 Squadron. The Dolphins have now been repainted from the original white/red USCG colour scheme to a less conspicious blue-grey scheme, with a new tail badge which is shown in Figure 89.

HH-65 Dolphin serial 901 flies by the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)
The rescue winch is clearly visible in this head-on view. (photo, Israeli Air Force)
The Dolphins later appeared in a blue-grey colour scheme. Here, 905 lowers a crewman to an Israeli Navy ship. (photo, Israeli Air Force)

Air Bases:
Base Duration
Palmachim & IDF Missile Boats 1988-Present

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
HH-65A Dolphin21988 - Present14X-FJA/901 ,905

Unit Insignia:
Figure 1
Figure 1 courtesy of Amos Dor



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