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Current Title: Comando de Aviación Naval de Armada de República Colombia
Title in English: Naval Aviation Command
Abbreviation: ARC


Narrative Summary:
Colombian Naval Aviation started in August 1933, when the Base Anfibias del Pacífico at Buenaventura was formed under the command of the Air Force. In 1934 the Base Anfibias del Atlántico at Cartagena was opened. Dornier Wal, Consolidated P2Y and Curtiss F-8 Falcon operated from this base, which was however closed in 1936. On 14.8.1944 the Comando de Aviación was formed but the service was deactivated in 1949, when the Base Anfibias del Pacífico at Buenaventura was closed.

Modern naval aviation started in 1972, when the Patrulla Aeronaval de Cartagena was formed with a Piper PA-22 Tripacer. In 1975 the Escuela de Aviación was established. Helicopter operations started in 1983 with the arrival of two MBB Bo-105CB helicopters. The name of the Patrulla Aeronaval was changed in 1985 to Comando de Aviación Naval.

The first operational unit was formed in 1987, when the Grupo Aeronaval del Atlántico was established at Cartagena / Rafael Nuñez IAP. A second unit was formed in 1997 with the formation of the Grupo Aéronaval del Pacifico at Bahía Málaga / Estación Aeronaval Juanchaco. The last operational unit to be formed was the Grupo Aéronaval de Transporte y Apoyo Fluvial at Bogotá in 2000. During these years the service received some fixed wing aircraft for maritime surveillance and communication duties. In 1998 the service got a large number of helicopter for SAR, liaison and transportation duties.


Key Dates:
1933   Base Anfibias del Pacífico at Buenaventura was formed.
14 August 1944   Comando de Aviación was formed.
1949   Comando de Aviación was disbanded.
1972   Patrulla Aeronaval de Cartagena was formed.
1975   Escuela de Aviación was established.
1985   Comando de Aviación Naval was formed.

Current Status:
The aircraft of the Naval Aviation are fully operational.

Future Plans:
No information available.


National Insignia:
Current --- Historical



Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
From 1983 ARC is used as a prefix and the serial numbers consists of three digits.


Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):

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Aircraft Designation System(s):

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Alphabetical Order --- Chronological Order


Main Headquarters:
Edif. Centro Administrativo Nacional, Av El Dorado con Carrera 52 Can, Bogotá

Current Organisational Structure:
The Naval Aviation operates from three main operation bases and three secondary airfields.

Current Order of Battle:
Table of Current Order of Battle



Historical Orders of Battle:



All-Time Flying Units List: (only units, which are not included in the Orders of Battle)

Escuela de Aviación Naval



Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
The Naval Aviation operates from three main operation bases and three secondary airfields.

Military Air Bases Listing

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
Military Air Bases Listing

More Information







World Air Power Journal No.30 p. 136


Scramble: Colombia Air Arms

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