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Office of Aviation


 

 

Current Title: United States Department of State / Office of Aviation
Title in English: United States Department of State / Office of Aviation
Abbreviation: DOSAW

History

Narrative Summary:
The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) advises the President, Secretary of State, other bureaus in the Department of State, and other departments and agencies within the U.S. Government on the development of policies and programs to combat international narcotics and crime.

The Office of Aviation of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, based at Patrick AFB in Melbourne, Florida, is an essential element in achieving international counternarcotics and border security objectives. Through its contracts with DynCorp since 1991, it assists host governments worldwide in their efforts to locate and eradicate drug crops, interdict drug production and trafficking activities, and develop internal institutional counternarcotics aviation capabilities. The aviation program, with a fleet of over 189 aircraft, provides eradication, mobility, interdiction, and logistical support capabilities that augment and facilitate ground operations and in many cases perform functions that would not be possible by any other means. Training and maintenance is conducted by DynCorp at Patrick AFB. This company flies and maintains aircraft and helicopters at various locations in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru.

 

Key Dates:
1991    DynCorp works for the Office of Aviation.
 

Current Status:
Units of the Office of Aviation are fully operational.

Future Plans:
The US State Department has signed an open ended contract for as many as 110 Sikorsky S-61T Triton helicopters from Sikorsky over the next five years for US diplomat transportation and cargo services. The first four reworked helicopters will be completed in April, with delivery set for year’s end. The first batch of aircraft will support missions for the US Embassy in Afghanistan.

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Markings

National Insignia:
Current --- Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
The aircraft operate with civil registration or with military registrations of the host countries. e.g. Colombian Army registration EJC-406

Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designation System(s):
None.

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Table of Current Service Aircraft

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

Organisation

 

Main Headquarters:

Office of Aviation / Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) / Department of State, Patrick AFB,FL
 

Current Organisational Structure:
The Office of Aviation currently operates from one mayor airbase in the United States and from various airbases in the countries of operations.

Current Order of Battle:
Table of Current Order of Battle

 

 

Historical Orders of Battle:

Historical Order of Battle (as at 2009)

Historical Order of Battle (as at 2010)

 


 

All-Time Flying Units List:

No information available.

 

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
The Office of Aviation currently operates from one mayor airbase in the United States and from various airbases in the countries of operations.

Military Air Bases Listing

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

More Information

 

Books:

None.

Magazines:

None.

 

Websites:

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (Official homepage / includes aviation pages)

End-Use Monitoring Reports (Official homepage / includes aviation pages)

International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs: Program and Budget Guide (Official homepage)

The Lowcountry Listening Post: DOS Air Wing

Aircraft Registration Database

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First Created: 20 June 2008 - Last Revised: 20 July 2011
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