List to be added.
To be added.
|1928||First RAN avation unit taken over by the RAAF.|
|1946||Post-WW2 defence review recommends Naval air arm.|
|June 1947||First aircraft carrier purchased from the UK.|
|3 July 1947||Navy-controlled Australian Fleet Air Arm formally established.|
|December 1948||Aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney enters service.|
|1951||RAN units participate in the Korean War.|
|1955||First jet combat aircraft received – Sea Venom.|
|June 1983||Carrier aviation ends in the RAN.|
|1991||RAN units participate in the 1st Gulf War.|
|2000||Last fixed-wing aircraft retired.|
All RAN helicopters are currently active.
No plans known.
Navy aircraft originally operated in full Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm markings, with red/white/blue roundels in the standard six positions plus a fin flash. From September 1956 a roundel with a red kangaroo in the centre was adopted. In accordance with revised Royal Navy practice, the fin flash was also deleted around this time. The service titles ‘NAVY’ were not introduced until after the Korean War, and applied to the fuselage sides of all in-service types. In the 1980s a low-visibility black or grey version of the kangaroo roundel was introduced.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
Aircraft operating with the RAN originally retained their Royal Navy FAA serials, but in 1965 a system similar to the RAAF prefix number system was introduced. RAN aircraft serials would now consist of a prefix identifying the basic aircraft followed by an individual aircraft number, e.g. Wessex N7-200. This new system was only applied to newly delivered aircraft, although the ex-US Navy S-2 Trackers retained their US Navy BuA numbers. In the early 1970s the Navy system was integrated with the RAAF system, whereby N17 was used by Navy Kiowas and A17 by Air Force Kiowas.
The RAN still uses a coding system based on the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm aircraft coding system introduced in 1946. It consists of a 3-digit number, where the first digit indicated the aircraft layout of function, and the remaining two digits were an individual number, e.g. Single-seaters used 100 series codes. In 1955 all second-line units switched to 900 series codes, and in 1958 all RAN aircraft were recoded with 800 series codes. By the 1970s all 800 series codes had been used up and the Sea Kings received 900 series codes. The Navy now uses a mix of 800 series and 900 series codes for reasons of tradition, while contractor supplied types use their construction numbers as codes. Royal Navy style ship or airfield letter codes have also been carried on the fin since the early days.
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
All-Time Aircraft Used List
Aircraft NOT Used
A 2006 order for IAI I-View 250 Surveilance UAVs was cancelled in 2008.
Aircraft Losses and Incidents
To be added.
Fleet Air Arm Headquarters, HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW.
The Australian Navy Aviation Group currently comprises of four squadrons – two operational units and two training units.
Current Order of Battle
Historical Orders of Battle
List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
RAN helicopters are based at Nowra, NSW.
All-Time Air Bases Used List
To be added.
Aircraft-Carrying Ships Listing – to be added.
To be added
|723 Squadron||Bell 429||Nowra|
|Aircraft Type||Total Del’d||Total Active||Still on Order||Role|
|Aerospatiale AS350B Ecureuil||14||12||0||Training|
|Bell 429 Global Ranger||3||3||0||Utility|
|NH Industries MRH 90||2||2||0||Transport|
|Sikorsky MH-60R Sea Hawk||0||0||19||ASW|
|Sikorsky S-70B-2 Sea Hawk||24||21||0||ASW|
This page lists all the flying units of the Royal Australian Navy, since its formation.
RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam
|Aircraft Type||Quantity||Service Entry||Out of Service||Origin|
|Aerospatiale AS350B Ecureuil||13||1983||current||France|
|AgustaWestland A109E Power||3||2007||2012||leased|
|Auster J/5G Autocar||2||1953||1963||UK|
|BAE Systems MQM-107E Kalkara||20||1998||2008||Australia|
|Bell UH-1B/C Iroquois||9||1963||1989||USA|
|Bell UH-1H Iroquois||?||?||?||RAAF|
|Bell 206B Kalkadoon||6||1971||1998||USA/Australia|
|Bell 429 Global Ranger||3||2012||current||leased|
|Bristol 171 Sycamore HR Mk 50/51||13||1953||1977||UK|
|Commonwealth CA-16 Wirraway||18||1948||1957||Australia|
|Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk IV||1||?||?||USA|
|de Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth||4||1948||1958||Australia|
|de Havilland D.H.100 Vampire F.30||8||?||?||UK|
|de Havilland D.H.115 Sea Vampire T.22||4||1957||1970||UK|
|de Havilland D.H.115 Vampire T.34/34A||6||1954||1970||Australia|
|de Havilland D.H.112 Sea Venom FAW.53||39||1956||1978||UK|
|de Havilland D.H.112 Sea Venom FAW.20||?||1955||?||loaned|
|Douglas A-4G Skyhawk||16||1967||1983||USA|
|Douglas TA-4G Skyhawk||4||1971||1982||USA|
|Douglas C-47A Dakota||4||1949||1977||USA|
|Fairey Firefly T.1||?||1950||?||UK|
|Fairey Firefly FR.4||2||1949||1958||UK|
|Fairey Firefly AS.5||37||1949||1966||UK|
|Fairey Firefly T.5||4||1948||1966||UK|
|Fairey Firefly AS.6||69||1950||1966||UK|
|Fairey Gannet A.S.1/4||33||1955||1977||UK|
|Fairey Gannet T.2/T.5||4||1957||1977||UK|
|Fokker F27-500 Friendship||1||?||2010||Ex-civil|
|Grumman CS-2A Tracker||1||1972||?||USA|
|Grumman S-2E Tracker||15||1967||1984||USA|
|Grumman S-2G Tracker||16||1977||1984||USA|
|Hawker Sea Fury FB.11||101||1949||1963||UK|
|Hawker Siddeley H.S.748||2||1973||1998||UK|
|IAI 1124A Westwind II||1||?||2009||leased|
|Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite||11||2004||2008||USA|
|NH Industries MRH-90||2||2007||current||France|
|Northrop KD2R-5 Shelduck||?||1965||1973||USA|
|Sikorsky HO3S-1 Dragonfly||2||1950||1951||loaned|
|Sikorsky MH-60R Sea Hawk||24||2013||current||USA|
|Sikorsky S-70B-2 Sea Hawk||16||1987||current||USA/Australia|
|Sopwith 1F.1 Camel||7||1917||1919||UK|
|Sopwith 1 ½ Strutter||3||1918||1919||UK|
|Supermarine Seagull III||9||1926||1936||UK|
|Supermarine Seagull V (Walrus)||36||1939||1949||UK|
|Supermarine Sea Otter||5||1948||1953||UK|
|Supermarine Spitfire Vc||1||?||?||UK|
|Supermarine Spitfire VIII||15||1948||1952||UK|
|Vought OS2U-3 Kingfisher||1||1948||1948||USA|
|Westland Scout AH.1||2||1963||1977||UK|
|Westland S-51 Dragonfly H.R.3||2||1951||?||loaned|
|Westland S-58 Wessex HAS.31A||27||1962||1968||UK|
|Westland S-58 Wessex HAS.31B||25||1968||1990||upgrade|
|Westland S-61 Sea King Mk.50||15||1974||1998||UK|