Title:Aviación de le Armada de Mexico (Mexican Naval Aviation)
Mexican naval aviation dates back to 1918, when a Mexican built biplane floatplane was successfully flown at the Port of Veracruz. In 1926 a unit of floatplanes was created in name for the Mexican Navy, but without aircraft and personnel.
Between 1927 to 1943 a few aircraft were acquired and a small number of Naval officers trained as naval pilots at the Air Force aviation school.
World War II brought the creation of the Naval aviation school and the establishment of the 1st Naval air squadron with Vought Sikorsky Kingfishers, with Mexican Air Force help. The aircraft had come from the Air Force via lend-lease.
In the post war years, the role of Naval aviation was defined as supporting Naval units, search and rescue, coastal patrols and to help the general population in case of disasters.
In the 1990's the Mexican Navy started to acquire ex-Soviet-bloc aircraft and helicopters. In 1999 the Mexican Navy started a program to built kitplanes and helicopters at Las Bajadas, Veracruz. So far, two airplanes and one helicopter have been built. Also the Aviation workshops has started to arm the Mi-8 helicopters to NATO standards.
At present, the Aviacion de la Armada de Mexico is undergoing a re-organization of its units in the late 1990's, not all the details are know. Some units were to move from one location to another, while others were created and some aircraft roles and duties were changed - for example it is reported that the Beech F-33C is not longer used for training but as a patrol aircraft.
Main Headquarters:Mexico City, International Airport.
Aircraft Inventory:Current service types
Order of Battle-
ESCAMET = Escuadrón de Ala Móvil de Exploración y Transporte
ESCBUS = Escuadrón de Búsqueda y Salvamento
ESCEMPAT = Escuadrón Aeronaval Embarcado de Patrulla Maritima
ESCINTREC = Escuadrón de Intercepción y Reconocimiento
ESCPAT = Escuadrón de Patrulla
ESCPATMAR = Escuadrón de Patrulla Maritima
ESCTRANS = Escuadrón Aeronaval de Transporte