Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing
|Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing|
|Active||2 April 2001 – present|
|Role||Special operations aviation support|
|Part of||United Kingdom Special Forces|
|Stations||Headquarters – RAF Odiham|
No. 7 Sqn – RAF Odiham
No. 658 Sqn – Stirling Lines
|Aircraft||Boeing Chinook HC6|
Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin II
Westland Gazelle AH1
|Group Captain Nicholas Knight (RAF Odiham station commander)|
The wing is under the peacetime command of the Station Commander of RAF Odiham. However the Army and RAF retain full command of their respective personnel.
The wing was established on 2 April 2001 to unite No. 657 Squadron of the Army Air Corps (AAC), which operated the Westland Lynx AH9 helicopter, and the Royal Air Force's No. 7 Squadron, which operated the Boeing Chinook HC2 helicopter, under the one command.
In 2006, No. 651 Squadron AAC was reformed at RAF Odiham to operate the fixed-wing Britten-Norman Defender 4000 and incorporated into the wing. In July 2008, the squadron relocated to RAF Aldergrove as part of 5 Regiment AAC.
In 2008, No. 8 Flight AAC, which operated a covert fleet of Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin II helicopters in civilian livery and a fleet of Westland Gazelle AH1 helicopters, was incorporated into the wing. In September 2013, the flight was re-designated as No. 658 Squadron.
In May 2018, No. 657 Squadron AAC was disbanded following the retirement of the Lynx on 31 January 2018 with budget cuts precluding the purchase of replacement helicopters for the squadron's fleet. It was reported that an Army Air Corps Special Forces Flight of AgustaWestland Wildcat helicopters of between two and four helicopters named the Special Forces Wildcat Flight would be established.
- United Kingdom Joint Helicopter Command
- U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command
- U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command
- Australian Army 6th Aviation Regiment
- Canadian 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron
- French 4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment
- Italian 3rd Special Operations Helicopter Regiment
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