FORCE REPORT: In the concluding part of their analysis of the Turkish Naval Aviation fleet, Onur Kurç and Tayfun Yaşar examine the history and operations of its rotary wing and unmanned components and look at prospects for the future.
Turkish Naval Aviation Part 2
The Türk Deniz Havacılığı (Turkish Naval Aviation) launched its helicopter operations in 1971 when it was decided to buy three AB204s from the Agusta production line in Italy. After necessary preparations, the Deniz Helikopter Filo Komutanlığı (Maritime Helicopter Squadron Command) was established at the army aviation base of Ankara Güvercinlik on August 15 the following year. Crews for the new unit underwent training on UH-1s operated by the Turkish Land Forces at the same base. AB204 serial TCB-31, the Turkish Naval Aviation’s first rotary-wing aircraft, arrived on October 4, 1972.