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Royal Netherlands Air Force and Naval Air Service squadrons 1990 - present
 
Latest update: October 2018
 
Below overview is based on the squadrons active from 1990 (when I started with photographing military aircraft).
 
Squadron Air Base Current aircraft Activated Deactivated Reactivated Deactivated Reactivated
               
7 squadron De Kooy NH90-NFH 23-12-49 1951 07-1955 1961 1962
131 (EMVO) squadron Woensdrecht PC-7 10-10-88        
298 squadron Gilze-Rijen CH-47D/F 16-04-45        
299 squadron Gilze-Rijen Alouette III 01-05-56 13-01-03 04-07-08    
300 squadron Gilze-Rijen AS532U2 01-10-62        
301 squadron Gilze-Rijen AH-64D 31-01-97        
302 squadron Ft. Hood, TX AH-64D, CH-47F 15-09-98        
303 squadron Leeuwarden AB412SP 26-04-59 15-01-15      
306 squadron Volkel None 14-09-53 10-12-10 14-09-18    
311 squadron Volkel F-16AM/BM 01-05-51 27-09-12      
312 squadron Volkel F-16AM/BM 01-12-51        
313 squadron Volkel F-16AM/BM 01-12-53 01-01-59 12-10-72    
314 squadron Gilze-Rijen F-16AM/BM 01-05-52 01-06-95      
315 squadron Twente F-16AM/BM 01-07-52 16-04-04      
316 squadron Eindhoven F-16AM/BM 01-04-53 16-04-04      
320 squadron Valkenburg P-3C 01-06-40 14-01-05      
322 squadron Leeuwarden F-16AM/BM 12-06-43        
323 squadron Edwards AFB, CA F-35A 15-11-48 04-11-14 05-11-14    
334 squadron Eindhoven G-IV, KDC-10 07-07-44        
336 squadron Eindhoven C-130H/C-130H.30 01-09-61 09-11-62 01-08-81 06-07-00  
860 squadron De Kooy NH90-NFH 01-06-43        
               

The Royal Netherlands Air Force celebrates its anniversary annually on July 1st with a ceremony and missing man formation at former Soesterberg Air Base. Military aviation in The Netherlands began at Soesterberg - known as the Bakermat (cradle) - on July 1, 1913. After several changes the Royal Netherlands Air Force officially stood up in 1953 with the Air Force receiving its royal designation.

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) inherited squadrons from its Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) and Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) colleagues:

In 1993 The Royal Netherlands Army transferred its 298, 299 and 300 squadrons which formed the Groep Lichte Vliegtuigen (GPLV - light aircraft group) to the RNLAF. Until 1995 the squadrons formed the Groep Helicopters Koninklijke Luchtmacht (GPHKLu - RNLAF Helicopter Group) which transferred into the Tactische Helicopter Groep (THG - Tactical Helicopter Group) in 1995.
The RNLAF stood up the Defensie Helikopter Command (DHC - Defence Helicopter Command) with its headquarters at Gilze-Rijen Air Base merging all defence helicopters operations of the RNLAF and RNLN into a single command on July 10, 2008. The Marine Luchtvaart Dienst (MLD - Navy aviation service) - transferred its 7 and 860 squadrons to the DHC. Its 320 squadron based at Naval Air Base Valkenburg already deactivated early 2005 with its 13 P-3C Orions sold to Germany (eight) and Portugal (five).

Except the flying squadrons the RNLAF fields squadrons at its air bases specialized in aircraft maintenance and air base services (ATC, fire dept. etc).
 
Anniversaries: 2018
 
10 years: Defence Helicopter Command July 10.
30 years: 131 (EMVO) squadron October 10.
65 years: 313 squadron December 1.
70 years: 323 TES November 15.
75 years: 322 squadron June 12.
75 years: 860 squadron June 15.
100 years: MVK De Kooy celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018.

Note: 323 squadron deactivated at as an F-16 squadron af Leeuwarden on Friday October 31, 2014 and was reactivated at Eglin AFB, Florida as 323 TES on Tuesday November 4, 2014.

Anniversary aircraft:

313 squadron: F-16BM J-882. Photograph not available.
322 squadron: F-16AM J-879. Photograph not available.
131 EMVO squadron L-13.
 
Photo gallery
 
131 (EMVO) squadron 298 squadron CH-47D  299 squadron
     
 300 squadron  301 squadron  303 squadron
     
   
 306 squadron  311 squadron  312 squadron
     
   
 313 squadron  314 squadron  315 squadron
     
     
316 squadron  320 squadron (MARPAT)   322 squadron 
     
     
 323 squadron (323 TES)  334 squadron   334 squadron 
     
     
336 squadron   7 / 860  squadron  
 
Comment(s):

7 squadron:

During its history the squadron was (de-)activated several times. Operational history: December 1949 - 1951 ; July 1955 -
1961 ; 1962 - present.

Current: responsible for training of aircrews, maintenance personnel and other personnel working with the NH90-NFH from ships (flight deck crews, boarding teams, medics). Furthermore the squadron is responsible for test and evaluation.

131 (EMVO) squadron:

Current: basic pilot training.

298 squadron:

Inherited the tradition from No. 6 Dutch Auster Squadron and No. 1 Artillery Reconnaisance department.

299 squadron:

The squadron deactivated as an operational squadron (BO-105) on January 13, 2003 and was activated again on July 4, 2008 as a training squadron without own aircraft.

Current: responsible for the training of helicopter crews in the Netherlands and borrows aircraft from the operational squadrons when required.

306 squadron:

The squadron will be reactivated in 2018 at Leeuwarden Air Base. From 2021 it will be fielded with the MQ-9 Reaper of which four will be purchased.

334 squadron:

Its two KDC-10 aircraft will be withdrawn from service in 2020 once the two A330MRTTs have arrived at Eindhoven AB. These will be assigned to NATO MFF. Based on the defence white paper published in April 2018 its sole Gulfstream G-IV will be replaced by a yet to be selected new VIP aircraft to enter service in 2022.

336 squadron:

The squadron was active until the 1990s operating two F-27.200MAR from Curaçao, Dutch Antilles and reactivated to operate the C-130 Hercules fleet transferred from 334 squadron.
 
RNLAF anniversary markings 
 
131 EMVO squadron 2018 312 squadron 2011 312 squadron 2011
313 squadron 2013 314 squadron 1993 315 squadron 2002
     
316 squadron 1993 322 squadron 1993 322 squadron 2008 
     
322 squadron 2008  322 squadron 2013 322 squadron 2013
     
 
323 squadron 2013 323 squadron 2013