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Royal Netherlands Air Force squadrons 1990 - present
 
Latest update: May 2018
 
Below report contains the 'flying' squadrons of the RNLAF which are currently operational together with the squadrons which have been deactivated since 1990. Except these squadrons the RNLAF field squadrons its air bases specialized in aircraft maintenance and air base services (ATC, fire dept. etc).
 
Anniversaries: 2018
 
75 years: 7 squadron December 12 and 322 squadron June 12.
65 years: 313 squadron December 1 and 323 TES May 1.
10 years: Defence Helicopter Command July 10.

Both 313 and 322 squadrons have one anniversary aircraft, F-16BM J-882 and F-16AM J-879 respectively.
 
Squadron Air Base Aircraft Activated Deactivated Comment 50 jr 55 jr 60 jr 65 jr 70 jr 75 jr
                       
7 squadron De Kooy NH90-NFH 12-12-49   See note. 1993 1998 2003 2008 2013 2018
131 (EMVO) squadron Woensdrecht PC-7 1988   See note. 2038          
298 squadron Gilze-Rijen CH-47D/F 16-04-45     1995 2000 2005 2010 2015 2020
299 squadron Gilze-Rijen Alouette III 01-05-56 13-01-03 See note.            
300 squadron Gilze-Rijen AS532U2 01-10-62     2012 2017 2022 2027 2032 2037
301 squadron Gilze-Rijen AH-64D 12-03-98                
302 squadron Ft. Hood, TX AH-64D, CH-47F 25-11-13     2063          
303 squadron Leeuwarden AB412SP 03-1959 15-01-15   2009 2014        
306 squadron Volkel F-16AM/BM 01-10-53 06-12-10   2003 2008        
311 squadron Volkel F-16AM/BM 01-05-51 27-09-12   2001 2006 2011      
312 squadron Volkel F-16AM/BM 01-12-51     2001 2006 2011 2016 2021 2026
313 squadron Volkel F-16AM/BM 01-12-53     2003 2008 2013 2018 2023 2028
314 squadron Gilze-Rijen F-16AM/BM 01-05-52 01-01-96              
315 squadron Twente F-16AM/BM 01-07-52 16-04-04              
316 squadron Eindhoven F-16AM/BM 01-07-52 16-04-04              
320 squadron Valkenburg P-3C 01-06-40 14-01-05   1990 1995 2000      
322 squadron Leeuwarden F-16AM/BM 12-06-43     1993 1998 2003 2008 2013 2018
323 squadron Edwards AFB, CA F-35A 01-05-48     1998 2003 2008 2013 2018 2023
334 squadron Eindhoven G-IV, KDC-10 07-07-44     1994 1999 2004 2009 2014 2019
336 squadron Eindhoven C-130H/C-130H.30 25-10-07   See note. 2057          
860 squadron De Kooy NH90-NFH 15-06-43     1999 2004 2009 2014 2019 2024
                       
 
Note(s):

7 squadron:

Is 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.

299 squadron:

Is responsible for the training of helicopter crews in the Netherlands and borrows aircraft from the operational squadrons when required. The squadron deacticated as an operational squadron on the date in the above table.

306 squadron:

It's planned to reactivate the squadron. It will be based at Leeuwarden Air Base and equipped with the MQ-9 Reaper which 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.
 
History:
 
The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) inherited squadrons from its Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) and Royal Netherlands Army (RNA) 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.

In 2008 The Royal Netherlands Navy - Marine Luchtvaart Dienst (MLD - Navy aviation service) - transferred its 7 and 860 squadrons to the RNLAF (see DHC)..

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. 
 
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   336 squadron 
     
     
7 / 860  squadron    
Anniversary markings 
 
     
313 squadron  315 squadron 322 squadron
     
     
323 squadron