The Hellenic Navy Helicopter Command is under the Hellenic Fleet Command by means of Administrative and Operational Command.
To provide the proper coordination, operational training, maintenance and technical support to the aircrews and the assets according to the Hellenic Fleets commands and directives in order to ensure combat readiness and carry out missions and tasks in support of the Hellenic Fleet mission.
Hellenic Navy Helicopter Command composed of three (3) subordinate installations and two (2) Helicopter Squadrons:
a. Naval Helicopter Base is responsible for providing logistic and technical support to the assets and installations of Kotroni Airport-Heliport. It is also responsible for quartering personnel of all services based in the KOTRONI territory.
b. Hellenic Navy Helicopter School is responsible for providing all levels of training to helicopter pilots, sensors operators and maintenance personnel for H.N. Helicopters. It also provides training for ship’s personnel which involve helo operations (FDO’s, FDD’s and DCL’s)
c. Amfiali Heliport Station is used as a spare heliport, capable to host and provide all kinds of services to HN helicopters.
d. First Helicopter Squadron is providing the assets, the facilities and the personnel for the AB-212 ASW helicopters.
e .Second Helicopter Squadron is providing the assets, the facilities and the personnel for the S-70B and S-70B-6 helicopters.
1912 World’s first ever wartime naval air mission conducted .
On January 24th, 1912, Ensign Aristeidis Moraitinis along with Army Lieutenant Michalis Moutousis completed the first ever wartime naval aviation mission, flying a Maurice Farman hydroplane, over the Dardanelia Straits, where they detected the Turkish fleet. Moutousis and Moraitinis run over 180km in 2 hours and 20 minutes in order to accomplish their mission, which was extensively reported to Hellenic and International Press.
1917 Participation of Naval Air Force in First World War.
Action during the First World War: 20 dogfights, 80 bombings, 20 strike missions, 9 shoot downs, 25 ASW patrols, 27 offensive reconnaissances. Many moral rewards.
1931 Establishment of the Hellenic Air Force (Army and Navy Aviation air assets merged)
1940 First helicopter flight
1975 Hellenic Navy Helicopter Squadron was established at Athens International Airport.
1977 Squadron has been relocated to Amfiali Heliport
1979 Acquisition of AB 212 ASW/EW Helicopters
1980 Squadron has been upgraded to a Naval Command
1986 Hellenic Navy Helicopter Command was relocated to Kotroni –Marathon Airport Heliport
1992 Hellenic Navy Helicopter School was founded.
1995-2003 Acquisition of S-70 Helicopters
1996 The two Squadrons were founded, in order to support the requirements of the different types of helicopters.
Hellenic Navy Helicopter School
The Hellenic Navy Helicopter School is responsible for providing all levels of training to helicopter pilots, sensors operators and maintenance personnel for H.N. Helicopters. It ‘s also provides training for ship’s personnel which involve helo operations (FDO’s, FDD’s and DCL’s).