| United States|
| Search and Rescue|
| 1952–1960; 1972–1975; 1988-present|
United States Air Force
United States Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa
The 56th Rescue Squadron is part of the 48th Operations Group, 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, England. It operates HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters conducting search and rescue missions. It will relocation to Aviano Air Base, Italy starting in 2017.
56th Rescue Squadron Wikipedia
The 56th Rescue Squadron is a combat-ready search and rescue squadron of HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters capable of executing all-weather search and rescue missions day or night in hostile environments in support of USAFE, USEUCOM, and NATO operations. It employs a state-of-the-art communications and navigation system along with advanced search and rescue equipment. The squadron is capable of deploying to any theater of operations in the world.
The 56th flew search and rescue, and medical evacuation, in North Africa and southern Europe from, November 1952-March 1960.
It flew combat missions in Southeast Asia from, 10 July 1972 – 15 August 1973, to include search and rescue, airborne mission control, and aerial refueling. The squadron continued to perform local search and rescue until February 1975. On 1 April 1972 the 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron was inactivated and its aircraft and crews temporarily became part of Detachment 4 of the 3d Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base. On 8 July 1972 the detachment was replaced by the 56th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron.
On 12 April 1975 the squadron's HC-130Ps supported Operation Eagle Pull, the evacuation of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
On 15 October 1975 the squadron was inactivated at Korat and its 4 remaining HC-130Ps joined the 40th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron.
It flew search and rescue support to the Iceland Defense Force from, May 1988-September 2006.
In 2011 a detachment of helicopters from the 56th deployed on board the USS Ponce (LPD-15).Constituted as the 56th Air Rescue Squadron on 17 October 1952
Activated on 14 November 1953
Discontinued and inactivated on 18 March 1960
Activated on 8 July 1972
Redesignated 56th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
on 10 July 1972
Inactivated on 15 October 1975
Activated on 1 May 1988
Redesignated 56th Air Rescue Squadron
on 1 June 1989
Redesignated 56th Rescue Squadron
on 1 February 1993
.7th Air Rescue Group, 14 November 1952 (attached to 5th Air Division until 28 February 1953)
12th Air Rescue Group, 8 December 1956
Air Rescue Service, 18 February 1958 - 18 March 1960 (attached European Rescue Operations Center)
3d Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group, 8 July 1972
41 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing (later 41 Rescue and Weather Reconnaissance Wing, 20 Aug 1972-15 Oct 1975 (attached to 3d Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group)
39th Special Operations Wing, 1 May 1988
41st Rescue and Weather Reconnaissance Wing, 1 April 1989
Air Rescue Service, 1 August 1989
Air Forces Iceland, 1 February 1993
35th Operations Group, 31 May 1993
85th Operations Group, 1 October 1994
85th Group, 1 July 1995
48th Operations Group, 28 June 2006 – present
Sidi Slimane Air Base, French Morocco], 14 November 1952 – 18 March 1960
Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, 8 July 1972 – 15 October 1975
Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, 1 May 1988
RAF Lakenheath, England, 1 June 2006 – present
Sikorsky H-5 Dragonfly (1952–1953)
Grumman SA-16 Albatross (1952–1960)
Douglas SC-47 Skytrain (1953–1956)
Sikorsky SH-19 (1953–1960)
Lockheed HC-130 Hercules (1972–1975)
Kaman HH-43 Huskie (1972–1975)
Sikorsky HH-3 Jolly Green Giant (1988–1992)
Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk (1992 – present)