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6th Aviation Regiment (Australia)

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Active  2008–current
Branch  Australian Army
Part of  16th Aviation Brigade
Country  Australia
Type  Aviation
Headquarters  Holsworthy Barracks
6th Aviation Regiment (Australia)

The 6th Aviation Regiment is one of the Australian Army's three Army Aviation regiments and was raised on 1 March 2008 to provide air mobility for the Australian Defence Force's special forces units.


The 6th Aviation Regiment, equipped with S70A Blackhawk helicopters, forms part of the 16th Aviation Brigade and is headquartered at Luscombe Army Airfield, Holsworthy Barracks, Sydney which was vacated by 161 Recce Squadron in 1995.


In November 2009, the Australian Army transferred all fixed wing surveillance aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force. 173 Surveillance Squadron subsequently re-equipped with the Kiowa Light Utility Helicopter and re-roled as an Advanced Training Squadron for future ARH Tiger and MRH-90 pilots with a name change to 173rd Aviation Squadron. In 2013, the Squadron converted to Blackhawk helicopters.


The regiment comprises:

  • 6th Aviation Regiment Headquarters (Holsworthy Barracks, Sydney, New South Wales)
  • 171st Aviation Squadron
  • 173rd Aviation Squadron
  • Support Squadron
  • Operations

    Notable operations include:

  • Operation Queensland Flood Assist (2011 disaster assistance in South East Queensland)
  • 2012 support to PNG elections
  • References

    6th Aviation Regiment (Australia) Wikipedia