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896th Helicopter Reconnaissance and Liaison Squadron
896. helikopterska eskadrila za izviđanje i vezu
Active 1981–1992
Disbanded 1992
Country  Yugoslavia
Branch Yugoslav Air Force
Type Squadron
Role Liaison
Part of 1st Army
Garrison/HQ Batajnica
Engagements Yugoslav wars

The 896th Helicopter Reconnaissance and Liaison Squadron (Serbo-Croatian: 896. helikopterska eskadrila za izviđanje i vezu / 896. хеликоптерска ескадрила за извиђање и везу) was an aviation squadron of Yugoslav Air Force formed in 1981 at Batajnica air base 896th Helicopter Flight (Serbo-Croatian: 896. helikoptersko odeljenje / 896. хеликоптерско одељење).

The helicopter flight was formed by order from August 18, 1981 for with 1st Army of Yugoslav People's Army for reconnaissance and liaison duties equipped with domestic made Soko SA,341 Gazelle helicopters. By order from March 1, 1985 it is designated as 896th Helicopter Reconnaissance and Liaison Squadron. Due the 1988 reorganization of field armies of Yugoslav People's Army, 896th Squadron has been strengthened for one flight at Rajlovci airport (former 892nd Helicopter Reconnaissance and Liaison Squadron).

Squadron has took part in early combat operations in Croatian war and war in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1991 and 1992. It was disbanded in 1992, and it's personal and equipment were transferred to 890th Transport Helicopter Squadron. The flight at Rajlovci airport has joined Republika Srpska Air Force, being merged to its 711st Anti-Armored Helicopter Squadron.[1]

Assignments[edit | edit source]

  • Naval Military District (1981–1991)

Previous designations[edit | edit source]

  • 896th Helicopter Flight (1981–1985)
  • 896th Helicopter Reconnaissance and Liaison Squadron (1985–1992)

Equipment[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jugoslovensko Ratno Vazduhoplovstvo 1942–1992. Beograd, 2006, p. 374.

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