11-Jan-2011 Source: Danish military
[electronic translation of Danish press release]
The transfer of 723 Squadron, a former Navy Helicopter Service, from Navy to Air Force on Friday marked with gatherings and speeches of the two defense commanders
“I have been and remain a highly effective and valued instrument, not just for the Navy, not only for defense but for the whole community” said Chief Navy Operative Command (SOK), Rear Admiral Finn Hansen, in his farewell speech to the helicopter unit from 1 January is now called Squadron 723 instead of Navy Helicopter Service.
Rear Admiral Finn Hansen had in his speech focused on the Squadron 723 with their LYNX helicopters, with a possibly new ship-based helicopter, for a long time to come will be an essential part of Armed Forces at sea, as also the coming frigates and support ships only To resolve the full spectrum of tasks if they are carrying helicopters.
All military helicopters now merged into the Air Force
With the transfer receives the Air Force and thus Helicopter Wing Karup even a flying unit to the two existing helicopter units Squadron 722 and 724 fly, respectively EH101 Merlin and AS550 Fennec helicopters.
Squadron 723 will just as past through their special skills with their LYNX helicopters – to help solve problems that stretches from the northernmost waters around Greenland to the southern climes of the Gulf of Aden off Somalia, where as a part of Denmark naval contribution to NATO’s Operation Ocean Shield fights piracy.
Major General Henry Dam, head of Tactical Air Command, commanded squadron 723 welcome to the Air Force and Navy assured that there is continued focus on optimizing working together to solve future tasks.
“There is no doubt that I have been a “joint” (Pan, ed.) Nature for many years and we must continue to utilize the skills that you bring with you to the Air Force“, said Maj. Gen. Henry Dam.