193 Squadron - The Maritime Helicopters
The 193 squadron was established in 1988 and maintained several HH-65A Dolphin helicopters, which are owned by the Israeli Navy. The helicopters usually accompanied several of the Navy's missile craft, conducting patrol and air-sea rescue operations. In 1996, Israel acquired new AS-565 helicopters and as of 2006, the 193 squadron was the sole squadron using the AS-565.
As of August 2006, it was unclear whether the 193 squadron was based at Ramat David or Palmachim.
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