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205th Tactical Helicopter Wing
205th Tactical Operations Wing
205th Helicopter Wing
205th Airlift Wing
205th Composite Wing
Composite Tactical Wing

The 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing is tasked with conducting heli-lift operations in support to ground units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police. It also supports nation-building activities of various Government Offices and Agencies, as well as Non-Government Organizations. The 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing has been at the cutting edge of Philippine Air Force operations, having been the pioneers of Night Vision technology in the PAF. As of 2009 it was the one of the only flying units in the PAF able to operate under the cloak of darkness, providing much needed support to both military and civilian operations.

The 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing as of 2009 consisted of a Headquarters Administrative Squadron (the "Beehive"), the 206th, 207th, and 208th Tactical Helicopter Squadrons, the 210th Tactical Training Squadron, and the 450th Maintenance and Supply Group. The Headquarters Administrative Squadron exercised administrative control over personnel assigned to the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing, and coordinated non-tactical activities, to include general houekeeping and security.

The 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing traces its lineage to the very first flying unit of the Philippine Air Force after World War II, the 1st Troop Carrier Squadron. The fledgling Philippine Air Force was able to scrounge the remains of US aircraft and assemble a fleet of C-47s. This unit became the backbone of Philippine military aviation.

The 205th Composite Tactical Wing was activated on 22 September 1952. The unit was so called because of the various aircraft employed. The Wing's inventory included the L-4, the L-5, the C-47, and later the Fokker F-27. In 1969 the unit, having been redesignated the 205th Composite Wing, received the first of its UH-1H aircraft.

The first 4 UH-1Hs were formed into the Composite Air Commando Squadron (CASC), which figured prominently in operations at the height of the AFP's Mindanao Campaign against Muslim separatist groups. The CACS proved to be such a large force multiplier in the field that it was part of every major military operation at the time. The success of the CACS and the versatility that the UH-1H offered convinced the military to continue to procure this type of aircraft. Its performance in the battle field, the UH-1H has become the most sought after air asset in the Philippine arsenal.

It was in 2 July 1982, the unit, having been redesignated the 205th Airlift Wing, became an all helicopter Wing, as part of a major restructuring in the Philippine Air Force. All of the fixed-wing assets of the 205th were either decommissioned or distributed to other units. The unit was subsequently redesignated the 205th Helicopter Wing.

During the 1990s, with the major reorganizations in the PAF the unit was again redesignation, this time as the 205th Tactical Operations Wing. The reorganizations within the PAF between 2000 and 2001 led the unit to once again be redesignation as the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing.

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