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221. vrtulníková letka

Armed Force
Vzdušné síly armády České republiky
Náměšť AB
AH-1Z Viper
Membership status
Full Member
Member since
221 TIGER squadron
Silver Tiger Tropy Wins
BA11 Beja

The 221 LtBVr (221 Squadron) of the 22 ZVrL (22 Wing) is currently based at the Military airfield of Namest. The Unit operates the MIL Mi-24V Hind, one of the latest versions of this more than capable combat / transport Helicopter. Established in 1995, when all Czech Hind squadrons where relocated to Prerov to form the 33rd Wing. 331 Squadron inherited the Traditions of the 1st Squadron / 51st Regiment. In 2001 the Prerov "Tigers" where officially accepted as a full member of the NATO Tiger Association, and won the Silver Tiger Trophy (a trophy rewarded to the best crew during the annual NATO Tiger Meet) in 2002. 

Due to some money saving re-structuring in the Czech Air Force 33Wing was renumbered 23Wing and 331 Sqn changed to 231 Sqn. In 2008 231Sqn moved from Prerov to Namest AB, and was relocated to the 22nd Wing, This transfer led to another change in designation from 231 Sqn to 221 Sqn.

In 2023 the first of the AH-1Z Viper and UH-2Y Venom were delivered to Náměšť, the new Viper helicopters will replace the Mi-24 Hind, while the UH-1Y Venom will replace the Mi-17's