The exhibition celebrating 100 Years of the Azores Naval Aviation, presented by the Azores Maritime Area Command of the Navy, Museum of Horta and Library of Horta.
The “Serviço de Aviação da Armada” (Navy Aviation Service) was created on September 28th, 1917, largely due to Sacadura Cabral’s initiatives. The operational activity started on December 14th of that same year at Doca do Bom Sucesso – the first aeronautical base of the Portuguese Navy. In 1918, Adolfo Trindade, an Azorean naval pilot, proposed the creation of the “Aviation Centre of the Azores” for hydroplanes on the island of Faial and during the World War I, which with the Armistice in 1919 would be transferred to Ponta Delgada and finally be deactivated in 1921. After the Second World War this centre was reactivated again in Ponta Delgada and finally deactivated in 1946.
Today the Helicopter Squadron, created on 8 June 1993, with five Westland Lynx Helicopters is the continuation of the Naval Aviation tradition. These aircraft are operating from the Vasco da Gama Class frigates which are regular visitors to the Azorean waters.