30 Squadron

Also based at King Abdullah Air Base in Ghabawi, the squadron, where the sole vehicle is the multi-mission Blackhawk UH-60L “Lima”, is dedicated to supporting King Abdullah II Special Operation Forces Group in all missions as per the Group's request. These include combat, search and rescue, reconnaissance and air assault, among others.

It was established in 2004, along with Prince Hashem Special Operations Brigade, upon the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah II, who had a vision to build an elite air force unit to support special operations forces and one that remains ready to respond to requests by the SOF. Actual operations started upon the arrival of the first helicopters in 2007.

In 2009, special assault training was launched for pilots from the squadron, coinciding with the arrival of Blackhawk UH-60L “Lima” helicopters, which were the state-of-the art at the time.

Since then, and up to 2012, pilots were trained by the 1-60 US Special Forces elite unit, along with colleagues from the 28th Squadron, with the aim of mastering joint missions. Four classes were graduated, all under the patronage of His Majesty the Supreme Commander. The graduates themselves became trainers and produced four other classes of qualified

The UH-60L Blackhawks have been upgraded to fly for a longer period, around 4.5 hours. The choppers are also fully self-protected against all types of rockets, and operate cameras that broadcast the mission live. The squadron's main unique feature is that its vehicles are the only ones that can fly under zero-moon conditions, in complete darkness.

In 2018, the squadron returned to RJAF command, which agreed to adopt the same training syllabus that had been used, while under the command of the Special Forces.