What is the role of the Sea King Retirement Committee?

A committee has been formed to assist CO 443 and Commander 12 Wing with the planning and organization of the Sea King Retirement functions to be conducted in Victoria BC at the end of November 2018. The retirement ceremony or parade shall mimic in degree of the solemnity the paying off ceremony that a ship shall undergo upon decommissioning. There will be a ceremonial fly-past associated with the parade. The parade will be a official event and is not the responsibility of this committee to organize. There will be a meet and greet and a formal dinner to celebrate 55 years of Sea King Service to the RCN, CAF and RCAF. The Meet and Greet will probably occur at one or more of the Messes in Esquimalt, and the dinner within Arundel Castle, the new 443 Squadron Hangar.


This is the tentative schedule and is subject to change.

Meet and Greet
30 November - Friday evening - at the Chiefs & PO's Mess on the water in Esquimalt
Sea King Retirement Parade
1 December - Saturday Morning - at 443 Squadron Hangar
Sea King Ceremonial Flypast
1 December - Saturday Afternoon - on the 443 Squadron Flightline
Formal Sea King Retirement Dinner
1 December - Saturday Evening - to be catered in Arundel Castle (443 Squadron Hangar)




Shearwater, Nova Scotia

10 September 2013

On behalf of all past and present Shearwaters who staged the successful Sea King 50th events, I would like to extend our thanks for attending what turned out to be very good series of happenings. As time goes on and we get all of our figures in, we will give you an accounting of what was accomplished. Suffice to say for now that it was great to see how many of you came east for a last visit 'home'. You rented almost 250 hotel rooms, give or take. We had probably one of the bigger dinners that the Trade Centre has seen, as 674 of us sat down to what I will remember for a very long time as one of our best events. We met, and greeted, paraded, shed a tear, golfed, BBQ'd and toured Survival Systems together. The weather cooperated, and from what I heard, there were no dissatisfied customers. Just a quick note to say a heartfelt thanks to all of you who came from far and wide and made the effort all worthwhile. Let me say thank you to all of you. It is our intention to continue collecting information, stories, personnel news into the future. We will keep this website open until May 2014, at which time it will be undertaken by the Shearwater Aviation Museum (SAM), where you will be able to keep those cards and letters coming. on a last note which you may have noticed through the CNAG email distribution list or elsewhere on this website, is that the Sea King community has just been notified that it has been selected by the Air Force Association of Canada as the winner of the Air Marshal W.A. Bishop, VC Memorial trophy for exceptional performance for the last 50 years. What a wonderful way to end this 'year of the Sea King'.

SK 50 Brochure

SK 50th Tribute Video


The Committee will be planning merchandise to commemorate the Final Sea King Flight:


This committee was formed to organize the social events associated with the last flight of the Canadian Sea King

Col (Retd) Ian Lightbody


Major Dale Arndt

Secretary and Sponsorship OPI

Hon Col Mike Sudul


Capt(N) (Retd) Kevin Carle

Public Affairs Advisor

Col (Retd) John McManus


Hon Col (Retd) Jeff Morris


Maj (Retd) John Latimer


LCol (Retd) Wayne Krause



Maj (Retd) Peter Bey

Royal Canadian Mint and Canada Post OPI

MWO (Retd) Paul Peacey


Maj (Retd) John Reilly


Maj (Retd) Phil Redgrave



LCol (Retd) Dan Burden

Commemorative Coin OPI

Capt Don Leblanc

Commemorative Painting OPI

Maj (Retd) Howie Ballantine

Guest Speaker OPI


Sgt Greg Forsyth



LCol Travis Chapman

CO 443 Squadron

Maj Sarah Thornton

Acting Secretary

Col (Retd) John Cody


Col (Retd) John Orr

Coffee Table Book


The 75th anniversary of 443 Squadron will be celebrated between 6th and 9th June 2019. This date has been selected to coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day where the Sqn flew Spitfires in support of the landings at Juno Beach.