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Ground to Air first Sea King Helicopter aircraft.

HMCS Ojibwa and a Sea King helicopter (CHSS2 anti-submarine helicopter) during Exercise Maple Spring 67.

Sea King helicopter over New York's Statue of Liberty.

Ground to air view of sixteen Sea King helicopters Fly-Past.

Sea King helicopter being serviced at sea aboard HMCS Algonquin.

AVGP Cougars of the RCD and Sea King helicopter from HMCS Preserver provide surveillance from Mogadishu to Belet Wein.

Air Marshall F. R. Sharp is lowered to HMCS Restigouche during a visit to Exercise Maple Spring off Puerto Rico.

Aerial of CH 124 Sea King helicopter flying over tropical coast line during SOPLOY 91.

August 5, 1964, visitors in the hangar watch a CHSS2 Sea King helicopter "hauled down" in a demonstration aboard HMCS Assiniboine.

An HS-50 Squadron Sea King helicopter is loaded on board HMCS Cape Scott on completion of Maple Spring 67.


Farewell to the longest serving aircraft in the Canadian Armed Forces

The Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Canadian Air Force, and Canada will say farewell to the workhorse of the air force, the CH-124 Sea King helicopter in late November/early December 2018.

This versatile ship-borne maritime helicopter has been in operation serving Canada since 1963.

In honour of this historic finale, the Royal Canadian Air Force is inviting current and former military members, their families, and government dignitaries to join them in Victoria, BC, for a two-day retirement event.

The celebration starts with a Friday 30th November ‘Meet and Greet’ at CFB Esquimalt’s Wardroom;

  • followed the next day by a Sea King Retirement Parade at 443 MH Squadron and Sea King Ceremonial Fly Past on the 443 MH Squadron Flightline in Pat Bay, and;
  • ending on a high note with a ‘Formal Retirement Dinner’ on the Saturday evening in the 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron’s new hangar Arundel Castle.

Tickets for Friday ‘Meet and Greet’ and Saturday ‘Formal Retirement Dinner’ are now on sale – Click on Tickets.  The Meet and Greet will run from 17:00 to 21:00, and food will be available between 18:00 and 20:00. Dress will be casual on the Friday night.

Unfortunately we have had to cease ticket sales for the meet & greet as we have reached capacity for the Esquimalt Wardroom. Fortunately we have much greater capacity at the gala dinner, greater than 500 if necessary with approximately 300 gala dinner tickets sold or reserved as of 7 Aug.

On Saturday morning, a parade and final flypast will be conducted at the 443 Squadron Hangar. Guests are to be seated by 09:45 and the parade will commence at 10:00.  That evening, the doors will open for the Formal Dinner at 17:30, and guests will be seated at 19:00 with opening remarks at 19:15. Dress will be formal and will include Mess kit, tuxedo, business suit or jacket and tie. 

The CO of 443 Squadron LCol Travis Chapman documented the painting of CH12417 in the original NAVY colours. Click here for the article.

Two hotels have given us group rates – the Grand Pacific located in downtown Victoria and the Best Western Emerald Isle in Sidney. The bus transportation will be planned around these locations.
Click here for booking information.

Sea King 417 – Original Navy Paint Scheme – Heading to West Coast
Photo taken by Mark Girdauskas in St. Thomas ON in July 2018 – photo credit to Spitzky Media

Photo taken by Major Don Philip in Ottawa in June 2018

Photo taken as CH12417 departs Shearwater for the final time – from Facebook post by Jake Buchanan

Sea King Final Operational Flights

Photos by DND

Photos by Logan White

Congratulations to Shearwater’s 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron on it’s final East Coast Sea King operational flight. This is indeed a historic milestone that has been a long time coming.

Initially acquired by the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian CH124 Sea King has had an illustrious career. In operation for over 50 years, Sea Kings have provided direct support to the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the Canadian Army. We salute the dedicated aircrew and technicians, past and present, who have enabled the Sea King to deliver a diverse operational capability to the Canadian Armed Forces.

As 12 Wing continues to pass the torch from the Sea King to the new Cyclone throughout this year, planning is well underway on the West Coast to officially mark the retirement of the venerable Sea King in December, 2018. 12 Wing’s 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron in Pat Bay, BC would like to invite all current and past members of Canada’s naval aviation community to help mark this historic occasion. 


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