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Sea King Final Operational Flights

Final East Coast Operational Sea King Flight – 26th January 2017 – DND photos

Final East Coast Operational Sea King Flight – 26th January 2017 – 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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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 Royal Canadian Air Force

The 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 meet and greet at CFB Esquimalt’s Chiefs’ and Petty Officers’ Mess;

  • 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 Sea King Retirement Mess Dinner on the Saturday in the 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron’s new hangar Arundel Castle.

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