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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

Information Brochure – Click to Download

Final Meet & Greet Attendance List
Final Gala Attendance List

Latest Updates

Packages with tickets can be picked up at 443 Sqn (9755 Willgdon Rd, North Saanich) Friday 30 November 1200-1500. The packages will then be available for pickup at the Wardroom starting 1700. They will also be available at the parade on Saturday or prior to the gala dinner.

Please bring photo ID to pick up your package.

Parade Sat 1 Dec – Please be seated by 0945

Gala Dinner Sat 1 Dec – Doors open at 1730 – Please be seated by 1810

SKR 18 Gala Dinner Bar Ticket Advisory
Due to limitations of the Hornets’ Nest, bar ticket sales at the Gala Dinner will be CASH ONLY. Gala attendees are encouraged to purchase bar tickets in advance on Sat 1 Dec at the Wing Parade.

Gala Dinner guests can email to request who they wish to sit with. Each table seats 10 guests.

Retired personnel are authorized to wear CF, RCAF and RCN Mess Kits to the Gala Dinner.

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.

The Meet and Greet will run from 17:30 to 21:30, and food will be available between 18:30 and 20:30. Dress will be casual on the Friday night.

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, doors will open for the Formal Dinner at 17:30, and guests will be seated at 18:00 with opening remarks at 18:15. Dress will be formal. For men, acceptable dress will include Mess kit, tuxedo, business suit or jacket and tie. For women, acceptable dress will include Mess kit, long gown, above or below the knee hem, or evening pantsuit. Bar purchases at the Hangar will be cash. Gala attendees are encouraged to purchase bar tickets in advance on Sat 1 Dec at the Wing Parade.

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