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Canada retires Sea King after 55 years

18 December 2018

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has retired the last of its Sikorsky SH-3A (CH-124 in national service) Sea King helicopters after 55 years of operations.

A final flypast of the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) helicopter took place on 17 December along Canada’s west coast not far from the type’s last operating station at Victoria International Airport.

The Sea Kings entered service with the RCAF in 1963 and have generally been embarked on Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) frigates. The helicopters were originally procured to focus on the ASW role but are now employed as a multirole asset, undertaking search and rescue, maritime patrol, transport, utility, and other tasks.

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