Belgium has retired the last of its Westland Sea King Mk 48 helicopters, with a final flypast on 19 December.
The last three Belgian Air Component (BAC) search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters performed a farewell overflight of the Flanders region of the country to mark the end of 42 years of service.
With the Sea Kings now retired, their SAR role will be taken on by two NHIndustries NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopters (NFHs) also flying out of Koksijde Air Base near the coast. Belgium is acquiring eight NH90s to replace the Sea King and Aérospatiale Alouette III.
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