The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) retired its final three Aérospatiale Alouette III naval helicopters in a ceremony held on 3 December at the southwestern port city of Mokpo.
In a statement issued that same day the RoKN said that it had been operating the Alouette IIIs since 1977 in different roles, including as a reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) platform.
The service procured a total of 12 units of the type, which gradually took on the role of training platforms for naval helicopter pilots after the RoKN began introducing Westland WG.13 Lynx Mk 99 helicopters in the early 1990s.
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