Air Platforms

Bulgarian Navy accepts attrition-replacement Dauphin helicopter

09 December 2019

The Bulgarian Navy (Voennomorski sili na Republika Balgariya : VMS) accepted into service one Airbus Helicopter AS365N3+ Dauphin multipurpose rotorcraft on 6 December.

A ceremony to welcome the new arrival took place at the Chayka naval helicopter base on the Black Sea coast.

Procured second-hand, the Dauphin (serial number 905) will replace an Airbus Helicopters AS565MB Panther that crashed into the Black Sea on 9 June 2017, following a collision with the VMS Wielingen-class frigate, Drazki 41 (former Belgian Navy frigate Wandelaar F912).

Prior to its delivery to the VMS, the Dauphin was overhauled by Airbus Helicopters Romania in Brasov.

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