Del'd: 25 - 1978 to present



16 Sea King HAR.3 were ordered in 1975 and introduced from 1978 to replace the Wessex HAR.2 as part of modernisation of the UK SAR commitment.  19 were eventually delivered. Improvements were subsequently sought and 6 Sea King HAR.3A (which retain the venerable ARI 5995/2 search radar) were delivered from 1995. They include an auto hover digital flight control system, combined with a glass cockpit. The HAR.3A was introduced into service in 1996 and replaced the last Wessex HAR.2 in Jun 1997. The handling characteristics of the HAR.3A are significantly different from the HAR.3 and only the winch operator can move between types without conversion.
RAF operations with the Sea King HAR3/3A fleet will come to an end in 2016


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Serco to maintain RAF Sea Kings, 24-Apr-13 : Serco has been awarded a contract extension by AgustaWestland Ltd to assist them in maintaining the fleet of Sea King aircraft for the Ministry of Defence under their Integrated Operational Support Contract.

Search and rescue fleet replacement, 29-Nov-11 : Britain is to have a new fleet of faster and more modern search and rescue helicopters, the Government has announced.




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C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    wa 851 har.3 1977     XZ585: RAF d/d Jan78; RAF SKTU by Dec 1980; 202 Sq by 1986; Crashe+
12sep79 noted at the Westland factory, Yeovil - EGHG
02sep04 pictured at RAF St Mawgan Families Day
Dec14 asg 202sq D Flt
30sep15 at RAF Boulmer
    wa 852 har.3 1977     XZ586: RAF, f/f 22sep77, d/d 07feb78
02sep04 pictured at RAF St Mawgan Families Day
2008 as 1564 Flight /B
20feb13 noted at RAF Lossiemouth
09aug14 asg 202Sqn A Flt at RAF Boulmer
    wa 853 har.3 1977     XZ587: RAF; 1995 202Sqn; 2001 202Sqn; 2003 202Sqn
20jan16 been delivered on truck to Newquay Airport
    wa 854 har.3 1978     XZ588: noted at RNAS Yeovilton airday 03aug79 whilst serving with S+
09mar92 202Sqn. several days at Soesterberg
RAF type:HAR.3; 2008 202Sqn.D flight./D
Apr12 D Flt, 202 Sqn at RAF Lossiemouth
05sep13 on search of River Don Aberdeen for missing woman fr+
    wa 855 har.3 1978     XZ589: RAF d/d 1978; 20aug94 pictured (top) at RAF Lossiemouth duri+
2000 HAR.3 type 22Sqn.
30aug07 pictured (bot) as /E 203 Sqd(R) at RAF St Mawgan Fam+
Apr12 D Flt, 202 Sqn at RAF Lossiemouth
    wa 856 har.3     XZ590: RAF in 1990 202Sqn.
09mar92 202Sqn. visit Valkenburg
07jan13 1544UTC Medivac Clyde Alpha Platform 56-27-12N / 02-+
09aug14 along with XZ586 asg 202Sqn A Flt at RAF Boulmer. Th+
    wa 857 har.3     XZ591: RAF d/d 1978
19apr14 at RAF Boulmer
Vector Aerospace XZ591: Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands, noted 01dec15; Stripp+
    wa 858 har.3 1978     XZ592: RAF HAR.3 f/f 01mar78, d/d 03may78
Sep82 in Falklands/Malvinas islands in grey camo
28jan97 202Sqn /S visit Newcastle
2000 202Sqn /S; 2008 1564 Flight
22jan14 pictured (pic1) as /H at Yeovil
11jul14 pictured (pic2) as 22Sqn /H at RAF Fairford during R+
- XZ592: preserved on static display at Morayvia Science and Tec+
    wa 859 har.3 1978     XZ593: 202 Sq D Flt based at Wideawake May 1982 to Sep 1982
202 Sq by 1986, 202Sq E Flt (Leconfield) by Jul 1991, ditche+
RAF;24/25jul99 203Sqn. Fairford air show
2001 202Sqn; 2003 202Sqn
202Sq E Flt (Leconfield) by 2003; 202Sq A Flt (Boulmer) by 2+
31aug05 pictured (top) as /I at RAF St Mawgan Families Day
caught in white out conditions during rescue of injured Cair+
24oct07 pictured (bot) with 203(R) Sq approaching St. Mawga+
2016 at Mount Pleasant. Donated to the Falkland Islands Mu+
    wa 860 har.3 1978     XZ594: RAF HAR.3 type, f/f 27apr78, d/d 12jun78
20jun92 picture at Berlin airshow, Germany
16jul06 pictured (pic1) as 22Sqd /J at RAF Fairford
2008 202Sqn D flight /J
26jul13 flying low level over East Yorkshire, suspect based +
10nov13 at 13:04 flying over Castleton, Peak District
19jul15 pictured (pic2) at RIAT 2015
    wa 861 har.3     XZ595: 20jun93 pictured with 202 Sqn at RAF Cosford Airshow
RAF in 2007 /K 22Sqn.C Flt.
    wa 862 har.3 1978     XZ596: 202 Sq by 1988, 202Sq A Flt by Feb 1999; 78Sq by Aug 1999; H+
RAF d/d 1978; 31aug05 pictured as /L on static display at RA+
203(R)Sq/L by Aug 2005 until Jan 2006; SKMF(/L ?) Jan 2006; +
    wa 863 har.3     XZ597: RAF; 11jul09 pictured as /M 22Sqd at RNAS Yeovilton
    wa 864 har.3     XZ598: RAF d/d 1978
RAF; 2011 202Sqn. A Flt.
14jun15 at RAF Cosford Airshow (for the last time?)
    wa 865 har.3 1978     XZ599: RAF HAR.3 d/d 1979
17jul80 pictured (top) at Koksijde, Belgium
ff Dec 1978; 202 Sq by 1986; RAF SKTU CU by 1988
26apr91 pictured (middle) as /S in grey cammo at Lydd Airpor+
2001 accident at RAF St Mawgan; repaired
crashed 16 Aug 2001 at St Mawgan with 203(R) Sq. Left by roa+
02sep04 pictured (bot) with 203 Sqd at RAF St Mawgan Familie+
202Sq D flt/P (Lossiemouth) by Aug 2005 until Jan 2006; 203(+
Vector Aerospace XZ599: Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands, noted 01dec15; Stripp+
15
    wa 886 har.3     ZA105: RAF d/d 1980
04aug83 pictured (top) still in South Atlantic livery at Kok+
2001 202Sqn /S
13jul04 SKMF./Q Boscombe Down
08jul12 picture with 203 Sqn at RIAT air show, UK
21jul13 pictured (bot) at RIAT 2013 RAF Fairford
1
    wa 947 har.3     ZE368: RAF; 2000 22Sqn.; 2003 202Sqn.
RAF; 24+25jul99 203Sqn. Fairford air show
- ZE368: 17feb16 sold, gone to Durham

10aug16 at mini moo's farm, Edmondsley, Durham. DH7 6EY
    wa 948 har.3     ZE369: RAF d/d 1985
- ZE369: 11aug16 n the back of a low loader owned by Recovair Wo+
    wa 949 har.3     ZE370: RAF d/d 1985
13+14jun12 202Sqn.
14jun15 pictured at RAF Cosford Airshow. End of an era
2016 at Mount Pleasant
3
    wa1006 har.3a 1995     ZH540: RAF; 29apr11 22 sq B Flt from Wattisam made a flypast durin+
01mar14 at Morriston Hospital, Swansea
retired from RAF service, to Fleetlands 17 Aug 2015.
Royal Norwegian Air Force ZH540: acquired for sacrifical spares for RNoAF Mk.43 fleet, t+
    wa1007 har.3a     ZH541: RAF
    wa1008 har.3a 1996     ZH542: RAF HAR.3A d/d 27mar96 St. Mawgan
22 Sq A Flt/W during Aug 2004, as Rescue 169.
31aug09 pictured (top) with 22Sqd at Royal National Lifeboat+
08jul12 pictured (bot) as SAR for the show departing after t+
21jul15 0100 seen on planefinder leaving Lyneham area
22 Sq A Flt at RMB Chivenor up to mid Nov 2015.
Belgian Air Force -: Belgian Air Force as spares source, d/d 24nov15 Koksijd+
    wa1009 har.3a     ZH543: RAF HAR.3A; 11feb10 pictured with 22 Sqd at RAF Northolt
retired from RAF service, to Fleetlands 18 Aug 2015.
Royal Norwegian Air Force ZH543: acquired for sacrifical spares for RNoAF Mk.43 fleet, t+
    wa1010 har.3a     ZH544: RAF in 2007 22Sqn. C Flt.
30aug10 pictured (top) at Bude Lifeboat Day
24jul13 pictured (bot) as 22 Sqn Sierra 170 at RNAS Culdrose
retired from RAF service, to Gosport 26 Nov 2015.
Royal Norwegian Air Force ZH544: acquired for sacrifical spares for RNoAF Mk.43 fleet, s+
    wa1011 har.3a     ZH545: RAF HAR.3A d/d 15may97
2jun98 22Sqn visit Elmpt Station, Germany
1998 B Flt. 22Sqn ; 2009 A Flt. 22Sqn /Z
17jul11 pictured (pic1) with RAF SAR 70 (70 years of life sa+
25aug14 pictured (pic2) during Bude Lifeboat Day
04apr15 left RMB Chivenor (Devon) by road and placed into st+
6
    25 C/N found in this Organisation

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