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  • US Navy s-61 H-3

The Sea King first flew on 11 March 1959 and became operational as the HSS-2 before the introduction of the unified aircraft designation system in 1962 when was renamed SH-3A.

It was primarily used for antisubmarine warfare from aircraft carriers by HS squadrons. Since the 1990s the Sea King has been replaced in this role by the SH-60 and many have been reroled for logistical support and SAR missions based at coastal stations.

After entering naval service it was also deployed by the Air Force, the Coast Guard and the Marines.

The latest airframe first entered service as an SH-3D in November 1966

The H-3 was phased out by 2009 after more than 50 years in service. This makes the Sea King the longest-serving operational helicopter model in Navy history.

147137 - 147146 : XHSS-2 ( 10 )
148033 - 148052 : YHSS-2 (SH-3A from 1962) ( 20 )
148964 - 149012 : HSS-2 (SH-3A from 1962) ( 49 )
149679 - 149738 : HSS-2 (SH-3A from 1962) ( 60 )
149893 - 149934 : HSS-2 (SH-3A from 1962) ( 42 )
150610 - 150617 : USMC HSS-2Z ( VH-3A from 1962) ( 8 )
150618 - 150620 : HSS-2 (SH-3A from 1962) ( 3 )
151522 - 151557 : HSS-2 (SH-3A from 1962) ( 36 )
151635 - 151637 : cancelled SH-3A
152104 - 152138 : SH-3A ( 35 )
152139 ( c/n 61-339 ) : YSH-3D ( 1 )
152690 - 152713 : SH-3D ( 24 )
153532 - 153537 : SH-3D MAP Spain batch 1 ( 6 )
154100 - 154123 : SH-3D ( 24 )
156483 - 156506 : SH-3D ( 24 )
158724 - 158725 : SH-3D MAP Spain batch 2 ( 2 )
158874 - 158875 : SH-3D ( 2 )
159026 - 159029 : SH-3D ( 4 )
159053 - 159056 : SH-3D MAP Spain batch 3 ( 4 )
159350 - 159360 : USMC VH-3D ( 11 )
161207 - 161212 : SH-3D MAP Spain batch 4 ( 6 )

Most SH-3A/D converted later to RH-3A, HH-3A, SH-3G, SH-3H or UH-3H


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News

Naval Sea King Helicopter Now at Pax Museum, 29-May-15 : After five years of effort, the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum added a SH-3A Sea King helicopter to its fleet.

Last U.S. Navy Sea King Helicopter Delivered, 18-Nov-05 : The newly delivered Sea King is the last of four Sea Kings assigned to Patuxent River. They went through extensive maintenance and upgrade program at IMP Aerospace in Halifax.



Units

YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1994/06HC-85 Golden GattorsNAS North Island
1991/05HSL-51 WarlordsJP Atsugi Kaigun-hikōjō
1987/06HC-2 Fleet AngelsNAS Norfolk
1987/88HS-16 NighthawksNAS North Island
1985/93HC-16 BullfrogsNAS Pensacola / Forrest Sherman Field
1984/94HS-14 Chargers JP Atsugi Kaigun-hikōjō
NAS North Island
1984/91HS-17 Neptunes RaidersNAS Jacksonville
1977/05HC-11 GunbearersNAS North Island
1977/94HS-12 WyverrnsNAS North Island
1976/93HS-9 Sea GriffinsNAS Jacksonville
1975/90HC-9 ProtectorsNAS North Island
1973/85HS-74 Big MothersNAS South Weymouth
Quonset State
1971/93HS-15 Red LionsNAS Jacksonville
NAS Lakehurst
1970/94HC-1 Fleet AngelsNAS North Island
NAS Imperial Beach / Ream Field
1970/84HS-84 ThunderboltsLos Alamitos
1970/84HS-85 Golden GattorsNAS Alameda / Nimitz Field / Benton Field
1970/??HS-75 Emerald Knights
1969/95HS-7 Dusty DogsNAS Jacksonville
Quonset State
1969/93HS-8 EightballersNAS North Island
1967/75HC-7 SeadevilsJP Atsugi Kaigun-hikōjō
1967/??HC-5 Providers
1965/87HC-6 ChargersNAS Norfolk
1964/95HS-5 NightdippersNAS Jacksonville
Quonset State
1964/91HS-4 Black Knights NAS North Island
NAS Imperial Beach / Ream Field
1964/68HS-9 Sea GriffinsQuonset State
1962/95HS-11 Dragonslayers NAS Jacksonville
Quonset State
1962/92HS-6 IndiansNAS North Island
NAS Imperial Beach / Ream Field
1962/91HS-3 TridentsNAS Jacksonville
1962/89HS-10 WarhawksNAS North Island
NAS Imperial Beach / Ream Field
1961/97HS-1 SeahorsesNAS Jacksonville
Quonset State
NAS Key West
1961/90HS-2 Golden FalconsNAS North Island
NAS Imperial Beach / Ream Field


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