Del'd: 39 - 1968 to present




Helicopters

  • Canadian Armed Forces CH-124 Sea King
  • Canadian Armed Forces CH-124 Sea KingHMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338, Halifax class frigate) Standing NATO Maritime Group SNMG-2 training in the Med with spain‬ish crew

Originally known as the CHSS-2 on delivery in May 1963, they replaced the fleet of Sikorsky S-55 (HO4S-3). First 4 were built at the Sikorsky plant, whilst the remaining 37 were assembled from kits by United Aircraft in Montreal. When Canadian Forces were unified in 1968, the CHSS-2 was redesignated CH-124. After effective performance in the Persian Gulf in 1990/91, the CH-124 has featured prominently in Canadian humanitarian and peace keeping missions. CH-124 fleet is based at CFB Shearwater in Nova Scotia as part of Maritime Air Group's 12 Wing.

Survivors of the 41 aircraft originally received by the Royal Canadian Navy in 1963
As part of the Canadian Standing Contingency Force development, 5 CH-124Bs were modified between May and Nov 2006 to remove the ASW equipment fit and convert to carry 12 fully armed troops as part of a short range amphibious assault mission. This involved new seating, a redesigned interior fuselage liner to prevent snagging, secure radios and easier ingress/egress accessories. This resulted in a successful proof of concept test when the modified fleet embarked USS Gunstan Hall and attacked Camp Lejeune between 6 and 19 Nov 2006.


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News

Canadians Ends Relief Operation in New Zealand, 21-Nov-16 : Canadian frigate HMCS Vancouver with its Sea King helicopter originally in New Zealand for the 75th RNZN Anniversary completed emergency relief operations in affected area hit by the earthquake

Canada Begins Operation Caribbe 2016, 28-Jan-16 : Canada’s 10th year of contribution to the multinational campaign against transnational criminal organizations in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean

Vector to Perform Canadian Sea King MRO Engine, 10-Sep-15 : Vector Aerospace announce contract with the Canadian Department of National Defense (DND) to perform all maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for their T-58 engines of the Sea King fleet

Canadian Armed Forces Operation Caribbe 2015, 27-Jan-15 : The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have conducted Operation CARIBBE since November 2006 as a contribution to the multinational campaign against transnational criminal organizations in the Caribbean

CH-124 Sea King launches five torpedoes, 13-Aug-12 : Capt Laura Oberwarth - No one on board Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship HMCS Algonquin can remember the last time a Canadian CH-124 Sea King helicopter dropped five exercise torpedoes in one day. But, that’s exactly what happened July 19 during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), which took place around the Hawaiian Islands from June 29 to August 3, 2012.

Medevac to Honduras, 27-Jan-12 : By Capt Robin Izzard, On Oct. 18, as Her Majesty’s Canada Ship St. John’s was patrolling the Caribbean Sea during Operation Caribbe, the onboard helicopter air detachment was asked to provide standby medical evacuation for a nearby United States Coast Guard ship.

HMCS Vancouver Sea King off the coast of Libya, 19-Oct-11 : By MCpl Terrance Chenard, Lead AES Op, HMCS VancouverAir Det - Somewhere off the coast of Libya, the sun begins to break the morning sky, casting its glow off the mirror of the Mediterranean Sea. The Air department of HMCS Vancouver and its embarked CH-124 Sea King helicopter prepare for another day in support of Operation MOBILE, Canada’s contribution to Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR; the United Nations authorized NATO-led mission enforcing an arms embargo and no-fly zone in Libya.

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Units

YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1974/now423MHS CFB Shearwater
1974/now443MHS Victoria International Airport
CFB Shearwater
1972/now406MOTS CFB Shearwater

Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    61-179 1962     12401: ex 4001. One of 6 CH-124B updated with HELTAS to CH-124B-2 s+
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4001: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-179, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-191 1963     12403: CAF; ex 4003
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4003: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-191, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-202 1964     12404: CAF from Oct68
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4004: Royal Canadian Navy CHSS-2 from 1964; redesig CH-124A O+
    61-207 1963     12405: 10feb90 pictured (pic1) on HMCS Provider (AOR-508) off the c+
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4005: Royal Canadian Navy CHSS-2 d/d 1963 as 4005 Oct68 rese+
    61-213 1963     12406: CAF; ex 4006
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4006: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-213, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-218 1963     12407: CAF re-registered from 4007. 03apr08 on USS Ross (DDG 71) in+
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4007: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-218, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-219 1964     12408: 2000 asg 12W
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4008: Royal Canadian Navy CHSS-2 from 1964; redesig CH-124A +
    61-234 1964     12409: ex 4009. CH-124A. Crashed 4 Nov 1987 near CFB Shearwater. Re+
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4009: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-234, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-245 1964     12410: CAF; ex 4010
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4010: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-245, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-249 1964     12411: CH-124A. Crashed 19 Sep 1989 into the Atlantic off Bermuda. +
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4011: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-249, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-253 1964     12412: 21Jun86 as 423Sqn./412 embarked HMCS Algonquin (DDH 283) par+
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4012: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-253, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-256 1964     12413: CAF; ex 4013
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4013: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-256, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-260 1964     12414: CAF, ex 4014
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4014: Royal Canadian Navy CHSS-2 4014 d/d 1964; reser CH-124+
    61-264 1964     12415: CAF; ex 4015
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4015: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-264, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-282 1965     12416: 21sep02 pictured (top) with 12 Wg at NAS Oceana, USA
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4016: Royal Canadian Navy CHSS-2 d/d 1965; reser CH-124A 1241+
    61-283 1965     12417: CAF; ex 4017
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4017: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-283, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-284 1965     12418: CAF; ex 4018; w/o 26Apr73
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4018: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-284, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-285 1965     12419: ex 4019. Became 12419. Upgrade to Mk2 standard. Sustained se+
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4019: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-285, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-286 1965     12420: This helo was part of DDH 266 HMCS Nipigon Air Det when it c+
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4020: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-286, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-287 1965     12421: CAF, ex 4021; 06may11 with HMCS Algonquin (DDG 283) pictured+
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4021: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-287, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-288 1965     12422: CAF; ex 4022; w/o 23Jun00
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4022: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-288, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-289 1965     12423: CAF; ex 4023; w/o 27Feb93
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4023: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-289, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-290 1965     12424: CAF; ex 4024
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4024: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-290, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-324 1966     12425: CAF; ex 4025; w/o 28Apr94
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4025: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-324, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-328 1966     12426: CAF then RCAF, ex 4026; 19jul12 pictured on HMCS Algonquin (+
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4026: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-328, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-332 1966     12428: CAF ex 4028; Sep07 on USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) during Fuerz+
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4028: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-332, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-334 1966     12429: CAF; ex 4029
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4029: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-334, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-336 1966     12430: CAF, ex 4030
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4030: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-336, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-338 1966     12431: CAF; ex 4031
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4031: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-338, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-340 1966     12432: CAF; ex 4032; w/o 15Nov72
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4032: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-340, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-342 1966     12433: CAF; ex 4033
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4033: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-342, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-344 1966     12434: 14sep14 pictured asg HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) on static dis+
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4034: RCAN CHSS-2, 1966; Oct68 to CH-124A 12434
    61-345 1966     12435: CAF ex RCN 4035 renumbered. type:CH-124A in 2008 443Sqn.
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4035: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-345, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-347 1966     12436: CAF type:CH-124A; 2003 443Sqn.
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4036: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-347, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-380 1967     12437: CAF; ex 4037
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4037: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-380, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-381 1967     12438: CAF; ex 4038; w/o 02Feb06
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4038: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-381, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-382 1967     12439: CAF; ex 4039; w/o 04aug91
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4039: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-382, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-383 1967     12440: CAF ex RCN 4040 renumbered. type:CH-124A in 2008 443Sqn.
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4040: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-383, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-384 1967     12441: CAF ex 4041; 28may94 pictured at RAF Mildenhall, UK
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4041: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-384, del Royal Canadian Navy as +
    61-213 1963     4006: 24mar15 pictured at Oak Harbor, WA, USA with MH-60S Seahawk +
Royal Canadian Navy  (1945-1968) 4006: Sikorsky S-61B, c/n 61-213, del Royal Canadian Navy as +

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