Del'd: 25 - 1978 to 2016


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.


YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
2007/161564 Flt RAF Mount Pleasant
1996/14203(r) squadronRAF Valley
CY RAF Akrotiri
Newquay Cornwall Airport (RAF St Mawgan)
1994/1522 squadronAAC Wattisham
Newquay Cornwall Airport (RAF St Mawgan)
RAF Coltishall
RMB Chivenor
RAF Valley
1986/0778 squadronRAF Benson
RAF Mount Pleasant
Port Stanley
1983/861564 Flt RAF Mount Pleasant
1978/15202 squadronRAF Leconfield
Kent International / Manston
RAF Coltishall
RAF Coltishall
RAF Boulmer
RAF Lossiemouth
RAF Leconfield
Thorney Island
1977/96sea king training unitNewquay Cornwall Airport (RAF St Mawgan)
RNAS Culdrose

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    wa 851 har.3 1977     XZ585: 02sep04 pictured at RAF St Mawgan Families Day
- XZ585: Dec17 at 764 Sqn HMS Sultan; Has been subject to flight+

03apr18 as /A in rear of new hangar at RAF Museum, Hend+
    wa 852 har.3 1977     XZ586: 2008 as 1564 Flight /B
    wa 853 har.3 1977     XZ587: RAF; 1995 202Sqn; 2001 202Sqn; 2003 202Sqn
    wa 854 har.3 1978     XZ588: RAF type:HAR.3; 2008 202Sqn.D flight./D
    wa 855 har.3 1978     XZ589: 30aug07 pictured (bot) as /E 203 Sqd(R) at RAF St Mawgan Fam+
    wa 856 har.3     XZ590: RAF in 1990 202Sqn.
    wa 857 har.3 1978     XZ591: RAF d/d 1978
Vector Aerospace XZ591: Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands, noted 01dec15; Stripp+
    wa 858 har.3 1978     XZ592: 2000 202Sqn /S; 2008 1564 Flight
- XZ592: preserved on static display at Morayvia Science and Tec+
    wa 859 har.3 1978     XZ593: 24oct07 pictured (bot) with 203(R) Sq approaching St. Mawga+
    wa 860 har.3 1978     XZ594: 2008 202Sqn D flight /J
    wa 861 har.3     XZ595: RAF in 2007 /K 22Sqn.C Flt.
    wa 862 har.3 1978     XZ596: RAF d/d 1978; 31aug05 pictured as /L on static display at RA+
    wa 863 har.3 1978     XZ597: 11jul09 pictured as 22Sqd /M at RNAS Yeovilton
    wa 864 har.3     XZ598: RAF; 2011 202Sqn. A Flt.
- -: Currently being advertised as SEAKING CAFE in Scarborou+
    wa 865 har.3 1978     XZ599: 17jul80 pictured (pic1) at Koksijde, Belgium
Vector Aerospace XZ599: Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands, noted 01dec15; Stripp+
    wa 886 har.3 1980     ZA105: RAF d/d 1980
    wa 947 har.3 1985     ZE368: RAF; 2000 22Sqn.; 2003 202Sqn.
- 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+

10apr17 on auction

04may17 Aerospace Logistics Ltd (ASL) at Horsham

Stored Charlwood, Surrey by 30jan18
    wa 949 har.3     ZE370: RAF d/d 1985
    wa1006 har.3a 1995     ZH540: RAF; 29apr11 22 sq B Flt from Wattisam made a flypast durin+
Royal Norwegian Air Force ZH540: acquired for sacrifical spares for RNoAF Mk.43 fleet, t+
    wa1007 har.3a 1995     ZH541: RAF
Royal Norwegian Air Force ZH541: to Norway Dec 2015, as a source of spares
    wa1008 har.3a 1996     ZH542: 31aug09 pictured (top) with 22Sqd at Royal National Lifeboat+
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
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.
Royal Norwegian Air Force ?: acquired for sacrifical spares for RNoAF Mk.43 fleet ?

- ZH544: Jul17, Although it was reported at the time of its reti+

Pakistan Navy -: 01nov17 ZH544 flew for the first time in 2 1/2 years af+
    wa1011 har.3a     ZH545: 1998 B Flt. 22Sqn ; 2009 A Flt. 22Sqn /Z

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