Del'd: 19 - 1997 to present





Helicopters

Royal New Zealand Navy Seasprite

3 operational SH-2F Seasprite airframes and 1 source of spares to replace the Westland Wasp in service with the RNZN, under the auspices of 3 Squadron, RNZAF. First arrived in Aug 1997 at Hobsonville and the other 3 followed that Dec as an interim step prior to delivery of the SH-2G Super Seasprite. Use began from Feb 1998 and the SH-2F was retired in 2001 as SH-2Gs began arriving. The airframes were returned to Kaman to support the SH-2G programme. Kaman donated 1 example to the RNZAF Museum.
Initial order for 5 SH-2G Super Seasprites as a permanent replacement for the martime Wasp, after type selection in Mar 1997 and following temporary use of a smaller number of SH-2F Seasprites. Delivered between  Jun 2001 and Mar 2003, initially for use from the ANZAC Class frigates HMNZS Te Kaha (F77) and HMNZS Te Mana (F111) and their shore base.
In May 2012 was made a new order for 11 (finally 10) SH-2G (I) and a flight simulator from the cancelled Australian Seasprite project. Eight will replace the current 5 SH-2G (NZ) and the other two for spare parts. Expected all delivered by 2016.

The original five SH-2G(NZ) were sold to the Peruvian Navy in October 2014.

New SH-2G(I) allocated to STU (Seasprite Transition Unit) by 2015


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News


First Mission for New SH-2G (I) Seasprite, 15-Sep-16 : New Zealand ’s newly acquired SH-2G(I) Seasprite first operational mission with an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) resupply the Kermadec Islands

New Zealand Commences SH-2G(I) Simulator Training, 17-Nov-15 : CAE commenced the provision of maintenance and support services on the New Zealand Defence Force s (NZDF) SH-2G(I) helicopter training devices.

New Seasprites Formally Handed over to New Zealand, 06-Mar-15 : Heli-Expo 2015 New Kaman SH-2G(I) Seasprite helicopters were handed over to the New Zealand Defence Force in a ceremony at RNZAF Base Auckland. The SH-2G(I) replaces the SH-2G model.

New Zealand Accepted First SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite, 01-Dec-14 : Kaman announced that New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) accepted the first SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter at Kaman facility in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Scheduled to arrive Auckland in early 2015

CAE launches Medallion-6000 image generator, 01-Dec-14 : At the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference I/ITSEC 2014, CAE launched its next generation CAE Medallion-6000 image generator.

CAE training devices for New Zealand SH-2G, 21-Oct-14 : CAE will perform updates to an existing SH-2G(I) Full Mission Flight Simulator (FMFS) and a Part Task Trainer (PTT) as part of New Zealand Defence Force acquisition of ten SH-2G(I) helicopters from Kaman Corporation

Kaman New Zealand SH-2G(I) Achieves First Flight, 15-Apr-14 : BLOOMFIELD, Conn, USA - Kaman Aerospace announced today that the first New Zealand government NZ SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter began production flight testing at Kaman’s Bloomfield, Connecticut facility.

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Units


YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
2005/    Royal New Zealand Air Force
6 Squadron
Whenuapai
1997/05Royal New Zealand Air Force
3 Squadron
Ohakea
Whenuapai
Wigram
Hobsonville Airbase



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