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  • 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 / St Mawgan
    1994/1522 SquadronAAC Wattisham
    Newquay / 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
    1977/96SKTUNewquay / St Mawgan
    RNAS Culdrose

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