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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