AgustaWestland Sea King ASaC.7
united kingdom Fleet Air Arm

Del'd: 15 - 2002 to 2018

An upgrade to the Sea King AEW.2 / 2A with an improved air and surface radar in a kevlar lined, flexible dustbin which could pivot from horizontal (for landing) to vertical (for operations), was originally to be designated the AEW.7. With the capability of the radar and the requirements of the fleet to include airborne control in its mission, the Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) mk.7 was named.

After valuable and distinguished service as the Eyes of the Fleet, the final flight from RNAS Culdrose to Fleetlands was on 26 Sep 2018, by XV714, ZA128 and ZE420. This has introduced a further capability gap to the UK Armed Forces, as the replacement system, Crowsnest Merlin, will not be available to protect UK capital ships.

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Sea King Flypast Ends 49 Years of Service, 25-Sep-18 : #SeaKing Royal Navy retires their last Sea King, the Mk7 ASAC, with a 849 Squadron 3-hour flypast. Will be replaced by the Merlin Crowsnest next year

Thales Radar for the Royal Navy Merlin AEW Variant, 22-May-15 : Lockheed Martin UK, as the prime contractor for Crowsnest, have selected Thales as the chosen bidder to provide the radar and mission system for the Merlin Airborne Early Warning (AEW) variant

Royal Navy Sea Kings 5 years in Afghan skies, 04-Jun-14 : UK Forces have been deployed in Afghanistan since 2002 under Operation Herrick pushing back the Taliban and preventing them from using the country as a base for terrorism

ASaC.7 return from Libya, 27-Sep-11 : Navy fliers who paved the way for Apache helicopter strikes against Colonel Gaddafi’s forces are safely home.

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C/NBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

wa 637 1969     XV649: asac.7 Conv to ASaC.7, 849Sq HQ Flt/180-CU by Jul 2003; still Sep 2+
wa 644 1969     XV656: asac.7 Conv to ASaC.7 849 Sq/185-N Jun 2003
wa 652 1970     XV664: asac.7 2003 ASaC.7 type 849Sqn /R-187; 2004 still
wa 659 1970     XV671: asac.7 conv to ASaC.7 type; 2003 849Sqn /N-183
wa 660 1970     XV672: asac.7 2001 conv to ASaC 7
wa 668 1971     XV697: asac.7 2003 type:ASaC.7 849Sqn./CU-181
wa 678 1971     XV707: asac.7 2005 type:ASaC.7 849Sqn./184; 2008 type:ASaC.7 849Sqn./184
wa 685 1972     XV714: asac.7 2003 ASaC.7 type 849 Sqn /R-188; 2004 ASaC.7 type 849 Sqn /+
wa 887 1980     ZA126: asac.7 02jul11 pictured (top) as 849NAS/91 at RAF Waddington. infla+
wa 945 1985     ZD636: asac.7 2011 857Sqn /CU-182
wa 956 1986     ZE418: asac.7 2009 ASaC7 type 849Sqn /186
wa 958 1986     ZE420: asac.7 2009 type:ASaC.7 857Sqn./189
wa 961 1986     ZE422: asac.7 conv ASaC.7 at AgustaWestland from May 2005 to c Apr 2006

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