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  • united kingdom Foreign Training Unit

    Fleet Air Arm


    RNFTU :

    1973 to 1976    




    Following the success of the Indian and Norwegian training experience and as the pace of Westlands overseas sales of the Sea King picked up, the Foreign Training Unit was created to give continuity to the courses, as new customers appeared with their own airframes on which to train.

    Teams from these countries were trained:
    * German Mk 41 Jul 1973 - Nov 1974
    * Australian Mk 50 Oct 1974 - (?) Dec 1974
    * Pakistani Mk 45 Jan 1975 - Oct 1975
    * Egyptian Mk 47 Sep 1975 - Mar 1976
    * Belgian Mk 48 Jun 1976 - Nov 1976

    and the unit disbanded, before attention shifted to the initial training of the Royal Air Force on the Sea King HAR.3.


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    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    1973/76RNAS CuldroseEGDR




    Models

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    YearsModels
    1976BE Force AĆ©rienne Belge Sea King Mk.48
    1975PK Pakistan Navy Sea King     Sea King Mk.45
    1975/76EG Egyptian Navy Sea King Mk.47
    1974AU Fleet Air Arm (RAN) Sea King     Sea King Mk.50
    1973/74DE Marineflieger Sea King     Sea King Mk.41





    Operations


    DatesOperation
    25-jan-7525-jan-75 mv Lovat rescue
    16-jan-7416-jan-74 Rescue from ss Merc Enterprise