united kingdom Sea King Training Unit

Royal Air Force


1977 to 1996    

Formed on 1 Dec 1977 as a Royal Navy unit and commissioned on 17 Feb 1978 at RNAS Culdrose, home of the RN Sea King fleet. Its role was to train RAF air and ground crews in the SAR role with the newly acquired Sea King HAR.3. By Aug 1978, crews were proficient enough to begin feeding 202 Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth. It then became a two airframe unit (with access to the Culdrose Sea King simulator) attached to 706 NAS from Oct 1979, until it moved to RAF St.Mawgan during 1993. It was known as the Sea King Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) from 1 Apr 1996. It was disbanded on 16 Oct 1996, when its airframes and personnel became 203(R) Squadron.

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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa 851 har.3 1977 XZ585 : RAF d/d Jan78; RAF SKTU by Dec 1980; 202 Sq by 1986; Crashed on high grou+
- XZ585 : Dec17 at 764 Sqn HMS Sultan; Has been subject to flight servicing and grou+
: as /A in rear of new hangar at RAF Museum, Hendon
wa 852 har.3 1977 XZ586 : 17 Feb 1978, gave a winching demonstration at the commissioning ceremony o+
wa 854 har.3 1978 XZ588 : noted at RNAS Yeovilton airday whilst serving with SKTU
wa 857 har.3 1978 XZ591 : RAF SKTU, on station with 771 NAS Wessex XS481, off Gribbin Head (c 5nm S+
Vector Aerospace XZ591 : Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands, noted ; Stripped of all usable parts and+
wa 865 har.3 1978 XZ599 : ff Dec 1978; 202 Sq by 1986; RAF SKTU CU by 1988
Vector Aerospace XZ599 : Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands, noted ; Stripped of all usable parts and+