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RCAF Sea King approaches end of service

29th January 2018 - 03:01 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Canadian Air Force 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron conducted its final operational flight of the CH-124 Sea King helicopter on 26 January 2018 with a flypast over Halifax Harbour and Shearwater, Nova Scotia.

The squadron is transitioning to the CH-148 Cyclone, the air force’s new maritime helicopter.

The 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron at Patricia Bay in British Columbia will support navy operations on the east and west coasts until the Sea King is formally retired at Patricia Bay at the end of 2018. Both 443 and 423 Squadrons are part of 12 Wing Shearwater.

The Sea King has been in service with the navy and Royal Canadian Air Force for 54 years. The first Cyclone detachments onboard navy ships are planned for mid-2018.

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