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Sea King damaged by RPG is returned to service

10th January 2012 - 15:41 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London

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A British Sea King helicopter damaged by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) in Afghanistan has been returned to operational service with the Royal Navy's Commando Helicopter Force.

Sea King ZA298 was repaired by Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands after the attack in 2009 and took 18 months to repair.

The aircraft had been landing at a checkpoint in the Nad-e Ali area of Helmand Province when the rocket punched into the fuselage just behind the cockpit, slightly injuring the door gunner.

CPO Neil Copeland was the senior aircraft maintainer in Afghanistan at the time of the RPG attack. 'Because the aircraft

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Tony Osborne

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Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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