Sea Kings Retire After Over Half a Century of Service

By Peter Mallett December 12, 2018 – Heartfelt tributes flowed freely during the official Sea King helicopter retirement parade December 1, 2018, when the military community bade farewell to the longest serving aircraft in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Inside the hangar at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron at Pat Bay, B.C., more than 500 people gathered to witness the historic send-off. “To our magnificent Sea King, though you were an inanimate object, you were a living presence in the lives of so many of us in the navy and…

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Canadian Armed Forces Honor Long-serving CH-124 Sea King

December 1, 2018 – The Canadian Armed Forces gave a final salute to the CH-124 Sea King maritime helicopter marking its more than five decades of service, in a parade held today at Victoria International Airport. The Sea King will officially retire from service by December 31, 2018 as the RCAF completes its transition to the new CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter. The CH-124 Sea King is a ship-borne maritime helicopter and the longest-serving aircraft in the RCAF fleet. It was procured in 1963 mainly for anti-submarine warfare but its versatility…

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Sea King Replacement Program, Now in Year 42, begins aircrew conversion training

By LT Catherine Drover RCAF On Monday, September 11, 2017, the first round of aircrew conversion training began for pilots at 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron in 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, in preparation for operational employment on the CH-148 Cyclone and eventual initial operational capability around 2023. Personnel on pilot conversion training courses 1 and 2, consisting mostly of CH-124 Sea King-experienced airmen and airwomen, will spend the next 90 training days learning new aircraft systems and tactics while transferring their knowledge and skills from the Sea King to…

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