Last flight for Sea King helicopters

Sea King Helicopter mid air lowering an officer to the water

Sea King Helicopter in action

Tomorrow, Thursday 15 December the Royal Australian Navy Sea King helicopters of 817 Squadron will make their final flight before decommissioning. This final flight will mark the end of an era. The Sea King helicopters will be retired after 35 years’ service and 817 Squadron decommissioned after 48 years’ continuous service at a traditional ceremony in Nowra on Friday 16 December 2011.

The following schedule was published by the Royal Australian Navy today.

Thursday 15 December 2011 between 0930am and 1pm. (Please note that timings for all locations are approximate). The formation will depart Nowra at 0930am and arrive at Sydney Heads at 1020am. The formation will fly over Sydney Harbour between 1020am and 1030am. Arrival in Canberra is expected between 1145am and 12pm. The formation will depart Canberra at 1215pm at the latest and is expected to arrive back in Nowra by 1pm.

A formation of Sea Kings will launch from the Naval Air Station at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, proceed up the NSW coast to Sydney, fly over Sydney Harbour then turn south to Canberra, fly over Lake Burley Griffin and the Australian War Memorial before heading east to the coast, then over the Shoalhaven and back to the Naval Air Station.

So keep a look out tomorrow…

For more information, visit the Royal Australian Navy website.

3 thoughts on “Last flight for Sea King helicopters

  1. It is an awesome display to see a squadron of helo’s flying by especially when some of them are only held together by gaffa tape. Good bye HS817, I feel priviledged to have been a member of your team – Writer 1986-1988

    • Thanks for your lovely comment, it’s great to hear from someone who was part of the team. Were you able to see them yesterday?

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