4-Jan-2013 Source: HeliHub.com
Local press today reports that the Royal Australian Navy has confirmed it will sell the last five Sea Kings for scrap. The five were officially retired in December 2011 and have been stored at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, south of Sydney, pending a decision on their future.
Now it has been confirmed the five aircraft, seven engines and spare parts will be sold after 35 years of operations. One – known as “Shark 07” was donated to the Fleet Air Arm Museum back in April 2012 (see HeliHub.com story). A total of over 60,000 hours were flown on these helicopters.
The amphibious and maritime logistics support role played by the Sea Kings will be undertaken by the new MRH90 Multi-Role Helicopter
Graham Stevens – HeliHub.com Australasia correspondent