Anakonda snakes into services

With the final upgraded W-3WARM search and rescue helicopters delivered to the Polish Navy, the type’s future looks assured. Michał Fiszer and Jerzy Gruszczyński report

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Anakondas 0511 and 0506 are operated by the 44th Naval Air Base in Darłowo, where there are two Mi- 14PLR (Mi-14PL modified to SAR duties) and seven Mi-14PL ASW helicopters
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This modernised Anakonda at its home base Gdynia Babie Doły belongs to 43rd Naval Air Base, which operates six out of the eight upgraded helicopters. It received a new grey camouflage colour scheme with DayGlo orange features to distinguish them as SAR helicopters 
All Images by Michał Fiszer
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Anakonda 0815 was delivered to the Polish Navy on March 15, 1999 and served as its SAR helicopter until recent modernisation. This image shows the helicopter at Gdynia-Babie Doły circa 2011

All eight of the Polish Navy’s modernised W-3WARM Anakondas have now been delivered to the Polish Navy, marking the latest chapter in a relationship with the type that spans close to 30 years.

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