The retirement of the Sea King ASaC7 has finally called time on the UK military career of the venerable Sea King. Richard Scott reports from RNAS Culdrose.
Last Royal Navy ‘Baggers’
The Royal Navy (RN) retired its last Sea King ASaC7 (SKASaC) airborne surveillance and control helicopters on September 25, bringing down the final curtain on the Sea King’s near 50-year career in UK military service. The last three airworthy ASaC7 aircraft with 849 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) – ZE420 ‘89’, XV714 ‘88’ and ZA126 ‘91’ – flew from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, Cornwall to HMS Sultan near Portsmouth on September 26 for disposal. A fourth airframe, ZE422 ‘92’, was transported to Sultan by road.