Portrush Aircraft Profile Day 7 (Part 2) – Royal Navy Sea King Search and Rescue Demo

Day 7 (Part 2 of our Portrush Aircraft profile is the Royal Navy Sea King HC4 “Jungly”, Who will be making one of her last ever S & R demos in Portrush before retiring from active service later this year.

The Sea King Mk4 – known throughout the Naval world as the Jungly – are the green giants of the Fleet Air Arm. Wherever Royal Marines go in the world, they are accompanied by the venerable Sea Kings of the Commando Helicopter Force, based at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset.

It not only ferries troops into action, but also delivers their supplies and also field guns or Land Rovers if needed. The Junglies have seen action most recently in Iraq – they were instrumental in the opening hours of the 2003 war with Saddam Hussein by landing Royal Marines on the Al Faw peninsula. Today the two front-line Mk4 squadrons – 845 and 846 Naval Air Squadrons – are committed around the clock in Afghanistan supporting the mission of all Allied forces there.

Conducting the Search and Rescue Demo on the Sunday will be a Royal Navy Sea King HAR.5 from 771 Sqn at Prestwick (HMS Gannet). With the civilianisation of the Search and Rescue role in the UK there is every possibility that the demonstration will be the last RN SAR demo from crews at Prestwick and possibly for the whole of the UK, again more information as we get closer to the show.

The Westland WS-61 Sea King is a British licence-built version of the American Sikorsky S-61 helicopter of the same name, built by Westland Helicopters. The aircraft differs considerably from the American version, with Rolls-Royce Gnome engines (derived from the US General Electric T58), British-made anti-submarine warfare systems and a fully computerised flight control system. The Sea King was primarily designed for performing anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. A Sea King variant was adapted by Westland as troop transport known as the Commando.

Portrush shall also have a SeaKing on static display (both days) at the Tennis courts. You will not want to miss this, as this display could be the last time you ever see a Seaking give a S&R demo. You could well be witnessing history being made!

Information and photographs from Airwaves Portrush website and Wikipedia.

Check back tomorrow for another aircraft profile!!

Northern Ireland & Ireland Airshows's photo.
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