Australian Navy set to sell off Sea King helicopter fleet

Posted: 08/31/2011
Australian Department of Defence
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Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today released the Request for Tender for the sale of the Navy’s remaining Sea King Helicopters.

The Request for Tender includes:
  • Five complete helicopters;
  • Three airframes;
  • A simulator; and
  • Associated unique equipment and parts.
"The Sea Kings will be withdrawn from service in December 2011," Mr Clare said.

"They’ve been the workhorse of the Navy, having flown in excess of 60,000 hours in operations in Australia and overseas.

"The latest example of their work was the disaster relief and search and rescue missions they conducted during the Queensland floods."

Mr Clare announced on 7 June 2011 that Sea King Shark 07 would be preserved at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra with the remaining aircraft to be offered for sale by tender.

"This is a really versatile helicopter and a proven capability. The Sea Kings could be used for a range of things like fire fighting, disaster relief, search and rescue, by another Navy or commercially," Mr Clare said.

The sale of the Sea Kings will be marketed across the world including major Defence expos in the United Kingdom and Canada in September.