On Monday 21st March, five Mk4 Sea Kings will carry out a farewell tour of the south and south west of the country. The tour will take them to venues most associated with the helicopter. The Sea King helicopter is well known as a search and rescue vehicle, protecting and rescuing people from the sea and other hostile environments. Unfortunately, the duties were transferred to the private sector this year. It has also been a troop carrier for over 36 years, taking the Royal Marines into action (and bringing them out again).
They will set off from RNAS Yeovilton, where the Commando Helicopter Force is based, at 08.30 on Monday March 21. They will then fly over Joint Helicopter Command in Andover, Portsmouth Naval Base, RM Poole, Portland, CTCRM in Lympstone, Dartmouth, RM Stonehouse, Plymouth Naval Base, HMS Raleigh, 42 Commando in Bickleigh, Okehampton Camp and Commando Logistics Regiment in Chivenor.
We will be lucky enough to see them fly up the river Dart from the river mouth and up to and over the Britannia Royal Naval College. If you click on the map below you will see a larger version. The map was taken from the dedicated Royal Navy website page where you'll also find more information.
Everyone involved hopes that crowds will be at the various venues to cheer and wave off the stalwarts of the skies.
PASS IT ON AND MAKE SURE AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TURN OUT!