Five of the Navy’s retired Sea King helicopters, withdrawn from service in December 2011, have been sold to Aerospace Logistics (ASL), which plans to part them out to sustain operations of the type elsewhere in the world.
Announcing the sale, Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare said the ASL bid offered the highest return to the Commonwealth.
Clare noted the Sea Kings had flown more than 60,000 hours while in service with the Navy and that they had come to the assistance of many Australians, including during the Queensland floods two years ago.
Meanwhile Sea King Shark 07 has been retained for display with the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Nowra.
Disposal of the Sea Kings was announced in September 2011.