30th September 2015 ALL UK based RAF SAR Helicopter operations ceased!

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The sadly missed Sea Kings.

Today 30th September 2015 ALL UK based SAR ceased

It was 1952 when they first started and over the decades developed into the most capable and proficient SAR force anywhere. Many nations forces and civilian helicopter companies have now adopted “our” way of doing SAR. Decades of constant readiness and missions to help primarily military aircrew but also many thousands of British Citizens and others in direct peril, or needing help and assistance. 22 Sqn alone has helped over 12000 since 1955! The 3 squadrons depicted and badged here (22, 202 and 203) finally cease operations and training today in the UK in entirety – all 3 with fine and illustrious histories going back over a hundred years each, and none more so than in the last 60 where they have been Ever Ready and Valiant and Brave and persistent I remember too the many winchmen who were the bravest of the brave and all of them volunteers… not often widely known that…..and especially those (few in number thank heavens) who paid the ultimate price.

Thanks to David Anthony Simpson for allowing me to copy this. What a history, what people thanks for all the memories.

David Anthony

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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