Sea King Mk4 bids farewell to the Royal Navy with flypast

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A Royal Navy helicopter dubbed the "Land Rover of the skies" is making its final flypast.

The Sea King Mk4 has been flying for 36 years with the Commando Helicopter Force, based at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset.

Five of the aircraft are flying from the base, visiting Portsmouth, Poole, Plymouth, Okehampton, Bristol and Glastonbury.

The fleet will be decommissioned at the end of the month.

Sea King helicopters leaving RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset where they have been based for a final fly past over Portsmouth, Poole, Plymouth, Okehampton, Bristol and Glastonbury

Glastonbury Tor The Sea Kings flew over Glastonbury Tor before heading back to Yeovilton
Sea King Helicopter The Royal Navy's Sea Kings are known as the 'Junglies' - a reference to their role fighting in Borneo in the 1960s
Sea King helicopter landing on HMS Bulwark A 'Junglie' lands for the final time on board HMS Bulwark

On Sunday a 'Junglie' Sea King landed for the final time on the flight deck of HMS Bulwark, which is currently at sea off the Devon coast.

Captain James Parkin said: "The 'Junglie' Sea King has given fantastic service to the British Armed Forces over the last 36 years all over the world, ranging from the Falklands War, through Bosnia and Northern Ireland, and in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It's been great to see a 'Junglie' Sea King at sea for one final time, and I look forward to the 'Junglie' Merlins becoming just as familiar a sight on our deck in the future."

Sea King flypast

Source: Royal Navy

Depart RNAS Yeovilton


JHC Headquarters


NCHQ-Whale Island (Portsmouth)


RM Poole


CTCRM Lympstone


BRNC Dartmouth


Plymouth (Barbican, HMS Raleigh)


Bickley Barracks 42 CDO RM


Okehampton Camp


CLR, Chivenor


Norton Manor Camp, 40 CDO RM


Charlton Farm Hospice


Abbeywood, Bristol


Glastonbury Tor


Yeovil (Town itself)


Land back at Yeovilton


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