Westland Sea King HC4 Commando – 846 NAS, RNFAA, Kandahar, Afghanistan 2008
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33418: Westland Sea King HC4 Commando of 846 NAS, RNFAA, Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2008. Limited Edition of 1,500 Pieces.
Length 12.25 inches Rotorspan 10.25 inches
Joint Helicopter Command was formed in 1999 as a tri-service organisation uniting military helicopters of the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. Their largest operation to date was Operation “Telic”, the invasion of Iraq. Since then, JFC has maintained units in Iraq, in support of British and coalition forces there. Another detachment is also maintained in Afghanistan, as part of Operation “Herrick”. 846 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) is based at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in Somerset. Equipped with 10 Sea King HC-4 Commando helicopters the Squadron is primarily dedicated to the support of 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines. Since 2008, 846 NAS Sea Kings have been heavily committed to the Helmand provinces in Afghanistan.
Designed to meet a US Navy requirement for an all-weather amphibious helicopter, the Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King first flew on March 11, 1959. Originally a submarine hunter-killer, the Sea King has since been used in a variety of operations, from search and rescue, executive transport and communications to anti-ship and airborne early warning. Its five main rotor blades and tail section fold for stowage aboard aircraft carriers, and its hull can remain temporarily watertight for water landings-a risky maneuver attempted only in emergencies. When deployed by aircraft carriers, Sea Kings serve as plane guard and are the first in the air and the last to return.