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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 7: Helicopters, Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King

Sikorsky CH-124A Sea King

Data current to 28 July 2020.

 (RCAF Photo)

Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King (Serial No. 4036), during waterbird training at Morris Lake, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 2011.

The Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King is a twin-engined anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopter designed for shipboard use by Canadian naval forces, based on the US Navy's SH-3.  It served with the RCN and Canadian Armed Forces from 1963 to 2018.

During their service, Sea Kings were assigned to the Iroquois-class destroyers (2 per ship for a total of 6), Halifax-class frigates (1 per ship for a total of 12), and the Protecteur-class replenishment ships (3 per ship for a total 6) as a means of extending the surveillance capabilities beyond the horizon.  When deployed, each Sea King was accompanied by several crews. Each crew consisted of two pilots, a Tactical Coordinator (TACCO), and an Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator (AESOp).  In order to find submarines, the Sea King's sonar used a transducer ball at the end of a 450-foot cable.  It could also be fitted with Forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras to find surface vessels at night.

Sea Kings were flown by No. 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron, No. 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, and by No. 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron.

On 1 Dec 2018, the CH-124 was officially retired in a ceremony at Vancouver Island, British Columbia, concluding 55 years of service.  Of the surviving 28 Canadian Sea Kings, nine went to museums or are being displayed as monuments, 15 were sold, three were scrapped, and one is retained as a training aid.

Sikorsky S-61A, RCN CHSS-2, CH-124A, CH-124B, Sea King Helicopter (41), (Serial Nos. 4001-4041). 

(RCN Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Sikorsky CH-124A Sea King (Serial No. 4027) over RCN de Havilland Tracker (Serial No. 1578), 1968. 

 (Author Photo)

Sikorsky CH-124A Sea King (Serial No. 4022), on board HMCS St. Laurent, St. John's, Newfoundland, 1971.

 (Alain Rioux Photo)

Sikorsky CH-124A Sea King (Serial No. 4007), CFB Summerside, Prince Edward Island, summer 1988.

 (Author Photo)

Sikorsky CH-124A Sea King (Serial No. 4004), CFB Trenton, Ontario, 1978.

(Shearwater Aviation Museum Photo)

Sikorsky CH-124A Sea King (Serial No. 4008). 

   (Dan Barnes Photo)

Sikorsky CH-124A Sea King (Serial No. 4006). 

 (Lt. j.g. Brett Dawson, USN Photo)

Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King (Serial No. 4028).  

 (Mike Kaehler Photo)

Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King (Serial No. 4005). 

 (Mike Kaehler Photo)

Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King (Serial No. 4017).

 (DND Photo via Jason Graveline)

Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King (Serial No. 4019), ca 1965-68.

 (U.S. Navy Photo, Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joseph M. Buliavac)

Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King (Serial No. 4012), No. 443 Squadron, 23 June 2016.

 (Mike Kaehler Photo)

Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King (Serial No. 4010) and (Serial No. 4004), No. 443 Squadron in formation over Patricia Bay, British Columbia, 1 Dec 2018.

 (Author Photo, 13 June 2020)

Sikorsky CH-124A Sea King (Serial No. 4028), No. 423 Squadron, Connaught Range and Primary Training Centre, Shirley's Bay, Ottawa, Ontario.