Air International 2017-03
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I.Harding - Going Strong at 40 /Military/
The NH90 has an initial operational capability for SAR in Belgium? but delays to the programme have extended the Sea King Mk48's OSD to the end of 2018 at least.
The Sea King celebrates 40 years in Belgian service this year; RS05 retains the ’25 Years' anniversary markings applied 15 years ago, although there are plans for some changes to be made.
A visit by 40 Smaldeel to RNAS Culdrose last year led to some flying along the north Cornwall coast, as seen here with RS05 in front of Godrevy Lighthouse.
The Belgian SAR force has attended more than 3,300 shouts, saving over 1,750 people, since operations began.
A Sea King Mk48 being prepared for a mission at Koksijde. The Belgians retained the sand and green camouflage that was applied for the Sea Kings’ original customer, Egypt, but a red nose was added to distinguish them for SAR duties.