SeaKings to Live on.

Despite having celebrated 50 years of operational service in 2013, and Officially being retired last year. 15 CH-124 Sea Kings will live on, having been sold to Rotor Maxx Support Limited of BC.

Retired SeaKing outside 12 wing Shearwater.

Rotor Max specialized in the support and maintenance of the the Seaking, and its S-61 civilian variant. The 15 Helicopters will be refurbished and leased out to Rotor Max clients to compliment their fleet of eight S-61’s. The acquisition includes a significant inventory of parts, tooling and equipment which will support Rotor max’s business going forward.

the Ex RCAF Seakings were delivered in 1963.

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum

This past Saturday, I swung by the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum out by the airport. Despite passing it regularly, I had never actually stopped in.

The museum is worth the stop – its small, but has alot of aircraft, but the exhibits are well done. Admission is by donation (8$ for adults suggested)

Find the Museum at:
20 Sky Blvd, Goffs,
NS, B2T 1K3

Exit 6 off Highway 102
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Red Arrows Flypast

The RAF demo team began a North American tour with a demonstration over the Harbour Today. The Team was the final Act that featured RCAF aircraft in use on the East Coast.

CH-146 Griffon
the Seaking replacement CH-148 Cyclone
The CH-149 Cormorant Sar Helicopter
the C-130 Hercules
CP-140 Aurora
RAF Airbus A400m transport. this would be equivilant to the C177 Globemaster

The red arrows then performed. The RCAF uses the same Hawk jet as its primary jet training aircraft.

Ocean Force – lightly loaded.

A very light Ocean Force arrived at Fairview Cove this morning, and is due to sail this evening. The ship arrived from a New Jersey Anchorage.

Built in Germany in 1983, the Ship was originally named Condock III. besides being a CON-Ro, capable of taking containers and Ro-ro cargo, the vessel is also semi-submersible, allowing it to transport boats and other floating craft loaded via a full width stern ramp.

the ship is owned and operated by Prime Transport based in the Ukraine.

AOPS Update

Work Continues on the first ship, with testing under way – the Boat Davit appears to have recently load tested, given the empty bag still hanging from it. some of the construction coverings are coming off, and system testing is under way.

The remote gun mount on the bow of Harry DeWolf

the Launch of the Second ship is Due sometime between October 19 and November 19, based on the Coasting trade application for the use of the Boa Barge. that would suggest the plan is to turn the first ship over to the navy before then.

I suspect the yard is under political pressure to hand the ship over prior to the start of the federal election campaign.

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