The Pakistan Navy has received seven refurbished Sea King helicopters that were purchased from the United Kingdom, according to a statement issued on Friday.
The helicopters were formally handed over to Pakistan Navy on May 24, in a ceremony attended by Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK.
Christopher Bob Richardson represented the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) in the formal handing over ceremony.
Contract for purchase of seven (7) helicopters was signed last year. A separate contract was signed with M/s Vector Aerospace for maintenance of the aircraft before being shipped to Pakistan later this year.
These will join the Pakistan Navy’s six Sea King Mk.45 helicopters, which are shore-based assets used for multiple roles, among them search-and-rescue, troop transport, anti-submarine warfare and anti-ship warfare, reports Quwa.
The specific model of these additions is not known, nor is it clear if this recent batch will supplant the Pakistan Navy’s existing Sea King fleet.