Sea Kings were nicknamed “junglies” after fighting in Borneo’s jungles in the 1960s. The Westland WS-61 Sea King is a British licence-built version of the American Sikorsky S-61 helicopter of the same name, built by Westland Helicopters. It was one of these helicopters that Prince Harry famously landed in a river.
In British service, the Westland Sea King provided a wide range of services in both the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. As well as wartime roles in the Falklands War, the Gulf War, the Balkans conflict, the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War, the Sea King is perhaps most well known in its capacity as a Royal Navy Search and Rescue (red and grey livery) and RAF Search and Rescue Force (yellow livery) helicopter. Today, it’s decommissioned in a ceremony widely covered and followed by the country.
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