Final take-off from Bardufoss for Lynx no. 228 on 9 December 2014 (Image © Mats Grimsæth / Forsvarets Mediesenter)

Final bye bye to Norwegian Coast Guard Lynx

The Royal Norwegian Air Force Westland Lynx flew its final operational assignment for the Norwegian Coast Guard (Kystvakten) on Sunday 8 December 2014. It included the final deck landing of the type in Norwegian service, on board Coast Guard vessel (KV) Svalbard off the coast of Sortland, ending a 30+ year career for the Lynx in military service in Scandinavia.

Now that Norway is slowly introducing the new NHIndustries NH90 into service, the days of the Lynx are over. Machine 207 that made the last operational flight later landed at the Aviation Museum of Bodø after clocking 9160 flight hours while serving the RNoAF and Coast Guard, setting the record of all RNoAF Lynx choppers and flying 2000 hours more than it was designed to do.

The first Norwegian Westland Lynx was airborne on 23 January 1981, at the factory plant. The first touchdown on Norwegian ground was on 3 September of the same year, in Florø. Lynx 337 Squadron became fully operational for shipborne Coast Guard duties on 1 May 1983.

Source: Forsvaret

See also our Overview: Royal Norwegian Air Force

The final operational landing of a Norwegian Lynx (Image © Mats Grimsæth / Forsvarets Mediesenter)
The final operational landing of a Norwegian Lynx (Image © Mats Grimsæth / Forsvarets Mediesenter)
The final operational landing of a Norwegian Lynx (Image © Mats Grimsæth / Forsvarets Mediesenter)
The final operational landing of a Norwegian Lynx (Image © Mats Grimsæth / Forsvarets Mediesenter)
The final operational landing of a Norwegian Lynx (Image © Mats Grimsæth / Forsvarets Mediesenter)
The final operational landing of a Norwegian Lynx (Image © Mats Grimsæth / Forsvarets Mediesenter)
The final operational landing of a Norwegian Lynx (Image © Mats Grimsæth / Forsvarets Mediesenter)
The final operational landing of a Norwegian Lynx (Image © Mats Grimsæth / Forsvarets Mediesenter)
Final take-off from Bardufoss for Lynx no. 228 on 9 December 2014 (Image © Mats Grimsæth / Forsvarets Mediesenter)
Final take-off from Bardufoss for Lynx no. 228 on 9 December 2014 (Image © Mats Grimsæth / Forsvarets Mediesenter)