The Royal New Zealand Air Force has officially welcomed three new Kaman Seasprite maritime helicopters of the new SH-2G(I) type. The first batch of an order of ten was officially embedded with No. 6 Squadron at RNZAF Base Auckland/Whenuapai on 6 March 2015. Operated by the Air Force, they are flown by Navy pilots.
The Kaman ASW choppers are to be operated from the Royal New Zealand Navy ANZAC class frigates F77 Te Kaha and F111 Te Mana, as well as from the multi-role vessel L421 Canterbury and offshore-patrol vessels of the Protector-class: P148 Otago and P55 Wellington. Eight will be operational, with the remainder two staying in reserve.
New Zealand’s five older SH-2G(NZ) versions have been sold to the Peruvian Navy.
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Featured image (top): First flight in its new environment of RNZAF Base Auckland was done on 4 March 2015 (Image © RNZAF)