Farewell to the Junglies


The Sea Kings, pictured flying over Portsmouth Dockyard

The Royal Navy has retired their Sea King helicopters, after 36 years of service.

Pretty much synonymous with the Royal Marines, they served in the Falklands, Bosnia, and Northern Ireland, and in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They are being replaced by the Merlin MK4

They toured the West Country the other day.

over Durdle Door in Dorset


over Glastonbury Tor, in Somerset


Dartmouth, Devon


over Portland Bill Lighthouse in Dorset

via Sea King helicopters make final fly-by before being retired after 36 years  | Daily Mail Online


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9 Responses to Farewell to the Junglies

  1. I saw them flying past Exmouth and did wonder vaguely what they were and why they were doing it.

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    • NEO says:

      Good units, sad to see them go, and to see the squadron stood down, as well.


      • It’s not really my thing but Devon is strongly linked to the Royal Navy in various ways.

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        • NEO says:

          It surely is, and has been ever since there has been a Royal Navy.


  2. the unit says:

    The Sea King was mentioned in song.
    During the 1982 Falklands War between the United Kingdom and Argentina, the song(Don’t Cry For Me Argentina) was sometimes played sarcastically by British regimental bands as they deployed to the Falklands. They changed the lyrics, singing it as “You don’t frighten me Argentina / The truth is we will defeat you / We’ll sink your carrier, with our Sea Harrier / And with our Sea Kings subs’ll be sinking”.[

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    • NEO says:

      Ha! I missed that one. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        I didn’t know either or much about Sea Kings. ‘nother site was featuring the song as inspirational blog for Sunday and I remembered the song from long ago. Went to Wiki to see who might have been the singer from whom I first heard it.
        In section “Aftermath and Impact” was the information I posted above. 🙂

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        • NEO says:



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