Australia — Navy Sea King Helicopters For Sale

Min­is­ter for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today released the Request for Ten­der for the sale of the Navy’s remain­ing Sea King Heli­copters.

The Request for Ten­der includes: 

  • Five com­plete helicopters; 
  • Three air­frames;
  • A sim­u­la­tor; and 
  • Asso­ci­at­ed unique equip­ment and parts. 

“The Sea Kings will be with­drawn from ser­vice in Decem­ber 2011,” Mr Clare said. 

“They’ve been the work­horse of the Navy, hav­ing flown in excess of 60,000 hours in oper­a­tions in Aus­tralia and overseas. 

“The lat­est exam­ple of their work was the dis­as­ter relief and search and res­cue mis­sions they con­duct­ed dur­ing the Queens­land floods.” 

Mr Clare announced on 7 June 2011 that Sea King Shark 07 would be pre­served at the Fleet Air Arm Muse­um in Nowra with the remain­ing air­craft to be offered for sale by tender. 

“This is a real­ly ver­sa­tile heli­copter and a proven capa­bil­i­ty. The Sea Kings could be used for a range of things like fire fight­ing, dis­as­ter relief, search and res­cue, by anoth­er Navy or com­mer­cial­ly,” Mr Clare said. 

The sale of the Sea Kings will be mar­ket­ed across the world includ­ing major Defence expos in the Unit­ed King­dom and Cana­da in September. 

Sub­mis­sions close on 1 Novem­ber 2011. 

RFT doc­u­men­ta­tion will short­ly be avail­able for down­load after reg­is­ter­ing on the AUSTENDER web­site www.tenders.gov.au.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion is avail­able by email­ing disposals@defence.gov.au.

Media con­tact: Kore­na Flana­gan – 02 6277 7620 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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