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THE FINAL FLY PAST

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There was a poignant moment this week as the Royal Navy’s Sea King search and rescue helicopters bade farewell to Scotland on Thursday.

 The final flight marked the end of an era and the end of decades of invaluable service.

 

 

 

The route for the three Sea Kings took them over several locations including Garelochhead and Crianlarich.

 

HMS Gannet’s Sea Kings have rescued people from difficult and dangerous situations for more than 40 years in thousands of operations -most recently when they rescued 12 people trapped on an Ayrshire bus caught in flooding on December 30.

 

The service covered an area stretching from Ben Nevis to the Lake District and from Edinburgh to the west of Ireland.

 

Following a decision to privatise search and rescue in 2013, and the subsequent award of that contract to Bristow Helicopters, the service is now run by a civilian team based at Prestwick airport, thus bringing to an end military rescue in Scotland.

 

 People turned out all along the route of the farewell flypast to wave their final goodbyes to the Sea Kings.

  

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