HMS Gannet SAR Flight Decommissioning Parade


Lantern Swinger
Today, HMS Gannet held their Decommissioning Parade. They ceased flying on 1 Jan with the introduction of the HM Coastguard S-92s across the airfield.

Many walkers, climbers, outdoors enthusiasts and indeed members of the general public owe their wellbeing to the crews of the venerable red & grey Sea Kings.

My best wishes to all air-crew, ground-crew, and other support personnel who made this an excellent SAR unit, one of the busiest in the UK and with one of the most challenging areas to cover - everything from the Atlantic to Lochaber, and much of the Highlands and Islands.


Spent nearly two and a half enjoyable years at Prestwick in the mid-90's in what was only meant to be a 6 month draft. Only time I worked closely with the FAA, other than with FF/DD ship's flights, and was quite surprised how laid back & relaxed, yet totally professional, they were.
Happy days...

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