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SH-2G Seasprite  Helicopter. | by Bernard Spragg
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SH-2G Seasprite Helicopter.

Naval Helicopter Forces (NHF) is provided by No. 6 Squadron RNZAF. The Squadron is equipped with a fleet of five Seasprite helicopters operated by the RNZN and maintained by the RNZAF.


The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) replaced its Westland Wasps with four[20] interim SH-2F Seasprites (ex-US Navy), operated and maintained by a mix of Navy and Air Force personnel known as No. 3 Squadron RNZAF Naval Support Flight, to operate with ANZAC class frigates until the fleet of five new SH-2G Super Seasprites were delivered. The Navy air element was transferred to No. 6 Squadron RNZAF at RNZAF Base Auckland in Whenuapai in October 2005. RNZN Seasprites have seen service in East Timor. Six additional SH-2Fs were purchased and are now stationed at the RNZAF Ground Training Wing (GTW) at Woodbourne near Blenheim as training helicopters. An SH-2F (ex-RNZN, NZ3442) is preserved in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum, donated to the museum by Kaman Aircraft Corporation after an accident while in service with the RNZN.

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Taken on April 19, 2014