THE navy will sell off its fleet of decommissioned Sea King helicopters for parts and scrap.
A report was confirmed last week that five complete Sea Kings, seven engines and a range of repairable and consumable parts would be sold.
The helicopters were based at HMAS Albatross and had flown more than 60,000 hours in operations in Australia and overseas over the past 35 years.
One of the Sea King helicopters, the Shark 07, will remain at HMAS Albatross in the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
Museum manager Terry Hetherington said in light of the aircraft being sold for parts or scrap he was honoured to still have a Sea King at the museum.
“We are honoured to be the keeper of the last Sea King aircraft that will remain in Australia.
“It was dedicated here as a memorial to the people who lost their lives in the accident on the Island of Nias and a symbol of the people who operated them over the past 36 years,” Mr Hetherington said.
The Defence Minister is expected to make a detailed announcement regarding the sale later this month.