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Rear Adm. Ron Christenson (U.S. Navy ret.), a former Sea
King pilot, Sea King squadron commander and the first heli-
copter pilot to command a U.S. nuclear aircraft carrier, USS
Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), was the guest speaker.
“The trusty Sea King was an amazing machine,” said Christen-
son. “It’s truly one of the greatest aircraft ever designed. The Sea
King was a multi-mission helicopter before they invented the term.
But as great as the Sea King was, it’s the people who maintained it,
supported it and flew in it that really made it what it was.”
It’s estimated that Sea King helicopters flew more than 5.2
million flight hours in military service and three to four mil-
lion flight hours in civilian service added Christenson.
“As we turn over the keys to the Marines of HMX-1, we
know you will take good care of her because you know it will
take good care of you,” said Christenson.
After Christenson’s speech, Macyko turned over the logbooks
to Col. Jerry Glavy, HMX-1 Commanding Officer, transferring
Sea King 154121 to HMX-1 and officially ending Sea King
service to the U.S. Navy.
The H-3 Sea King or one of its variants has been flown by all
the Services in the Department of Defense, the U.S. Coast
Guard, by 23 different countries and it remains a front line mil-
itary helicopter in many of those countries today. The U.S. Ma-
rine Corps remains the last U.S. military service to operate the
Sea King helicopter.

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