Whilst serving with HSL-31 Detachment Bravo, this Seasprite was assigned to Oceanographic Units aboard USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS 29) and USNS Harkness (T-AGS 32). In HSL-31 it carried the official callsign Copyright 14 but only used the unofficial callsign Shaka 14. It has been on display at AHMEC since August 1998.
Originally USN BuNo 161656. To AMARC/8H0066. Refurbished for Royal Australian Navy as SH-2G(A). Test flown as N356KA, serialled N29-161656 and delivered to Australia Feb 2001. Contract cancelled due to inability to meet specifications and returned to Kaman Mar 2008. Again refurbished as SH-2G(I), test flown as N314KM and delivered to New Zealand as NZ3614.
Sold in Peru. The crest next to the cockpit is 6 Squadron, which was operating the Kamans in 2014. The emblem on the tail belongs to 3 Squadron, which operated the aircraft until 2005. Both these were actually RNZAF squadrons but the air crew and aircraft were Navy. The Air Force squadrons provided maintenance and support.
The Seasprite is a light anti-submarine helicopter intended to deployed from smaller warships such as destroyers and frigates. This ex-HSL-31 'Archangels' SH-2F is now on display at the incredible Pima Air & Space museum.