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A Canadian soldiers jumps into Halifax harbour from a Sea King helicopter as he participates in advanced amphibious training from the Shearwater Jetty in Halifax on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
A Canadian soldiers jumps into Halifax harbour from a Sea King helicopter as he participates in advanced amphibious training from the Shearwater Jetty in Halifax on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
(Andrew Vaughan/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Questions of crew safety unanswered in massive helicopter replacement deal

Ottawa’s plan to start replacing its fleet of Sea Kings next year remains full of unanswered questions about the quality of the new equipment that will be provided to its helicopter crews, a military procurement expert said.

Late afternoon on Friday, Jan. 3, the federal government issued a news release stating that it would start retiring its fleet of Sea King helicopters in 2015 after coming to terms on a revised deal with Sikorsky for the acquisition of a fleet of Cyclone helicopters.