Today the team had an exercise with R177 and as we only train with them once a year, this could possibly be our last training day with the iconic Sea king helicopters.
The team were lifted up in small groups from Glen Rosa to the Caisteal Abhail area and then winched individually onto the ridge.
From there we waved goodbye to R177 and made our way across to Cir Mhor and down out through Glen Rosa.
A superb day training and experiencing the Arran mountains at their best!
Royal Navy Sea King helicopters have been operating in search and rescue for the last 40 years. They are the work-horse of SAR and the skills and capability of the crews who operate and assist mountain rescue teams in sometimes extreme weather conditions is comendable. Soon we will see a change in search and rescue operations in the UK as the service will be taken over by private contractors and will be an end of an era for the Sea King helicopters that we all know so well.