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Ukraine: UK-donated Sea King helicopter seen for first time near Black Sea

Watch: UK-donated Sea King helicopter seen operating in Ukraine for first time.

Less than two months after the UK announced it would donate three former Royal Navy Westland Sea King helicopters to Ukraine, one has appeared in action for the first time.

Ukrainian defence minister Oleksii Reznikov posted a video to Twitter, showing one of the donated Sea King helicopters operating near the Black Sea.

The short video shows a former Royal Navy search and rescue helicopter, now emblazoned in Ukrainian blue and gold national markings and an aviation roundel.

Alongside the video, Reznikov thanked British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, adding "together, we will secure the seas and lands across all of Europe".

The full post reads: "Sea King from the UK has arrived in its new kingdom near the Black Sea in Ukraine! It is a strong reinforcement for the Ukrainian Navy.

"Our co-operation will continue to increase. Thank you to @BWallaceMP Together, we will secure the seas and lands across all of Europe!"

The Westland Sea King seen in the short clip was donated by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) at the end of 2022.

Ten crews of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been trained by the Royal Navy, including Sea King aircraft engineers, the MOD has confirmed.

The helicopter has previously been used by British forces for anti-submarine warfare, search-and-rescue missions, general duties, and carrying Royal Marines commandos into action in the Falklands, Iraq, the Balkans, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.