May 30 (UPI) -- Britain's Royal Navy has handed over seven surplus Sea King helicopters to Pakistan.
The handover took place in Britain earlier this month and was conducted in a ceremony attended by Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the U.K.
Pakistani officials said in a press release that the helicopters are to undergo maintenance services by M/s Vector Aerospace before they are shipped to Pakistan later this year.
The High Commissioner lauded the historic relationship between the Armed Forces of Pakistan and the United Kingdom. He also thanked the representatives of Britain, Leonardo and M/s Vector Aerospace for their support in the successful transfer of the aircraft.
The Sea King of the Royal Navy was built under license by Westland Helicopters. The sales deal for them was signed by Pakistan and Britain's Ministry of Defense last year.