Flight Deck

The SAS PROTEA has hangering facilities for one Alouette III helicopter and can also receive other helicopters on her flight deck.

The safety nets on the flight deck are lowered during helicopter operations and trained members of the crew act as flight deck personnel. 

A helicopter adds to the ship's versatility.

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The SAS PROTEA has conducted a number of humanitarian and environmental assistance operations in South African waters, and as far south as Marion Island.

The helicopter is essential in fulfilling such tasks as search and rescue, transferring people to and from land or evacuating personnel from islands or other vessels for medical attention.

An Alhouette helicopter being prepared for a mission.

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An Alhouette helicopter departing on a mission. Specially trained sailors double as the flight deck crew. Safety is important - note how the helicopter banks away from the ship as it goes airborne.

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