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Nuyina can house four AS350 B3 helicopters or two medium-sized helicopters similar to Sikorsky S92s. This capacity enables the ship to be utilised by a range of other agencies outside the Antarctic season, including for humanitarian missions.

The B3s can sling load up to 1200 kg at a time from ship to shore. Four helicopters will be able to operate at a time, with one potentially landing on the aft helideck, another sling loading cargo from the front, and two others in transit or off-loading ashore.

A red helicopter flying above sea ice.
The RSV Nuyina has space for four B3 helicopters. Photo: Richard Youd
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