The Westland Sea King HAS.5, codenamed ZA116, will bear the name Dara with the full support of the Fitzpatrick family.
In a tweet with the news yesterday evening (Saturday 9 December), Dorset-based Heli Operations said it “has a long working relationship” with the Irish Coast Guard “and many of our crews worked with Capt Dara Fitzpatrick.”
Capt Mark Duffy, winchman Ciarán Smith and winch operator Paul Ormsby also died after their Sikorsky S-92 went down at Black Rock, west of Blacksod on the Mullet Peninsula, in the early hours of 14 March 2017.
The bodies of Smith and Ormsby have not been recovered, though items of their survival gear were found in late September.
#HeliOperations is delighted to announce that the Family of Dara Fitzpatrick have supported the naming of our new helicopter #ZA166 as "Dara" - #HeliOps has a long working relationship supporting #IrishCoastguard and many of our crews worked with Capt Dara Fitzpatrick. pic.twitter.com/I9ey40G2xN— HeliOperations (@HeliOperations) December 9, 2017