Topic: 725 Squadron

Skeletor retires after sterling service

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Bill Solomou (author and photographer)

Navy Seahawk Helicopter N24-011 takes off for one last time at Australia's main operating base in the Middle East. (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)

Navy Seahawk Helicopter N24-011 takes off for one last time at Australia's main operating base in the Middle East.

Royal Australian Navy Seahawk helicopter 'Skeletor' has flown its last operational flight after a career logging 6,200 airframe hours and spanning more than 28 years of service.

Bravo, bravo to outgoing Seahawk

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), CPL Craig Barrett (photographer)

Lieutenant Luke Mein from 816 Squadron in the cockpit of Seahawk S70B-2 which is on display at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon. (photo: CPL Craig Barrett)

Lieutenant Luke Mein from 816 Squadron in the cockpit of Seahawk S70B-2 which is on display at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon.

This year’s Avalon International Airshow marks a changing of the guard for the Royal Australian Navy’s helicopter fleet.

Melbourne off to a flying start

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Robert White (author), LEUT Owen Higgins (photographer)

HMAS Melbourne has continued to gather strength in 2017 conducting FFG MH60-R ‘Romeo’ Helicopter first of class flight trials. 

Whilst off the East coast of Australia, the embarked Romeo, ‘Cobra 09’, was required to land ashore to conduct mission essential calibration of equipment following maintenance.  (photo: LEUT Owen Higgins)

HMAS Melbourne has continued to gather strength in 2017 conducting FFG MH60-R ‘Romeo’ Helicopter first of class flight trials. Whilst off the East coast of Australia, the embarked Romeo, ‘Cobra 09’, was required to land ashore to conduct mission essential calibration of equipment following maintenance.

HMAS Melbourne has continued to ‘gather strength’ in 2017 conducting MH60-R ‘Romeo’ Helicopter first of class flight trials. 

Aviation trials on track throughout Fleet

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author)

Officer in Charge of Navy's Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU), Commander David Hutchinson, in front of a MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' at 725 Squadron. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

Officer in Charge of Navy's Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU), Commander David Hutchinson, in front of a MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' at 725 Squadron.

The Royal Australian Navy’s Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit has a busy 2017 planned, with seven first of class flight trials scheduled before September.

Bye, bye Birdie

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (author)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, (right)  presents the  Governor's Cup to the Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman, CSC, RAN (left). Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Mardi Longford (centre) was present as the junior member of HMAS Albatross' Ship's Company. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, (right) presents the Governor's Cup to the Commanding Officer of HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman, CSC, RAN (left). Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Mardi Longford (centre) was present as the junior member of HMAS Albatross' Ship's Company.

Captain Simon Bateman was no stranger to HMAS Albatross when he assumed command in December 2013, but as he hands over command, he reflects on the changes achieved throughout his tenure.

Aviators support local school for hearing impaired

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), Unknown (photographer)

Commander Royals presented the Centre with a cheque for $1,200. (photo: Unknown)

Commander Royals presented the Centre with a cheque for $1,200.

Naval aviators on the south coast of New South Wales have donated time and funds to a local Shoalhaven charity with personal links to their own squadron.

24th and final MH-60R Seahawk delivered to Royal Australian Navy

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

The Sikorsky MH-60R

The Sikorsky MH-60R "Romeo" Seahawk helicopter "2-4" which is the 24th and final Romeo military helicopter to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy from Sikorsky Defence Systems and Services as part of AIR9000 Phase 8.

The last of Navy's 24 MH-60R maritime combat helicopters was accepted by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, in a ceremony at  Lockheed-Martin’s Logistics and Maintenance Facility at Nowra’s Aviation Technology Park on Monday 12 September.

Passing of the gauntlet

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Mark Flowerdew (author), ABIS Alan Lancaster (photographer)

725 Squadron Commanding Officer, Commander David Frost, RAN, disembarks a Royal Australian Navy's MH-60R Romeo helicopter prior to his handover to Commander Matthew Royals. (photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster)

725 Squadron Commanding Officer, Commander David Frost, RAN, disembarks a Royal Australian Navy's MH-60R Romeo helicopter prior to his handover to Commander Matthew Royals.

The Royal Australian Navy's Fleet Air Arm has had a changing of the guard with 725 Squadron welcoming a new Commanding Officer in early December.

First Australian made Romeo aircrew graduate

Published on by LEUT Mark Flowerdew (author), Unknown (photographer)

Graduating from the Advanced Pilot/Aviation Warfare Officer (AvWO) course was LCDR Eugene Cleary and LEUT’s Chris Prescott and Geoff Winter.  Petty Officer Aircrewman Colin McCallum and Leading Seaman Aircrewman McGreal also completed the Advanced Sensor Operator course. (photo: Unknown)

Graduating from the Advanced Pilot/Aviation Warfare Officer (AvWO) course was LCDR Eugene Cleary and LEUT’s Chris Prescott and Geoff Winter. Petty Officer Aircrewman Colin McCallum and Leading Seaman Aircrewman McGreal also completed the Advanced Sensor Operator course.

The Royal Australian Navy’s, MH-60R Seahawk helicopter capability continues to grow with the recent graduation of the first 'Australian-made' aircrew students.

Romeo packs a punch

Published on by LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author), LCDR Stephan Immerz (photographer), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

HMAS Perth's embarked MH-60R 'Romeo' helicopter prepares to conduct an air patrol around an oil rig in support of Perth's North West Shelf patrol.  (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)

HMAS Perth's embarked MH-60R 'Romeo' helicopter prepares to conduct an air patrol around an oil rig in support of Perth's North West Shelf patrol.

To engage a surface target from the air with pinpoint accuracy or take out an enemy on the first floor of a building, leaving the rest of the structure intact, is a capability Navy has never had - until now.