Getting 'Romeo-ready': RAN aircrew achieve MH60-R training milestone

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Location(s): NAS Mayport, Florida, USA

Topic(s): MH-60R Seahawk, 725 Squadron

NUSQN725 aircrew all smiles after completing their initial Seahawk Romeo training. Rear: LCDR Todd Glynn, front: LCDRs Pete Talbot, Nigel Rowan and LEUT Mark Flowerdew.

NUSQN725 aircrew all smiles after completing their initial Seahawk Romeo training. Rear: LCDR Todd Glynn, front: LCDRs Pete Talbot, Nigel Rowan and LEUT Mark Flowerdew.

The Royal Australian Navy is a step closer to being ‘Romeo-ready’ after New Squadron 725 (NUSQN725) aircrew successfully reached an important milestone in their MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopter training.

The aircrew were all smiles after getting the tick on their Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardisation (NATOPS) checks, marking the culmination of their initial Seahawk Romeo training with the US Navy.

Having learnt ground and airborne instruction, emergency procedures and operating techniques, the aircrew are now beginning advanced tactical training - learning to operate the aircraft as an anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare weapon.

The new generation Seahawk Romeo helicopter maritime warfare helicopter will replace the RAN’s ageing fleet of S-70-B ‘Bravo’ Seahawks.

The US Navy, which already operates the Seahawk Romeo, is training NUSQN725 personnel to ensure the RAN is ‘Romeo-ready’ when the new helicopters are delivered.