Topic: HMAS Albatross

Milestone Reached – First EC135 Flight

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(L-R) Mr Tim Leonard, Mr Rob Starks, Major Anton Leshinskas and Lieutenant Commander Tony Hammond infront of the EC-135T2 Helicopter after conducting flight trials at HMAS Albatross. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

(L-R) Mr Tim Leonard, Mr Rob Starks, Major Anton Leshinskas and Lieutenant Commander Tony Hammond infront of the EC-135T2 Helicopter after conducting flight trials at HMAS Albatross.

It was up, up and away for the EC-135T2 helicopter, the latest aircraft to be acquired by the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army as part of the new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS). 

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

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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.

And the winner is … Albatross

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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.

HMAS Albatross has been recognised as Navy’s best performing shore establishment during 2015, receiving the Governor’s Cup.

New home for Fleet Air Arm Headquarters

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Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, cuts the ribbon across the main entrance to the new headquarters building for the Fleet Air Arm, marking its offical opening.  (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, cuts the ribbon across the main entrance to the new headquarters building for the Fleet Air Arm, marking its offical opening.

For the first time in the 70-year history of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, headquarters staff will be based in a purpose-designed building.

Liftoff nears for state-of-the-art helicopter training facility

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Construction of a multi-million-dollar helicopter training facility that will ensure Navy and Army aircrews remain at the cutting edge of military aviation achieved a milestone this month.

New-look canteen for Albatross

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 Navy Canteens chair Commodore Ian Murray, Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Chris Smallhorn and Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman were on hand to conduct the official opening. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

Navy Canteens chair Commodore Ian Murray, Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Chris Smallhorn and Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Simon Bateman were on hand to conduct the official opening.

HMAS Albatross is sporting a first-class recreational and meeting space with the opening of the Navy Canteens facility in the newly constructed base support precinct.

Passing of the gauntlet

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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.

A new phase awaits for 808

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(L-R) Commanding Officer 808 Squadron, Commander Adrian Capner (left) hands the weight of command to Commander Michael Waddell, during the handover ceremony held in the hanger of 808 Squadron, HMAS Albatross.  (photo: LSIS Sarah Williams)

(L-R) Commanding Officer 808 Squadron, Commander Adrian Capner (left) hands the weight of command to Commander Michael Waddell, during the handover ceremony held in the hanger of 808 Squadron, HMAS Albatross.

Navy's home to the MRH-90 helicopter, 808 Squadron, assembled for the traditional rowing ashore of the outgoing Commanding Officer as Commander Adrian Capner handed over the “trident of power” to Commander Michael Waddell recently.

Fleet Air Arm Commander leaves his mark

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Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Chris Smallhorn, (left) receives the weight of command from Commodore Vince Di Pietro at a supersession ceremony at HMAS Albatross, Nowra.  (photo: LS Sarah Williams)

Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Chris Smallhorn, (left) receives the weight of command from Commodore Vince Di Pietro at a supersession ceremony at HMAS Albatross, Nowra.

There was no need of car or driver to transport Commodore Vince Di Pietro to his recent change of command ceremony at the home of Navy's Fleet Air Arm in Nowra.

Remembering Operation DESERT STORM

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Warrant Officer Fred Campbell with Mr Rick Meehan (Nowra RSL secretary, retired Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft)and organiser of the evening) and Lord Mayor of Shoalhaven city, Joanna Gash at the 25th Anniversary of the first Gulf War Commemorative Dinner at Nowra.  (photo: unknown)

Warrant Officer Fred Campbell with Mr Rick Meehan (Nowra RSL secretary, retired Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft)and organiser of the evening) and Lord Mayor of Shoalhaven city, Joanna Gash at the 25th Anniversary of the first Gulf War Commemorative Dinner at Nowra.

Navy has continued to honour its heritage and the contribution of serving members, with a memorial dinner to mark the 25th anniversary of the start of the first Gulf War.