Topic: AS350BA Squirrel

Fleet Air Arm farewells magnificent machines

This article has photo gallery This article has a video attachmentPublished on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

The Guard during Ceremonial Divisions held at HMAS Albatross give a 'General Salute' to mark the withdrawal from Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Service of the S-70B-2 Seahawk (Bravo) and the AS350BA Squirrel helicopters. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)

The Guard during Ceremonial Divisions held at HMAS Albatross give a 'General Salute' to mark the withdrawal from Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Service of the S-70B-2 Seahawk (Bravo) and the AS350BA Squirrel helicopters.

The S-70B-2 Bravo Seahawk and AS350BA Squirrel helicopters were formally retired from active service in the Royal Australian Navy at a ceremony today at HMAS Albatross.

 

Fleet Air Arm showcases Wings

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Herring (author and photographer)

Squirrel Pairs Display Team in action at Wings Over Illawarra 2017. (photo: LEUT Andrew Herring)

Squirrel Pairs Display Team in action at Wings Over Illawarra 2017.

The aircraft, capabilities and people of the Fleet Air Arm were in full flight before a 30,000 strong crowd at Illawarra Regional Airport near Wollongong, New South Wales for Wings Over Illawarra on 6-7 May.

Joint capability impresses at Avalon

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

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael Noonan with the MRH-90 helicopter crew at the 2017 Avalon Airshow. (photo: Unknown)

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael Noonan with the MRH-90 helicopter crew at the 2017 Avalon Airshow.

Australian military capability was certainly delivered in spades at this year’s Avalon International Airshow, with the services combining to show Australia's joint air power.

Year of firsts for Albatross sailor

Published on by LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Nicole Otte and Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Adam Kohler from 723 Squadron working on their team's aviation challenge during the 2016  Engineering Challenge Competition held at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)

Able Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Nicole Otte and Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Adam Kohler from 723 Squadron working on their team's aviation challenge during the 2016 Engineering Challenge Competition held at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria.

Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Adam Kohler has been named the HMAS Albatross Sailor of the Year for 2016.

Retirement calls after 47 years

Published on by LEUT John Cole (author), ABIS Alan Lancaster (photographer)

Executive Officer 816 Squadron, Lieutenant Commander Justin Hardiman, welcomed Sonia Dowsing and retiring Captain Brett Dowsing to 816 Squadron, HMAS Albatross. It was both a trip down memory lane and a glimpse into the Fleet Air Arm's future during the visit, with Lieutenant Commander Hardiman conducting Captain Dowsing on a tour of the Squadron's hangar and facilities.  Captain Dowsing, who is retiring after a varied and exciting 47 years in the Royal Australian Navy, counts his time as Commanding Officer of 816 Squadron as one of his many career highlights.  (photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster)

Executive Officer 816 Squadron, Lieutenant Commander Justin Hardiman, welcomed Sonia Dowsing and retiring Captain Brett Dowsing to 816 Squadron, HMAS Albatross. It was both a trip down memory lane and a glimpse into the Fleet Air Arm's future during the visit, with Lieutenant Commander Hardiman conducting Captain Dowsing on a tour of the Squadron's hangar and facilities. Captain Dowsing, who is retiring after a varied and exciting 47 years in the Royal Australian Navy, counts his time as Commanding Officer of 816 Squadron as one of his many career highlights.

One Navy Captain is able to look back on a career unlike any other – with command at all commissioned rank levels and service around the globe and having served almost half of the organisation's life.