725SQN pays tribute to family and friends

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Michael Grant (author), LCDR Sam Dale (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Albatross, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Albatross, 725 Squadron, 816 Squadron, Community Engagement

One of the MH60R Seahawk static displays at the HMAS Albatross 2018 Families Day. (photo: LCDR Sam Dale)
One of the MH60R Seahawk static displays at the HMAS Albatross 2018 Families Day.

During October, 725 and 816 Squadrons of HMAS Albatross welcomed the family and friends of the establishment’s combined 400 strong workforce through its doors for 2018 Families Day.

This opportunity allowed family members to gain an insight into the daily Squadron working environment, showcasing the MH60R Seahawk, simulators and facilities. The day also provided a chance to show and reinforce the role that families undertake supporting their uniformed members.

Attractions included static aircraft displays, an aircraft handling demonstration of the MH60R helicopter, simulator rides, tours and a BBQ. For 725 Squadrons Operations officer, Lieutenant Commander Stewart Mathies, it was a rare chance to bring his family to work.

“Families day is one of the best days of the year as it provides a great opportunity to give loved ones a first-hand look at what we do from day to day,” LCDR Mathies said.

The event received huge support from friends and family and was very well attended with guest numbers approaching 400 visitors. Through the commitment and enthusiasm of Squadron personnel, the day proved to be both enjoyable and memorable for all involved.