Following the delivery of the first two Royal Australian Navy (RAN) MH-60R helicopters less than week ago, the maintenance teams of NUSQN 725 were eager to get down to business and complete the significant number of mandatory inspections, testing and ground runs so the RAN could have two Romeos ‘Ready On Deck’ prior to Christmas.
“The aircraft needed to be brought onto the Australian Defence Force’s Computer Aided Maintenance Management System (CAMM2) before it could be accepted onto the State Register,” said NUSQN 725’s Aviation Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Stephan Immerz.
“This required the team to identify the serial numbers of most of the significant components on the aircraft,” he said.
Crewed by Lieutenant Commanders Todd Glynn, Josh Carey and Leading Seaman Aircrewman Chris Hodgkinson, the first of the two Romeos, Gauntlet 901, departed NAS Jacksonville at 1539 on 18 December 2013 for a Maintenance Test Flight (MTF) which lasted over two hours. The following day, 902 completed a similar flight which lasted around three hours.
“The test flights check all the engine, control and missions Systems while certifying certain pilots as a MH-60R Maintenance Test Pilot. The successful completion of these flights will allow normal squadron flying operations to commence in early January,” explained LCDR Glynn.
A further five MH-60R helicopters are scheduled for delivery in 2014, prior to NUSQN 725 returning to Australia.