Navy pilot, Lieutenant Commander Todd Glynn, was pleased to catch up with his father, Gordon, when they both flew military aircraft into Avalon, Victoria for the Australian International Airshow this week.
Lieutenant Commander Glynn flew in on a MH-60R Seahawk Romeo helicopter, the Navy’s newest maritime combat asset, which will be on display to the public all weekend at the Airshow.
His father, Gordon, flew down in a refurbished Catalina Flying Boat, used extensively by Australian airmen during the Second World War to conduct daring missions over the Pacific and Indian oceans.
“Dad had a big influence on my decision to become a pilot, he encouraged me as I was growing up to have flying lessons at Bankstown and Hoxton Park airfields in Sydney,” Lieutenant Commander Glynn said.
Lieutenant Commander Glynn is the Executive Officer of 725 Squadron, soon to be commissioned as the Romeo squadron, and a qualified flying instructor.
When fully operational 725 Squadron will have 24 helicopters and about 200 sailors and officers.
“The best part of being at the Airshow is explaining the new features of the Romeo to everyone, as it is a quantum leap over Navy’s current helicopter force. It is the next generation of anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare,” Lieutenant Commander Glynn said.
The new helicopter is currently going through trials with HMAS Perth, an Anzac class frigate. Eventually the Romeos will go to sea in the frigates as well as the Air Warfare Destroyers, currently under constuction.
Lieutenant Commander Glynn’s parents, Gail and Gordon, still live in Baulkham Hills, Sydney, where he grew up.
Navy has a contingent of 40 personnel at Avalon this year and will be displaying the Romeo, the MRH-90 Taipan maritime support helicopter and the AS350BA Squirrel helicopter from squadrons based at the Fleet Air Arm in Nowra, New South Wales.