The Royal Australian Navy is a step closer to being ‘Romeo-ready’ after New Squadron 725 (NUSQN 725) aircrew successfully reached an important milestone in their MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ helicopter training.
The aircrew were all smiles after getting the tick on their Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardisation (NATOPS) checks, marking the culmination of their initial Seahawk Romeo training with the US Navy.
Having learnt ground and airborne instruction, emergency procedures and operating techniques, the aircrew are now beginning advanced tactical training - learning to operate the aircraft as an anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare weapon.
The new generation Seahawk Romeo helicopter maritime warfare helicopter will replace the RAN’s ageing fleet of S-70-B ‘Bravo’ Seahawks.
The US Navy, which already operates the Seahawk Romeo, is training NUSQN 725 personnel to ensure the RAN is ‘Romeo-ready’ when the new helicopters are delivered.