Topic: Squadrons

Passing the gauntlet at 725 Squadron

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), CPOIS Cameron Martin (photographer)

Outgoing Commanding Officer 725 Squadron, Commander Stan Buckham, left, passes the gauntlet (the symbol of the Squadron) to incoming Commanding Officer, Commander James Hawley at a ceremony conducted in front of the Squadron and family members at HMAS Albatross. (photo: CPOIS Cameron Martin)

Outgoing Commanding Officer 725 Squadron, Commander Stan Buckham, left, passes the gauntlet (the symbol of the Squadron) to incoming Commanding Officer, Commander James Hawley at a ceremony conducted in front of the Squadron and family members at HMAS Albatross.

725 Squadron has welcomed its new Commanding Officer, Commander James Hawley, at a ceremony conducted in front of the whole Squadron and family members at HMAS Albatross.

Royal Navy aviator supports ADF’s bushfire efforts

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Geoff Long (author), CPOA Brett Kennedy (photographer), POIS Helen Frank (photographer), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Pilot Lieutenant Commander Nick Grimmer, RN, in an 808 Squadron MRH-90 Taipan Maritime Support Helicopter over the Grose Valley bushfire in the Blue Mountains National Park, NSW. (photo: CPOA Brett Kennedy)

Royal Australian Navy Pilot Lieutenant Commander Nick Grimmer, RN, in an 808 Squadron MRH-90 Taipan Maritime Support Helicopter over the Grose Valley bushfire in the Blue Mountains National Park, NSW.

When Lieutenant Commander Nick Grimmer first came to the Royal Australian Navy’s 808 Squadron on a three-year exchange from the Royal Navy, he was more attuned to searching for submarines than searching for people cut-off from raging bushfires.

723 marks end of decade with busy and rewarding year

Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author)

Members of 723 Squadron pictured with families affected by cancer at a static aircraft display at Lake Crackenback Resort, NSW. (photo: )

Members of 723 Squadron pictured with families affected by cancer at a static aircraft display at Lake Crackenback Resort, NSW.

This was a busy year for 723 Squadron and the Joint Helicopter School, with the Squadron’s rate of effort increasing significantly throughout the year.

Proven service - 723 Squadron helicopters achieve 10,000 flying hours

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer), ABIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Executive Officer 723 Squadron Lieutenant Commander Gavin Johnston, RAN, left, with the unit's detachment flight during the 2019 NSW Bushfires at RAAF Base Williamtown. (photo: ABIS Shane Cameron)

Executive Officer 723 Squadron Lieutenant Commander Gavin Johnston, RAN, left, with the unit's detachment flight during the 2019 NSW Bushfires at RAAF Base Williamtown.

The Royal Australian Navy EC-135 helicopters of 723 Squadron recently logged 10,000 flying hours during normal operations in support of the New South Wales bushfires.

Rhiannon’s flying support to bushfire operations

Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Pilot Lieutenant Rhiannon Thompson on the flight line at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Newcastle, during the Australian Defence Force support to the firefighting efforts in New South Wales and Queensland. (photo: ABIS Leo Baumgartner)

Royal Australian Navy Pilot Lieutenant Rhiannon Thompson on the flight line at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Newcastle, during the Australian Defence Force support to the firefighting efforts in New South Wales and Queensland.

Royal Australian Navy pilot Lieutenant Rhiannon Thompson has come a long way from her school days at Perth Modern School to support firefighting efforts during the catastrophic bushfires across New South Wales in November.

Defence Industry supports Navy helicopters on bushfire operations

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

Boeing qualified flying instructors Mr Daniel Mearns, left, and Mr James Scott prepare to depart from Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Newcastle, to support the firefighting efforts in New South Wales. (photo: ABIS Leo Baumgartner)

Boeing qualified flying instructors Mr Daniel Mearns, left, and Mr James Scott prepare to depart from Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Newcastle, to support the firefighting efforts in New South Wales.

Defence Industry is working hand-in-hand with the Royal Australian Navy to support firefighting efforts throughout New South Wales during one of the most dangerous bushfire weeks the nation has ever seen. 

816 Squadron enhances RFS air attack capability

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), ABIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

A row of Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm aircraft on standby at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Newcastle, as part of the firefighting efforts in New South Wales. (photo: ABIS Leo Baumgartner)

A row of Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm aircraft on standby at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown, Newcastle, as part of the firefighting efforts in New South Wales.

The Royal Australian Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk helicopters’ superior Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance cameras and sensors have been working throughout the nights to support firefighting efforts across New South Wales.

Navy Boss Lift a hit

This article has photo gallery Published on by Mr Josh Williams (author), Ms Robin Hooper (photographer)

Navy Boss Lift members on HMAS Canberra's Flight Deck for day one of group activities in Jervis Bay, NSW. (photo: Ms Robin Hooper)

Navy Boss Lift members on HMAS Canberra's Flight Deck for day one of group activities in Jervis Bay, NSW.

Members of the Royal Australian Navy have showcased their maritime skills to civilian employers of Navy reservists from across Australia this week, as Exercise Navy Boss Lift 2019 got underway in Sydney.

New pilots prepare to take to the skies from sea and land

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill (photographer)

Five EC-135s conduct a flyover during the 723 Squadron - Joint Helicopter School Course 003 Graduation at HMAS Albatross, Nowra. (photo: ABIS Jarrod Mulvihill)

Five EC-135s conduct a flyover during the 723 Squadron - Joint Helicopter School Course 003 Graduation at HMAS Albatross, Nowra.

Set within Navy’s 723 Squadron at HMAS Albatross, the Joint Helicopter School was designed to provide the foundation skills needed by future pilots, aircrew and Aviation Warfare Officers to operate the highly sophisticated combat helicopters used by the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army.

The Green Ghost and Cobra 16 combine

Published on by LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LCDR Sidney Raper (photographer)

HMAS Hobart’s embarked MR-60R helicopter ‘COBRA 16’ during first-of-class flight trials off the east coast off Australia. (photo: LCDR Sidney Raper)

HMAS Hobart’s embarked MR-60R helicopter ‘COBRA 16’ during first-of-class flight trials off the east coast off Australia.

Two of Navy’s newest cutting-edge platforms have combined, with the air warfare destroyer HMAS Hobart embarking an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and standing up an aviation department for the first time for first-of-class flight trials.