Sydneysiders say hello to Navy's newest maritime combat helicopter

Published on Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Topic(s): MH-60R Seahawk, 725 Squadron

Stock image: The Royal Australian Navy's latest helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk, flies past the Navy's latest ship, HMAS Canberra in Sydney, NSW. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)
Stock image: The Royal Australian Navy's latest helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk, flies past the Navy's latest ship, HMAS Canberra in Sydney, NSW.

The Royal Australian Navy’s newest maritime combat helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’, was introduced to the Australian public on 14 November with a spectacular flight over some of Sydney Harbour's most iconic sites. 

It was a welcome return home to Australia from the United States for members of 725 Squadron who have been training and working with the United States Navy.  The enviable task of piloting the Romeo on its introductory flight fell to Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Todd Glynn.

The opportunity to introduce the Navy's new maritime combat helicopter to the Australian people was one which the Romeo's crew -  Lieutenant Craig Castle, Leading Seaman - Aviation Liam Carruthers, and Lieutenant Commander Glynn, will not soon forget.

"Flying over the Harbour was absolutely breathtaking, but what made it extra special for me was the reception we got from Sydneysiders.  From those doing the bridge climb, to people making their way on the Manly ferry, everyone was waving and cheering," Lieutenant Commander Gynn said.

"The flight also gave the crew a chance to reflect on our time and how much we have missed Australia, in the same way a ship's company does when returning from a deployment," he said.

“The pace with which this capability has been delivered has only occurred because of committed and dedicated people across all agencies including Defence Materiel Organisation and Naval Aviation Systems Program Office and the day was also about thanking them as well.   

“The flight was a great way to introduce the aircraft and to celebrate our many achievements to date,” Lieutenant Commander Glynn said.

The Royal Australian Navy's newest maritime combat helicopter, the MH60R 'Romeo' Seahawk, flies over the Sydney Opera House during its inaugural Australian flight.

The Royal Australian Navy's newest maritime combat helicopter, the MH60R 'Romeo' Seahawk, flies over the Sydney Opera House during its inaugural Australian flight.

Additional imagery is available at: http://images.navy.gov.au/S20143495.