Topic: 808 Squadron
Multi-role helicopter support to the Royal Australian Navy Fleet has been enhanced by trials recently completed off the east coast of Australia.
Brisbane Airport played host to the inaugural Aviation Careers Day for Young Women, showcasing an exciting array of career options and industry disciplines to 80 female high school students from over 20 schools in the greater Brisbane area.
Members of the public got a ‘backstage’ pass to amphibious giant, HMAS Canberra as part of the New South Wales Kids in Need fundraising event, the World’s Largest Open House recently.
The aircraft, capabilities and people of the Fleet Air Arm were in full flight before a 30,000 strong crowd at Illawarra Regional Airport near Wollongong, New South Wales for Wings Over Illawarra on 6-7 May.
A visit to Hobart by an Australian warship was enough to bring a former Tasmanian lobster fisherman to tears - reflecting on the service of his two sons in the Royal Australian Navy.
The first Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) by an Australian MRH-90 helicopter to a United States Navy warship has been carried out off the coast of Hawaii.
Navy's home to the MRH-90 helicopter, 808 Squadron, assembled for the traditional rowing ashore of the outgoing Commanding Officer as Commander Adrian Capner handed over the “trident of power” to Commander Michael Waddell recently.
Since 1968, the prestigious McNicoll Trophy has been awarded annually to the Royal Australian Navy helicopter squadron which has excelled in all aspects of aviation operations, safety, reliability and unit level training.
On 11 July 2013 808 Squadron and the MRH-90 ‘Taipan’ Multi-Role Helicopter were inducted into the Navy’s Fleet Air Arm with the words: “The commissioning of 808 Squadron is a significant milestone for the Navy as we formally welcome into service a new generation maritime support helicopter that not only replaces the retired Sea Kings, but delivers new capabilities and a capacity to meet emerging requirements in the future.”