Topic: 808 Squadron

The familial ties that bind

Published on by LEUT Adam Grover (author)

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Daniel MacQueen is reunited with his father Denis MacQueen, on HMAS Choules alongside Hobart. (photo: Unknown)

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Daniel MacQueen is reunited with his father Denis MacQueen, on HMAS Choules alongside Hobart.

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.

MRH-90 carries her share of the load

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Ragless (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Amphibious assault ship USS America provides an impressive backdrop as HMAS Canberra's embarked MRH-90 helicopter prepares to lift a load off the deck of underway replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Amphibious assault ship USS America provides an impressive backdrop as HMAS Canberra's embarked MRH-90 helicopter prepares to lift a load off the deck of underway replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock.

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.

A new phase awaits for 808

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), LSIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

(L-R) Commanding Officer 808 Squadron, Commander Adrian Capner (left) hands the weight of command to Commander Michael Waddell, during the handover ceremony held in the hanger of 808 Squadron, HMAS Albatross.  (photo: LSIS Sarah Williams)

(L-R) Commanding Officer 808 Squadron, Commander Adrian Capner (left) hands the weight of command to Commander Michael Waddell, during the handover ceremony held in the hanger of 808 Squadron, HMAS Albatross.

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.

Squadron flies high

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

(Front L-R) Commander Australian Fleet (COMAUSFLT), Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN, presents the McNicholl trophy, to 808 Squadron which is accepted by the Commanding Officer, Commander Adrian Capner, RAN. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

(Front L-R) Commander Australian Fleet (COMAUSFLT), Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN, presents the McNicholl trophy, to 808 Squadron which is accepted by the Commanding Officer, Commander Adrian Capner, RAN.

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.

808 first birthday

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Commanding Officer 808 Squadron Commander Adrian Capner and the youngest member of the Squadron, Able Seaman Bradley Hickey, cut the 808 Squadron's first birthday cake during the squadron's birthday celebrations. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

Commanding Officer 808 Squadron Commander Adrian Capner and the youngest member of the Squadron, Able Seaman Bradley Hickey, cut the 808 Squadron's first birthday cake during the squadron's birthday celebrations.

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.”

Navy’s royal birds in flight

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge before the departure from Victoria Barracks, Sydney, in a MRH90 helicopter to visit the 2013 bushfire affected residents in the town of Winmalee in the Blue Mountains. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge before the departure from Victoria Barracks, Sydney, in a MRH90 helicopter to visit the 2013 bushfire affected residents in the town of Winmalee in the Blue Mountains.

Aircrew from the Royal Australian Navy’s 808 Squadron had the privilege of transporting royalty today, when they flew the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from Sydney to the Blue Mountains in a Navy MRH-90 helicopter.

Taipans free to enter Goolwa

Published on by LCDR Dom Cooper (author), CPL David Gibbs (photographer)

The Governor of South Australia, His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, AC CS RANR (right) inspects 808 Squadron along with the mayor of Alexandrina Kym McHugh (in suit) and guard commander LEUT Colin McLeod (left). (photo: CPL David Gibbs)

The Governor of South Australia, His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, AC CS RANR (right) inspects 808 Squadron along with the mayor of Alexandrina Kym McHugh (in suit) and guard commander LEUT Colin McLeod (left).

Fifty-four members of 808 Squadron exercised their right to freedom of entry to Goolwa, South Australia over the weekend, carrying on a 26 year association of the Fleet Air Arm with the town.

Navy commissions 808 Squadron

Published on by LEUT Andrew Herring (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

808 Squadron members parade in front of MRH90 Taipan Multi-Role Helicopters, during the commissioning held at HMAS Albatross. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

808 Squadron members parade in front of MRH90 Taipan Multi-Role Helicopters, during the commissioning held at HMAS Albatross.

The Navy’s newest Squadron - 808 - was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Air Arm on 11 July, in a traditional ceremony at HMAS Albatross.

Australian Navy leading the world with MRH-90 helicopter introduction at sea

Published on by LEUT Andrew Herring (author)

Australian MRH-90 Taipan helicopters operating at sea. (photo: Unknown)

Australian MRH-90 Taipan helicopters operating at sea.

The Royal Australian Navy is leading the world in bringing the new MRH-90 ‘Taipan’ Multi-Role Helicopter into service at sea.

Being ‘tip of the sword’ a family tradition for 808 Squadron XO

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Andrew Herring (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Executive Officer 808 Squadron Lieutenant Commander Dom Cooper RAN, holds the ceremonial sword used for the commissioning of 808 Squadron. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)

Executive Officer 808 Squadron Lieutenant Commander Dom Cooper RAN, holds the ceremonial sword used for the commissioning of 808 Squadron.

When 808 Squadron Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Dom Cooper drew his ceremonial sword and took his place as Parade Commander for the commissioning of Navy’s newest squadron at HMAS Albatross this morning, he carried on a family tradition dating back more than a century.