Topic: 816 Squadron

Bravo, bravo to outgoing Seahawk

This article has photo gallery Published on by LCDR Helen Ward (author), CPL Craig Barrett (photographer)

Lieutenant Luke Mein from 816 Squadron in the cockpit of Seahawk S70B-2 which is on display at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon. (photo: CPL Craig Barrett)

Lieutenant Luke Mein from 816 Squadron in the cockpit of Seahawk S70B-2 which is on display at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon.

This year’s Avalon International Airshow marks a changing of the guard for the Royal Australian Navy’s helicopter fleet.

24th and final MH-60R Seahawk delivered to Royal Australian Navy

This article has photo gallery Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), POIS Kelvin Hockey (photographer)

The Sikorsky MH-60R 'Romeo' Seahawk helicopter '2-4', the 24th and final Romeo military helicopter to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy from Sikorsky Defence Systems and Services as part of AIR 9000 Phase 8. (photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey)

The Sikorsky MH-60R 'Romeo' Seahawk helicopter '2-4', the 24th and final Romeo military helicopter to be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy from Sikorsky Defence Systems and Services as part of AIR 9000 Phase 8.

The last of Navy’s 24 MH-60R maritime combat helicopters was accepted by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, in a ceremony at Lockheed-Martin’s Logistics and Maintenance Facility at Nowra’s Aviation Technology Park on Monday 12 September.

Remembering Operation DESERT STORM

Published on by LEUT John Cole (author)

Warrant Officer Fred Campbell with Mr Rick Meehan (Nowra RSL secretary, retired Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft, and organiser of the evening), and Lord Mayor of Shoalhaven city, Joanna Gash, at the 25th anniversary of the first Gulf War Commemorative Dinner at Nowra. (photo: unknown)

Warrant Officer Fred Campbell with Mr Rick Meehan (Nowra RSL secretary, retired Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Aircraft, and organiser of the evening), and Lord Mayor of Shoalhaven city, Joanna Gash, at the 25th anniversary of the first Gulf War Commemorative Dinner at Nowra.

Navy has continued to honour its heritage and the contribution of serving members, with a memorial dinner to mark the 25th anniversary of the start of the first Gulf War.


First Australian-made Romeo aircrew graduates

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Mark Flowerdew (author)

Advanced Pilot/Aviation Warfare Officer (AvWO) course graduates, from left: LEUT Chris Prescott, LCDR Eugene Cleary, LEUT Geoff Winter, Leading Seaman Aircrewman Stephen McGreal and Petty Officer  Aircrewman Colin McCallum. PO McCallum and LS McGreal also completed the Advanced Sensor Operator course. (photo: Unknown)

Advanced Pilot/Aviation Warfare Officer (AvWO) course graduates, from left: LEUT Chris Prescott, LCDR Eugene Cleary, LEUT Geoff Winter, Leading Seaman Aircrewman Stephen McGreal and Petty Officer Aircrewman Colin McCallum. PO McCallum and LS McGreal also completed the Advanced Sensor Operator course.

The Royal Australian Navy’s, MH-60R Seahawk helicopter capability continues to grow with the recent graduation of the first 'Australian-made' aircrew students.

RAAF Air Commander gets a taste of Navy aviation

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

Air Commander of the Royal Australian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Melvin Hupfeld DSC, front centre, with members of 816 Squadron and one of the Squadron's Seahawk helicopters. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)

Air Commander of the Royal Australian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Melvin Hupfeld DSC, front centre, with members of 816 Squadron and one of the Squadron's Seahawk helicopters.

Visits to 816 and 723 Squadrons, a flight in a Squirrel helicopter, simulator experience in flying a Seahawk and an anti-submarine warfare demonstration were all part of the busy itinerary that Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, recently put together for Air Vice Marshal Mel Hupfeld.

Navy squadron helps out Shoalhaven charity

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Alan Lancaster (photographer)

Members from 816 Squadron and Staff from Noah's Ark, Nowra. (photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster)

Members from 816 Squadron and Staff from Noah's Ark, Nowra.

816 Squadron personnel are more often seen behind the controls of a Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter than a whipper snipper, but the crew took up not only snippers but secateurs, rakes and high pressure hoses with enthusiasm when they signed up for a clean up day at their adopted charity Noah’s Shoalhaven.

816 Squadron Seahawk engages race fans at Grand Prix

Published on by USN LT Chris Plappert (author and photographer)

Spectators at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne take a close look at the Navy S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter. (photo: LT Chris Plappert (USN))

Spectators at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne take a close look at the Navy S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter.

816 Squadron aircrew and maintainers landed in the action zone at Albert Park Raceway last Sunday, to show off the Navy’s S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter.

Seahawks hitch a ride with Air Force for anti-submarine exercise

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), Jessica Long (photographer)

S-70B-2 Seahawk is loaded onto a RAAF C-17A Globemaster III for transportation to Western Australia for a joint maritime training exercise. (photo: Jessica Long)

S-70B-2 Seahawk is loaded onto a RAAF C-17A Globemaster III for transportation to Western Australia for a joint maritime training exercise.

The airfield at HMAS Albatross was abuzz with activity late last week when three Seahawk helicopters and 84 personnel from 816 Squadron left for Western Australia to participate in TAMEX, a joint maritime training exercise in anti-submarine warfare.

816 Squadron confirms attendance at Australian Grand Prix

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Paul McCallum (photographer)

File image: Ford Performance Racing cars with the support of an S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter from 816 Squadron at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 round of the 2013 V8 Supercar Championship at Sandown Raceway. (photo: LSIS Paul McCallum)

File image: Ford Performance Racing cars with the support of an S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter from 816 Squadron at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 round of the 2013 V8 Supercar Championship at Sandown Raceway.

The 2014 Australian Grand Prix is described as a place where power and glory come together so what better place to suit the highly capable Royal Australian Navy Seahawk helicopter than in Melbourne from 14–16 March this year.

Aviators recount Tasman rescue

Published on by Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), Mr Rob Crawford (author)

The crew of Tiger 74, from left to right, LEUT Rhodes, PO McCallum, LCDR O'Toole and LS Woolard pose for a photo. (photo: Mr Robert Crawford)

The crew of Tiger 74, from left to right, LEUT Rhodes, PO McCallum, LCDR O'Toole and LS Woolard pose for a photo.

September 29 2013 began as a routine day for Aircrewman LS Woolard, Pilot LCDR David O’Toole, Aviation Warfare Officer LEUT Phillip Rhodes and Aircrewman Instructor PO Colin McCallum of 816 Squadron, but it soon developed into one of high drama the crew may never forget.