Warrant Officer of the Navy stops in on NUSQN 725

Published on CPOATV Phil Copley (author), Mr Clark Pierce (photographer)

Location(s): NAS Jacksonville, Florida

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

(L-R) LS Benjamin Elliott, WO-N Martin Holzberger, LSA Eammon O'Brien and LS Tyron Garrett talk about anti-submarine warfare improvements in the MH-60R helicopter. (photo: Mr Clark Pierce)
(L-R) LS Benjamin Elliott, WO-N Martin Holzberger, LSA Eammon O'Brien and LS Tyron Garrett talk about anti-submarine warfare improvements in the MH-60R helicopter.

Warrant Officer of the Navy (WO-N), WO Martin Holzberger has visited NUSQN 725 in Jacksonville, Florida to view the progress of MH-60R training and hear how the officers and sailors have integrated into the US Navy training system.

His visit also coincided with the 120th Chief Petty Officers’ Khaki Ball held at NAS Jacksonville Chiefs Mess, and provided an opportunity to meet with his US Navy counterpart.

During his Jacksonville visit, WO-N Holzberger toured the training facilities at the Centre for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU), observing NUSQN 725 sailors undergoing technical training in the US Navy’s state of the art Avionics Maintenance Trainer. This synthetic training device simulates all the MH-60R Romeo Seahawk’s mission systems and enables the instructor to provide fault and diagnostic training to ensure the team is Romeo ready.

Only a short walk down the passageway, WO-N witnessed newly qualified Airframe Technicians undergoing On-Job Training on the Composite Maintenance Trainer.

WO-N brought NUSQN 725 up to date on current issues affecting the fleet and its personnel before getting up close to one of the US Navy’s Romeo.

The close relationship between the two Navies was reaffirmed when WO-N Holzberger and NUSQN 725 Chief Petty Officers represented the RAN at the 120th Khaki Ball. The Ball is the culmination of a six week transition from First Class sailor to Chief Petty Officer for selected US Navy candidates. This prestigious event, attended by the United States Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Mike Stevens, afforded a unique opportunity for Royal Australian Navy senior sailors serving at NAS Jacksonville to experience the traditions of our close ally.

NUSQN 725 is currently training with the US Navy in preparation for the arrival of the first two MH-60R Romeo Seahawks in December 2013.