Dedication to family and community drives Navy’s volunteer firefighters

January 10, 2020 – The desire to set a good example for his children has been the driving force behind one Navy officer’s firefighting efforts during the current national bushfire crisis. Lieutenant Matt Urquhart, an Aviation Warfare Instructor with 723 Squadron based at HMAS Albatross, has joined many of his Navy colleagues in giving up family time over the Christmas…

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Helicopter aircrew training system

April 1, 2019 – The Australian Defence Force’s Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) has successfully achieved Initial Operating Capability. Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said the training system was designed to prepare Navy and Army aircrew for transition into Defence’s complex combat helicopters. “Following successful testing of the individual aircrew training courses throughout 2018, Chief of Navy…

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MV Sycamore supporting HATS with embarked aviation operations

It was a week of “firsts” when instructors from HMAS Albatross’s 723 Squadron (Joint Helicopter School) commenced training with the Royal Australian Navy’s new-generation Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel (MATV), MV Sycamore. It was the first time RAN conducted deck landings in the EC-135 helicopter and also the first time MV Sycamore conducted deck landing training. “More than forty deck landings…

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