Tigers roam over Scotland

Navy’s ability to track and hunt submarines is being put to the test in a high-end warfare exercise off the coast of Scotland. Exercise JOINT WARRIOR 2018 has seen 816 Squadron join one of the world’s largest and most challenging exercises in anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The exercise is a NATO-run anti-submarine warfare activity, involving eleven nations. Three submarines, two conventional and one nuclear, are the main focus, along with more than thirty surface assets and multiple ASW helicopters and Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Commanding Officer 816 Squadron, Commander Anthony Savage said…

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US Approves MH-60R Sale to Mexico

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters for an estimated cost of $1.20 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 18, 2018. The Government of Mexico has requested to buy eight (8) MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters, equipped with: twenty (20) T-700 GE 401 C engines (16 installed and 4 spares); sixteen (16) APS-153(V) Multi-Mode radars (8 installed, 8 spares); ten (10) Airborne Low Frequency Systems (ALFS) (8 installed…

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Fleet Air Arm gains ‘Advanced Precision’

MH-60R instructors from Training Authority Aviation (TA-AVN) were sent back to school recently in order to learn the nuances of the latest weapon for the MH-60R Seahawk Romeo helicopters; the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS). APKWS is currently in service with the United States Navy and consists of a digital rocket launcher capable of firing up to 19 laser-guided rockets with high explosive warheads. TA-AVN instructors were schooled by a team of training specialists from the US Navy over two separate periods. The first session was focused on fitting…

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Birdies soar to new heights in Florida

Two Royal Australian Navy Officers have received promotions in rank while on overseas posting to Naval Air Station Mayport in Florida. Aviation Warfare Officers Michael Grant and Grant Rushford are currently posted to United States Navy Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 40 and were both promoted to the rank of Lieutenant at a ceremony in Florida. Commander Colin Brightling of the Australian Embassy was joined by Commanding Officer, United States Navy Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 40 Commander Richard Whitfield to promote the two officers and present them with their new rank…

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816 Squadron Transports Commonwealth Games Baton

A MH-60R Romeo helicopter from 816 Squadron is about to play its part in the Australian leg of the Commonwealth Games baton relay. For the Kiama to Shoalhaven leg, Navy personnel will use two forms of transport and take responsibity for delivering the baton to its next bearer. The 3,800 Australian baton bearers will travel by foot, train, bicycle, horse, tram, dragon boat and, in Navy’s case, helicopter and Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat. Commanding Officer of 816 Squadron, Commander Anthony Savage, Lieutenant Jordan Taylor, and Petty Officer Nicholas Lowe are the…

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Romeo added to destroyer arsenal

It was a marriage made in…Fleet Base East recently, when Navy’s most sophisticated helicopter partnered with Navy’s most potent and capable warship. The ‘Guided Missile Destroyer and MH-60R Seahawk Deck Handling Trial’ took place on 7 November at the Oiler Wharf, Garden Island, Sydney. At the center of the union was Navy’s Aircraft Maintenance And Flight Trials Unit. Aero-systems testing officer, Lieutenant Chris Prescott said the trial was history in the making. “The partnering of the MH-60R Seahawk and destroyer brings about an unprecedented level of capability for the Royal…

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Secretary of the Navy Visits Lockheed Martin Owego Facility

Secretary of the Navy, The Honorable Richard V. Spencer, visited with more than 400 employees while touring the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky MH-60R “Romeo” operations on Sept. 29. “It’s a privilege for me to be standing in front of you all because you deliver an amazing ingredient to America’s freedom,” Secretary Spencer said in his address to employees. “You all are making the products that let us deliver the fight.” Spencer visited to view first-hand the advanced technology and innovation that experts consider the most capable and mature Anti-Submarine (ASW)/Anti-Surface Warfare…

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Aussie Romeo flies through 10,000

Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk Romeo helicopters have passed the fleet milestone of 10,000 flying hours since the maturing capability began in December 2013 with 725 Squadron operating from Naval Air Station Jacksonville in the USA. Commodore Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Chris Smallhorn said the achievement was significant. “The fact that our Navy has achieved it in less than four years since commencing flying the type, while continuously accepting new aircraft, standing up new flights and progressing through the various transitions is a testament to the talent and professionalism of all involved…

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Australia – Upgrade Program for MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for an upgrade program for MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters. The estimated cost is $360 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 30, 2017. The Government of Australia has requested a follow-on case for a possible ten-year upgrade program for twenty-four (24) MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters and associated training devices, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, engineering and technical services, U.S. Government and contractor engineering,…

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Crew safely recovered after helicopter crash near Guam

April 26, 2017 – The entire crew, including two pilots and one aircrewman, were safely recovered by USS Dewey (DDG 105) after their MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter crashed in waters near Guam, April 27 (local). The incident occurred as the MH-60R helicopter assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78, currently embarked aboard Dewey, was conducting routine flight operations. The incident is currently under investigation. The crew is being assessed by the medical team on board Dewey and there are no apparent injuries at this time. Dewey and embarked HSM-78,…

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