Royal Australian Navy Retiring Bell 429 Helicopters

February 28, 2019 – The last Royal Australian Navy Bell 429 helicopter is making its final public appearance at the Australian International Airshow 2019 at Avalon, Victoria, this week. Originally commissioned into service in 2012, Navy’s 723 Squadron operated the Bell 429s to maintain and develop the skills of junior helicopter aircrew. “We trained junior aircrew in the Bell 429 to improve and maintain their skills,” said Pilot Training instructor Lieutenant Cliff Gaudie. “The Bells were great little helicopters that enabled young naval Pilots and aircrew the chance to hone…

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Airbus to have major presence at Australia’s Avalon 2019

February 19, 2019 – Airbus will be one of the largest exhibitors at Avalon 2019 with a presence covering its entire range of products and services, including commercial and military aircraft, helicopters, and unmanned and space applications. The air show will be held at the Avalon Airport in Geelong, Victoria, from 26th February to 3rd March. At the exhibition hall, the Airbus stand (#1M16 in Hall 1) will feature scale models of the new A350-1000 long-range airliner, the H145M twin-engine helicopter, the C295 maritime patrol aircraft, and the new-generation Eurostar…

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RFS Severomorsk Visits Victoria, Seychelles

October 29, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today, the crew of the large anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet “Severomorsk”, performing the tasks of a long voyage in the Indian Ocean, arrived in the port of Victoria of the Seychelles. This is already the second business trip of the North Sea to the Seychelles during this campaign, the previous one was in early October. In the current business visit, the crew of the Severomorsk BOD will replenish stocks of fuel, food and fresh water. Also planned are the descents of sailors,…

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RFS Severomorsk Visits the Seychelles

October 5, 2018 – Today, the large anti-submarine ship of the Northern Fleet Severomorsk, performing the long-distance mission in the Indian Ocean, arrived in the port of Victoria of the Republic of Seychelles. The visit will last several days. Russian seamen will replenish food supplies and fresh water, and tour the sights of Victoria. During the stay of the ship in the port, representatives of the Russian embassy and residents of Seychelles will visit the ship. It is not the first time as the ASW ship crew visits the port…

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ITS Federico Martinengo Completes Visit to Seychelles

October 2, 2018 (Google Translation) – After the stop in Port Victoria (Seychelles) of Federico Martinengo of the Navy, inserted in the anti-piracy device of the Op. Atalanta. During the break the ship commander Martinengo , the frigate captain Andrea Quondamatteo , met the top of the security forces of the archipelago to confirm the desire of the European Naval force, EUNAVFOR , to cooperate with the local forces, as the Seychelles a regional partner of main interest in the area of ​​operations. This also in light of the launch…

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City celebrates HMAS Ararat visit

The crew of HMAS Ararat celebrated 75 years of association with its city namesake by exercising its right to Freedom of Entry to Ararat, Victoria recently. It was the first time the city had granted Freedom of Entry to Ararat (II) and despite a cold and cloudy day the locals turned out in their hundreds to give a warm welcome to the Darwin-based crew. Commanding Officer Ararat (II), Lieutenant Commander Fiona Simmonds, said the officers and sailors were honoured to be part of the vessel’s history and proud to tell…

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