South Korean Navy Retires Last Alouette-III Helicopters

December 16, 2019 (Google Translation) – Wrapping up 43 years of service, the last batch of the South Korean Navy’s first anti-submarine Alouette-III helicopters were retired today, officials said. The three choppers made a farewell flight during a ceremony held at the southwestern port city of Mokpo to mark their retirement, according to the Navy. South Korea first received Alouette-III…

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HAL Delivers Chetak Helicopter to Indian Navy Ahead of Schedule

July 24, 2019 – HAL delivered a Chetak helicopter ahead of schedule to Indian Navy. The documents were handed over by Mr S. Anbuvelan, General Manager of Helicopter Division-HAL to Commodore Vikram Menon, VSM, CSO(Air), HQNA in an event held at HAL facilities here, today. HAL entered into a contract with the Indian Navy in August 2017 for supply of…

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Navy’s AW-159 chopper crew to undergo intensive training

June 20, 2019 – Naval Air Group personnel tasked to man the two state-of-the-art AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) AW-159 “Wildcat” helicopters, will undergo extensive training on the proper handling of the Philippine Navy’s (PN) first bonafide anti-submarine warfare (ASW) platforms. “The two AW-159s are purposely built for anti-submarine warfare. Being the latest and most advanced ASW capable platform of the PN,…

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Kaman Awarded Contract to Reactivate USMC K-MAX® Helicopters

May 1, 2019– Kaman Aerospace, the Aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation, today announced that it has been awarded a contract to return two United States Marine Corps (USMC) K-MAX® aircraft to flight operations. Kaman Aerospace will transport the two helicopters from Yuma, Arizona, where they are currently located, to Bloomfield, Connecticut, where they will be reactivated to flight-ready status. The…

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725 in the spotlight as Fleet Air Arm meets the Press

March 23, 2019 – The Fleet Air Arm’s 725 Squadron recently welcomed a group of specialist defence and aerospace media for a behind-the-scenes look at Navy’s newest and most potent naval combat helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’. Most of the journalists were making their way south to Avalon in Victoria to attend the 2019 Australian International Air Show, making the…

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The Long Blue Line: Lt. Cmdr. Frank Erickson – Coast Guard pioneer of helicopter flight

By Beth L. Crumley U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Historian Just over 75 years ago, Lt. Cmdr. Frank A. Erickson flew the first helicopter rescue mission in history, ushering in a new era in search and rescue techniques. Born in Portland, Oregon, Erickson served in the Navy before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard. He received an appointment to the Coast…

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Brazilian Navy orders three multi-role H135s from Airbus

February 21, 2019 – The Brazilian Navy has ordered three H135 light twin engine helicopters to be operated by the 1st General Purpose Helicopter Squadron (HU-1). The aircraft will be dedicated to a wide range of missions such as special operations, transport of troops and freight, naval inspection, search and rescue and medical evacuation. Two of these aircraft will be…

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Russian Black Sea Fleet Marks 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation

September 8, 2018 (Google Translation) – In the village of Mirny on the Crimean peninsula, a solemn opening of the park of naval aviators of the Black Sea Fleet (PF) took place, in which a Ka-27 helicopter monument was erected. The event was attended by servicemen of a separate mixed aviation regiment of the Black Sea Fleet, representatives of the…

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Joint helicopter school starts training at HMAS Albatross

The Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army have joined forces with industry to train rotary wing crews at a new joint helicopter school as part of the Helicopter Aircrew Training System. The first intake of 37 future pilots, aircrew and Aviation Warfare Officers commenced the 26-week training course this week at a new dedicated facility at HMAS Albatross. Commander Fleet…

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