The Royal Australian Navy’s latest aviation acquisition has been on display at a recent airshow in Florida.
Naval Air Station Jacksonville and the St Johns River provided the perfect backdrop to a display of aviation capabilities, both new and old. The airshow was attended by 297,000 visitors over two days, with an incredible array of naval aviation on display.
Commanding Officer of the Royal Australian Navy’s NUSQN 725, Commander David Frost said it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the Navy’s newest submarine-hunter.
It was also a chance to thank the local community here in Jacksonville who have so warmly accepted us into their great city over the last two years.
War birds from eras long-passed were parked beside the latest generation aircraft whilst non-stop flying demonstrations kept everyone enthralled. However the crowd were all waiting for the Blue Angels noting they were formed at air station in 1946.
Not to be outdone, NUSQN 725 personnel were certainly a draw card in the static display aircraft, proudly flying the flag and taking full advantage to engage visitors.
Lieutenant Callum Newton said:
There was an enormous amount of interest from the general public about Australia’s participation in the airshow and the role of the Royal Australian Navy in Jacksonville.
In another public engagement opportunity, NUSQN 725 flew to the Sikorsky factory at Troy, Alabama, where the MH-60R airframes are constructed. The visit coincided with a family day and the arrival of aircraft 902 proved to be a highlight for the locals.
For many Sikorsky employees, this was the first opportunity to see an airframe that they built in a fully operational state.
NUSQN 725 operations have now commenced from HMAS Albatross in Nowra. The squadron will have ceased all operations at Jacksonville by Christmas; however the fond memories of southern hospitality will remain with them for ever.
Press release, Image: Australian Navy