Australian Navy Commissions Romeo Squadron

The MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ became part of 725 Squadron in a ceremony at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, New South Wales, on 11 June.

Australian Minister for Defence, the Hon Kevin Andrews said the introduction of the Romeo helicopter marked a significant enhancement of the strength of the Fleet Air Arm.

The Squadron has its origins in the Royal Navy, where it was formed in 1943 before being disbanded in 1945. It was first formed as a Royal Australian Navy Air Squadron in 1958, and apart from a brief period in 1961/62, served continuously until its last decommissioning in 1975.

$3.2 billion dollars have been invested in procuring 24 Seahawk Romeo helicopters for Navy. Eleven aircraft have been accepted into service to date, with the delivery running on budget and ahead of schedule.

Image: Australian Navy

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