Thursday, July 4, 2013

Romeo Must Fly: Australia's first MH-60R Seahawk takes to the air

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The first of 24 Royal Australian Navy Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters flew for the first time at Sikorsky’s Production Facility in Connecticut on 26 June 2013. The acquisition of 24 MH-60Rs allows the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) to provide at least eight helicopters embarked at any one time with Australia’s Anzac Class frigates and the new Hobart Class air warfare destroyers, with the remainder based at HMAS Albatross in Nowra. The "Romeos" will replace 16 older S-70B-2 Seahawks currently operated by the RAN.

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