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  • australia Nowra

    Nowra, New South Wales


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    1.4042 FAAM, Nowra, New South Wales
    9.7029YXNW Shoalhaven Hospital, New South Wales
    26.4148YJBY Jervis Bay, New South Wales
    48.3027 Albion Park, New South Wales
    48.4027YWOL Wollongong, New South Wales
    64.8029YWHP Wollongong City Heliport, New South Wales

    1940 to present

    34° 56' 44.15'' S - 150° 32' 38.75'' E
    5nm NW of Jervis Bay, New South Wales
    Elevation: 400 feet

    History of this Location

    The site (176 km s of Sydney) was selected in 1938 to provide an advanced air defence base and a civil airfield for the surrounding area. Built and largely opened in 1940, the base was taken over by the Australian Department for Air in Jan 1941. By Sep 1941 it had been further upgraded as a result of international tension in the Pacific and it was commissioned as RAAF Nowra in May 1942. A war programme of improvement to the buildings was commenced and in May 1942, the UK Fleet Air Arm began flying from here to support its maritime operations in the south west Pacific, leaving in Mar 1946, when the base was returned to RAAF Control. A post-war decision was made in 1947 to form the RAN Fleet Air Arm and to retain the base as a headquarters and operations establishment. On 31 Aug 1948, it commissioned as RANAS Nowra ( HMAS Albatross ).
    Following the building of the control tower in 1950, significant development has occurred here over the years. As well as a significant RAN presence, the base is home to a small RAAF contingent, the Australian Army Parachute Training School (from 1986), an RNZAF unit and the joint ANZAC Squadron. The base is situated within easy reach of the Fleet exercise area off Jervis Bay and its associated ranges.  The base is also home to Australia's Museum of Flight.

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    Nowra News

    Royal Australian Navy Extends Drone Contract, 27-Jul-21 : #drones Royal Australian Navy (RAN) signed 3-year renewal contract for Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 capability. RAN 822 Squadron using this drone since 2018

    All-Female Crew for Australian Seahawk, 25-Jan-21 : #women An all-female flight crew for a MH-60R Seahawk helicopter In an Australian first

    DASA Training Certification for Sikorsky Australia, 12-Nov-20 : #MTO Sikorsky Australia approved as an Aircraft Maintenance Training Organisation (MTO) by the Defence Aviation Safety Authority (DASA)

    Heavy Fuel Engine for Australian Camcopter Drone, 09-Mar-20 : #drones New Schiebel-designed heavy fuel S2 engine for its Camcopter S-100 drone completed acceptance tests for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sea 129 Phase 5 Programme

    Australia’ Helicopter Training System Achieved IOC, 16-May-19 : #HATS Australia’s military Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) provided by Boeing and Thales achieved initial operating capability (IOC) for future helicopter pilots, aircrew and aviation warfare officers

    01-Nov-18 - Royal Australian Navy New Helicopter Simulator #Pilots
    31-Oct-18 - RAN 822X Squadron Commissioned with Drones #822Squadron
    01-Dec-17 - Royal Australian Navy Retires S-70B-2 and AS350
    04-Jul-17 - HATS Training Simulator at Nowra #HATS
    07-May-17 - CHC AW139 for Royal Australian Navy’ Nowra SAR
    12-Sep-16 - Final Australian MH-60R Seahawk in Nowra
    25-May-16 - Australian Navy Trained MH-60R Crews Graduate
    13-Oct-15 - First Australian MH-60R Aircrew Graduates
    07-Jul-15 - MH-60R Maintenance and Rear-Crew Trainers for Australia
    16-Jun-15 - UAS S-100 Demonstration to Royal Australian Navy
    11-Jun-15 - Royal Australian Navy Commissions Romeo Squadron
    01-Apr-15 - Royal Australian Navy MH-60R Simulators Ready
    10-Dec-14 - Turbomeca to Support the Australian Trainer EC135T2
    17-Nov-14 - EC135T2+ is New Australian Training System
    01-Apr-14 - Australian Sea Kings shipped to UK


    01-jun-19Australian Bushfires 2019-2020

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