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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

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

Royal Australian Navy New Helicopter Simulator, 01-Nov-18 : #Pilots Royal Australian Navy took possession of three Ryan Aerospace HELIMOD Mark III virtual reality helicopter simulators at Nowra

RAN 822X Squadron Commissioned with Drones, 31-Oct-18 : #822Squadron Royal Australian Navy (RAN) transitioned the Naval Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit (NUASU) to 822X Squadron at Nowra to operate the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Royal Australian Navy Retires S-70B-2 and AS350, 01-Dec-17 : The Royal Australian Navy formally retired the S-70B-2 Seahawk and AS350BA Squirrel from 723 and 816 Squadrons during a ceremony at Nowra

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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