On June 16, 2011 was announced Australia signed a Letter of Acceptance (a formal agreement with the US Navy) for the purchase of 24 MH-60R Seahawks with first expected deliveries by 2014. Australia is already a S-70B Seahawk user since 1989.
Lockheed-Martin completed first Australian cockpit in February 2013 and the first 2 aircraft were delivered on December.
In October 2014, the first MH-60R arrived to Australia after almost a year of training at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.
In September 2016, the 24th, and final, was delivered in a ceremony held at RANAS Nowra.
On October 14, 2021, an MH-60R from HMAS Brisbane (DDGH-41) ditched in the Philippine Sea. The 3-crew rescued with minor injuries.
In 2022, RAN orders additional 12 helicopters.
|Years||Units||bold : Current base of the Unit|
|2015/||816 Squadron|| Nowra |
|2013/||725 Squadron|| Nowra |