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  • australia 816 Squadron

    Fleet Air Arm (RAN)


    816 Naval Air Squadron

    1945 to present    






    Helicopters

    816 squadron australia

    816 Squadron
    Formed in Oct 1939 as a Royal Navy unit, it transferred to RAN control in Aug 1948 when it reformed at RNAS Eglinton with Fireflies as part of the 20th Carrier Air Group. Reformed 9 Feb 1984 at Nowra as a rotary wing unit with Wessex 31B, stripped of their anti-submarine equipment, in the Utility and Army Support role. Disbanded in Jun 1987. Reformed 23 Jul 1992 from the Seahawk Introduction and Transition Unit (SITU) with the Sikorsky S-70 Seahawk.
    First MH-60R joined 816 Sq on 4 Dec 2015 for the beginning of type transition; the first operational deployment followed in Jun 2016 aboard HMAS Perth. The first SH-60B was withdrawn in Aug 2012, while the end of SH-60B operations occurred on 29 Aug 2017, when HMAS Arunta Flt arrived back at Nowra from its Operation Manitou deployment.


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    News of 816 Squadron


    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

    MH-60R Seahawk Trials on HMAS Hobart, 22-Nov-17 : The Royal Australian Navy completed ‘Guided Missile Destroyer and MH-60R Seahawk Deck Handling Trial’ with new ship HMAS Hobart

    24th and Final MH-60R Seahawk to Australia, 28-Jul-16 : The 24th, and final, MH-60R Seahawk was delivery to the Royal Australian Navy. The Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program was started in June 2011 to replace the S-70B2



    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    1992/    NowraYSNW
    1984/87NowraYSNW



    Models

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    YearsModels
    2015/    MH-60R Seahawk
    1992/17S-70B-2 Seahawk
    1984/87Wessex




    Operations


    DatesOperation
    04-oct-1305-oct-13 International Fleet Review Sydney 2013
    24-jun-0528-jun-05UK Fleet Review: Trafalgar 200
    01-jan-90 Operation MANITOU
    04-oct-8605-oct-86 Fleet Review: 75th anniversary of RAN
    oct-52oct-52 Operation Hurricane


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