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 The first SH-60B was withdrawn in Aug 2012, while the end of SH-60B operations occurred on 29 Aug 2017, when HMAS Arunta Flt arrived back at Nowra from its Operation Manitou deployment.
News of 816 Squadron
HMAS Ballarat in Talisman Sabre 2021, 03-Aug-21 : #TS21 Royal Australian Navy Anzac-class frigate HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) took part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021 carrying a 816 Squadron MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and a 822X Squadron Camcopter drone
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
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