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 The first SH-60B was withdrawn in Aug 2012, while the end of SH-60B operations occurred on 29 Aug 2017, when HMAS Arunta Flt arrived back at Nowra from its Operation Manitou deployment.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
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
|04-oct-13||05-oct-13||International Fleet Review Sydney 2013|
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|04-oct-86||05-oct-86||Fleet Review: 75th anniversary of RAN|