The third and fourth Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin MH-60R “Romeo” Seahawk helicopters for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) went airborne for the first time on 25 February 2014 at the Lockheed Martin facility in Owego, New York. Marked clearly as No. 3 and No. 4 the pair will join the RAN’s first two helicopters already training at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida.
Royal Australian Navy MH-60R No. 1 and No. 2 started flying from Jacksonville exactly a month earlier, after being accepted in December 2013 by representatives of the Government of Australia. “It’s the first time we pack a punch on our naval assets using the Hellfire missile that we’ve never had before,” says RAN Commander David Frost of NUSQN 725 which is the Australian temporary MH-60R squadron at Jacksonville. “It’s an aircraft that’s jam-packed with sensors the likes of which we’ve never seen and the US Navy are still coming to grips with. It’s an incredible aircraft.”
The entire fleet of 24 aircraft will be delivered to the RAN by 2017. When the first Romeos will arrive at the continent Down Under is yet unclear.
Source: Lockheed Martin
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