Retirement ceremony for S-70B-2 Seahawk and AS350BA Squirrel

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Retirement ceremony for S-70B-2 Seahawk and AS350BA Squirrel (1.33 mins)

On Friday 1 December, 2017, HMAS Albatross conducted ceremonial divisions. Divisions were hosted by Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN, and reviewed by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN. The occasion marked the withdrawal from Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Service of the S-70B-2 Seahawk (Bravo) and the AS350BA Squirrel helicopters. Having served all three services of the ADF the Squirrel has accrued more than 179,000 flying hours in its 33 years of service. In the case of Navy the Squirrel has served in both peace and on war and war-like operation becoming affectionately known as the ‘Battle Budgie’. The Seahawk has given the RAN more than 29 years of service accruing in excess of 88,000 flight hours. The ‘Bravo’ of 816 Squadron has been on continuous operational service since 1990; at total of 27 years and 54 rotations to the Middle East Region.

Publish Date 04 Dec 2017
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