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09:33 AM, October 17, 2014
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The Australian Navy’s first of 24 MH-60R seahawk ‘Romeo’ combat helicopter arrived at Her Majesty Australian Ship (HMAS) Albatross, Nowra, earlier this week, local media reported.

The first Romeo and a non-flying MH-60R ‘Bromeo’ maintenance training aid airframe, which will be used to train aircrew and maintainers, were transported aboard a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster from NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where they had been operated by NUSQN 725.

The first Romeo is expected to be back in the air by November. It will be fitted with flight test instrumentation to commence first-of-type flight trials with the navy’s Anzac class frigates.

NUSQN 725 has been operating the Romeo from Jacksonville since January. All five of its Romeos and 122 personnel are expected to be back in Nowra by Christmas.

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