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Australia retires its last legacy Seahawk

The Royal Australian Navy has completed its transition to the Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin MH-60R maritime helicopter, having flown its last S-70B-2 Seahawk into retirement on 1 December.

Introduced to service in 1988, the Seahawk fleet has been replaced by an active inventory of 24 MH-60R anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare rotorcraft, delivered to Australia from October 2014. The new type is operated by 725 Sqn from Nowra, New South Wales, including examples embarked on several naval vessels.

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The navy's final S-70B2 – registered N24-003 – was flown to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, where it will be preserved. The departing model was used during operations in the Middle East from the 1990-1991 Gulf War onwards.

Meanwhile, the navy also has ended operations with its Airbus Helicopters H125/AS350 trainers, with the type having been replaced in use by the same manufacturer's H135 via the helicopter aircrew training services programme, delivered by Boeing Defence Australia.

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