Final Australian MH-60R SEAHAWK Helicopter delivered to RAN
NOWRA, AUSTRALIA. Lockheed Martin, together with the US Navy, ceremonially delivered the 24th, and final, MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) September 12. The handover occurred during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lockheed Martin’s purposebuilt logistics and maintenance facility in Nowra which will house and maintain the new fleet.
The Commonwealth of Australia chose the MH-60R “Romeo” SEAHAWK helicopter in June 2011 to fulfill the Australian Defence Force’s requirement for a fleet of 24 new-generation, multirole naval combat aircraft. The programme has run on time and on budget with all 24 MH-60 Romeos now delivered to the Royal Australian Navy - a feat which saw the programme win Australia’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group “Project of the Year” award in 2015. The new MH-60R helicopters are currently replacing the RAN’s existing fleet of S-70B-2 SEAHAWK helicopters.
Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky support the RAN fleet through the Maritime Helicopter Support Company (MHSCo), which provides Through Life Support logistics services to sustain peak flight readiness for the RAN SEAHAWK helicopters during the fleet’s estimated 30-year lifespan.