816 Squadron maintenance Romeos are seen operating onboard the HMAS Albatross.
816 Squadron is Navy’s operational support squadron for the MH-60R ‘Romeo’ maritime combat helicopter.
The squadron can deploy up to eight flights embarked in Navy’s fleet of Hobart class destroyers and Anzac class frigates, providing a ship or task group with an enhanced anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare capability.
The crew, consisting of the Aircraft Captain, Mission Commander and Sensor Operator, combine to maximise the employment of the Romeo.
HMAS Albatross is the largest operational Naval establishment and the Navy’s only Air Station. The primary task of HMAS Albatross is to support the five naval Squadrons, which provide air support to the fleet.
The primary task of HMAS Albatross is to support the five naval Squadrons, which provide air support to the fleet. The five Squadrons and the aircraft they operate are:
- 723 Squadron with EC-135T2+ helicopters
- 725 Squadron with MH-60R Seahawk helicopters
- 808 Squadron with MRH-90 Taipan helicopters
- 816 Squadron with MH-60R Seahawk helicopters
- 822X Squadron with unmanned aerial systems.