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Defence Helicopter

Aussie Seahawk starts LHD trials

7th April 2020 - 16:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has begun flight trials of the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopter off the coast of Queensland.

The trials, involving the Canberra-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessel HMAS Adelaide, will ascertain safe operating limits for the MH-60R in various sea states and wind speeds, by day and at night.

Capt Jonathan Ley, commanding officer of HMAS Adelaide, said: ‘The results will provide a new standard of operational capability, informing how navy can employ the MH-60R and LHD together in the future to increase both lethality in combat, and responsiveness during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief tasks.’

The MH-60R is regarded by the RAN as its next-generation ASW and ASuW helicopter. Some 24 of these helicopters are in service.

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