MH-60R Naval Combat Helicopter

Photo credit: Royal Australian Navy

The MH-60R “Romeo” was officially welcomed to the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) fleet in June 2015 during a traditional ceremony commissioning its training Squadron, known as 725 Squadron.

This comes just 18 months after the first Australian MH-60R Romeos were officially delivered by the U.S. Navy to the RAN. The RAN will receive its full complement of 24 MH-60R maritime combat helicopters by 2016.

The MH-60R is the most capable and mature Anti-Submarine (ASW)/Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) multi-mission helicopter available in the world today. The MH-60R is deployed globally with the U.S. Navy fleet and a growing number of international navies.

Program Milestones

  • June 2015: The Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky team delivered the 12th of 24 MH-60R missionized aircraft to the RAN – and all aircraft were delivered ahead of schedule.
  • April 2014: Lockheed Martin announced that it had delivered its MH-60R Electronic Warfare Support System (EWSS) to the RAN. The EWSS will provide the RAN with the ability to generate and test unique Australian mission data loads installed on the Australian Romeo fleet. Work on the project began in 2012 and ended in April 2014, with system demonstration and training at the Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit in Adelaide, South Australia.
  • December 2013: The U.S. Navy took delivery of the first mission-ready MH-60R helicopters for transfer to the Royal Australian Navy.
  • June 2011: Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy responded to the Australian Defence Force’s need for a fleet of new-generation, multi-role naval combat helicopters with the MH-60R.

The helicopter serves as the cornerstone of the Navy’s Helicopter Concept of Operations, capable of detecting and prosecuting modern submarines in littoral and open ocean scenarios. The Seahawk “Romeo” fleet will operate off the RAN's ANZAC-class frigates and the Hobart-class air warfare destroyers.

The MH-60R, manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, and equipped with advanced mission systems and sensors by Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training (MST), is capable of detecting and prosecuting modern submarines in littoral and open ocean scenarios.