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November 22, 2012
LEUT Samantha Dudley
THE first at-sea deployment out-
side of first-of-class trials proved
a valuable experience for the
embarked aviation team on board
It achieved major milestones in
individual and collective training
and testing for the MRH-90.
The 23-person team of five
pilots, four aircrewmen and 14
maintainers from NUSQN808, and
their MRH-90, joined Tobruk on
September 24 as she sailed for her
south west Pacific deployment.
While Tobruk's crew was kept
busy with Exercises Sea Lion and
Croix du Sud, NUSQN808 set to
work on its objective -- testing the
capabilities of the MRH-90 in a
Flight Commander LCDR Paul
Hannigan said the first order of
business was to deliver maritime
operations training, consisting of
deck-landing qualifications and
limited maritime search and rescue
training involving winch transfers.
"In successfully completing the
individual and collective training,
recommendations were given for
LEUT Brett Sinclair, LEUT Ivan
Hussein and SBLT Ryan Cross to
become part of the trained pilot
force" he said.
"Getting the MRH-90 to sea and
qualifying pilots was a great mile-
stone that validated the maritime
operations training continuum for
LEUT Hussein said he was
pleased to complete his operational
"The deployment has been an
eye-opening experience, with a
great level of insight into the future
of embarked flight operations," he
The embarked MRH-90 con-
ducted further successful maritime
search and rescue training, track-
ing a "survivor" using the MRH-
90's automatic transition and hover
Conducting passenger transfers
over the waters of New Caledonia
was a highlight of the deployment
for LEUT Brett Sinclair.
"Seeing the smiles on people's
faces after their passenger transfer
flights over the picturesque coral
reef was particularly rewarding,"
Simulated casualty evacuation
training was also conducted with
both evolutions providing useful
information on the aircraft's capa-
"We were able to prove and vali-
date system functionalities such as
search and rescue patterns and auto-
matic transitions," LCDR Hannigan
"The MRH-90 will be the back-
bone of ADF amphibious operations
on board LHDs, so far demonstrat-
ing significant potential for opera-
tions from and at sea in the future."
MRH-90 training milestone
TAKING FLIGHT: Flight Commander LCDR Paul Hannigan sits in the embarked MRH-90 on board HMAS Tobruk.
Inset top, personnel are led out to the MRH-90. Inset bottom, an aircrewman is winched from Tobruk's sea boat into
the MRH-90 for a personnel transfer.
Photos: LSIS Brenton Freind
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