THERE has been an explosion of new arrivals among the HMAS Albatross personnel based in the US with the new 725 Squadron training program for the Seahawk Romeo helicopter.
The squadron continues to grow in Jacksonville Florida but this time it’s not the arrival of new personnel – it’s a baby boom.
Five new babies have joined the 725 Squadron family and according to the Commanding Officer David Frost, this represents a baby for every month the squadron has been formed.
“If we keep this rate up, we’ll return home with more US passports than Australian,” CMDR Frost joked.
“We’re in a unique situation here with the squadron forming in the US. It has certainly brought us all closer together and the entire squadron celebrates the arrival of a newborn.”
“Bringing our child into the world has been an amazing experience although could have been really difficult being so far from home. But the support from the squadron network has been tremendous for new families like ourselves,” said proud new mother Vanessa Talbot, wife of Lieutenant Commander Peter Talbot.
CMDR Frost said he was happy for the new mums and dads and was looking forward to seeing some of the new children maintaining and flying the Romeo helicopter in 18 years’ time.
The squadron has been deployed to the US since February to train on the new Seahawk helicopter.
The new Seahawk Romeo helicopter will replace the RAN’s ageing fleet of S-70B-2 Bravo Seahawks.