Plans lodged for new helicopter facilities to service new Romeos

A NEW $35 million aviation facility near HMAS Albatross will be considered by the State Regional Planning Panel.

The complex will be developed by Sikorsky Aerospace Services, which is providing 24 new Seahawk Romeo helicopters to the Royal Australian Navy to be based at HMAS Albatross.

The application has been launched by Jones Lang LaSalle on behalf of Sikorsky.

The facility will be comprised two buildings to be constructed on both sides of Wugan Street at the Aviation Technology Park.

Subject to approval there will be a 10,000 square metre facility for maintenance and repair operations and a 3000 square metre warehouse for logistical support for the RAN MH-60 Romeo program.

The industrial buildings will play a pivotal role in support of the new Romeo helicopters and will also include car parking for up to 150 vehicles as well as delivery needs.

Navy has taken delivery of the first two Romeo helicopters, with aircrew and maintenance teams from 725 Squadron in the US training on the aircraft. They are due to arrive in the country in less than a year.

Work is also well under way on the $138 million MH-60R Seahawk Romeo helicopter maintenance and training facilities near the western pad at HMAS Albatross.

The new facility will be the home of 725 Squadron and 816 Squadron, which flies the current Seahawks. 

The project will include a training centre and operation squadron facility the likes of which do not exist elsewhere in the Australian Defence Force.

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