Choppers hone sub-hunting skills
Navy’s anti-surface and submarine-hunting warfare helicopters provided valuable training for aircrew and maintainers during Exercise Tigerfish.
CAPTION: An MH-60R helicopter fires a laser-guided rocket off the NSW south coast during Exercise Tigerfish 2023. Story by Sub-Lieutenant Marina Riley. Photo by Chief Petty Officer Cameron Martin.
The two-week exercise focused on the employment of live weapons and increasing proficiency in maritime combat helicopter operations.
Commanding Officer 816 Squadron Commander Nigel Rowan said the exercise was crucial in advancing the MH-60R capability and increasing the lethality of its operational aircrew.
“It was an excellent opportunity for participating aircrew to refine complex skills obtained in aircraft simulators with live weapons in real-world environments,” Commander Rowan said.
The exercise also enhanced skills of the 816 Squadron maintenance teams by loading live ordnance, delivering effective training to support aircraft operations.
The MH-60R Seahawk helicopter contributes strongly to naval combat power as it’s used for anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare.
Exercise Tigerfish was the culmination of a collaborative effort by units of the Fleet Air Arm and supporting agencies.