Lockheed Martin's new facility in Nowra, Australia, celebrated the 24th and final delivery of an MH-60R SEAHAWK to the Royal Australian Navy. That delivery occurred earlier this year.
The new facility will house the new fleet and is comprised of two buildings: a maintenance repair and overhaul base and a logistic center warehouse.
The fleet replaces the navy's existing fleet of S-70B-2 SEAHAWKs. Chosen in 2011, Lockheed fulfilled the Australian Defense Force's requirement for a fleet of 24 new-generation, multi-role naval combat aircraft. The program ran on schedule and on budget, and thus was given Australia’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group “Project of the Year” award in 2015.
The MH-60R is built primarily for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare. It can also perform search and rescue, vertical replenishment, naval surface fire support, logistics support, personnel transport, medical evacuation and VHF/UHF/link communication relay.