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Australian Government - Department of Defence


16 October 2021

The Royal Australian Navy has lifted temporary restrictions on MH-60R flying operations.

A suspension was enacted as a precaution after an MH-60R helicopter attached to HMAS Brisbane ditched in the Philippine Sea on 13 October during a routine flight.

"Initial evidence indicates that the incident is not an issue impacting the rest of the MH-60R fleet," Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Hammond said.

"The MH-60R is a reliable platform with over 300 operating worldwide. Navy has a rigorous and regular maintenance schedule to ensure they remain both safe and effective."

The three air-crew on board the helicopter at the time of the incident were safely recovered and are continuing deployed operations in HMAS Brisbane.

Issued by Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

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