helicopter training squadron based at Nowra is to be officially adopted by the
city of Coffs Harbour.
725 Squadron, which
operates from the Naval Air Station at Nowra, is a training unit for Sikorsky
MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ naval combat helicopters.
The Squadron was first
formed in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) more than 50 years ago and has a
history in the Royal Navy stretching back to 1943. In 2012, the unit was
re-established by the RAN.
“Members of local RSL sub branches and Returned and
Ex-Services Clubs in the region support
the idea of adopting the 725 Squadron and we look forward to establishing close
ties with the Navy through the Squadron,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor
“Having them take part in ANZAC Day, as
well as other local events and school visits will add a new dimension to the
Coffs Harbour community.”
There is a
tradition of Australian cities and towns adopting Naval Units.
Harbour adopted an Air Squadron – 805 Squadron – in 2005, but that unit has
since been decommissioned.
previous partnership Coffs Harbour developed with the 805 Squadron was very
successful and I’m sure this new one will be equally positive,” added Cr
There are no costs associated with the
adoption of 725 Squadron, but there is the potential to generate local economic
benefit through spending by the naval personnel during visits. In addition,
there is the possibility of increasing tourism from the Squadron’s presence at