12 March 2015 Coffs Adopts Naval Squadron

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A 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 Denise Knight.

 

“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.

 

Coffs Harbour adopted an Air Squadron – 805 Squadron – in 2005, but that unit has since been decommissioned.

 

“The 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 Knight.

 

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 events.