The Royal Australian Navy’s
805 Squadron has been decommissioned at HMAS
Albatross, Nowra after seven years of providing valuable training to Navy
The squadron’s Australian
White Ensign was lowered and handed to Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander
Matthew Royals, RAN.
Greg Combet, the
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, joined current and past
members of the 805 Squadron at the Decommissioning Ceremony.
“The current 805 Squadron
was re-commissioned in 2001 to be equipped with a fleet of eleven Seasprite
“Past and present members of
the squadron had achieved a number of good results despite difficult
circumstances,” said Mr Combet.
“The limited release
achieved by the Seasprite helicopters enabled Navy to train personnel at HMAS Albatross
in aeroskills and mechanical expertise, with 29 attaining qualifications as
aeronautical maintenance tradespeople.
“The squadron has also
helped raise more than $15,000 for the children’s charity Camp
Quality through a marathon bike ride
in regional New South Wales.
“Due to ongoing technical
problems the Federal Government has decided not to continue with the
introduction of the aircraft, and the helicopters will be sold under an
agreement with the manufacturer Kaman.
“The Squadron originally
formed in 1940 and served in World War II before switching focus to Maritime
Search and Strike.
“Members from 805 Squadron
will be transferring into other squadrons and support roles,” said Mr Combet.
“The Public Servants who
were attached to the squadron are being re-deployed within the Defence Materiel
“We have also engaged a
local professional human resource firm to assist the re-deployment of all
affected personnel including the staff who were working for the contractor.
“The Government remains
committed to the sustainment of helicopter facilities in the Nowra region and
we expect that the local economy will continue to prosper as a result.”
The 805 Squadron Crest
depicts blue and white waves representing navy, sea and heraldic principles.
The orange represents the desert
of Libya, with the Palm
Trees representing the native trees of the Libyan area. The motto ‘Over Sea
and Sand’ alludes to the areas flown over by the squadron in World War II.
Rod Hilton (Greg Combet): 02 6277 4771 or 0458 276 619
Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664