Monday, July 3, 2017

Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite Helicopter NZ3618 Also Pops into Mackay Airport

Early on Monday 3 July, the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite NZ3618 was spotted on the ground at Mackay Airport.  It appears that it arrived directly from the HMNZS Canterbury multi-role vessel (MRV) of the Royal New Zealand Navy which is presently in the Coral Sea off CQ.

From Mackay Airport, it is believed that NZ3618 continued further North to Townsville.

As we posted below, NZ3618 popped into Rockhampton Airport during the afternoon on Sunday 2 July - the first visit ever of a New Zealand Defence Force Seasprite helicopter into CQ!

The Seasprite helicopters of the New Zealand Navy are provided by No. 6 Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).  The Squadron is equipped with a fleet of four SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopters which are operated by the RNZN and maintained by the RNZAF.  They are primarily used as integrated air assets from the HMNZS Canterbury and the two ANZAC Frigates of the New Zealand Navy, in order to provide a range of capabilities from logistic support to combat operations.

Sincere thanks to the local plane spotters for capturing these great photos at Mackay and Rockhampton Airports!

Photos taken by 'AC' and Ben O'Dowd  ©

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