Sunday, June 3, 2018

RAAF Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters) Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-SYJ "Choppa 32" Returns to Rockhampton Airport

After arriving into Rocky in late May and then deploying into the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA), on Sunday 3 June, CHC Helicopters Australia / Lloyd Helicopters Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-SYJ returned Rockhampton Airport following its deployment.

Again, it was heard to use the radio callsign of "Choppa 32".

At the time of writing, VH-SYJ remains parked at Rockhampton Airport.

Meanwhile, after arriving the previous day, also on Sunday 3 June, fellow RAAF Search and Rescue (SAR) Sikorsky S-76A helicopter VH-HRP departed Rockhampton Airport for Mackay Airport and then Townsville (where it is pictured) flying again as "Choppa 22".

I presume that VH-HRP has been deployed to Townsville in support of the RAAF's Exercise High Sierra which is will kick off in the Townsville area this week.

Both the Agusta and Sikorsy helicopters operate for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in a Search and Rescue (SAR) role by CHC Helicopters / Lloyd Helicopters.

Photos taken by 'IAD' and 'Shinpow16'  ©

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