Wednesday, December 19, 2018

RAAF Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters) Sikorsky S-76A Helicopter VH-HRP "Choppa 22" at Mackay and Gladstone Airports

On Wednesday 19 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (SAR) Sikorsky S-76A helicopter VH-HRP was noted passing through Mackay and Gladstone Airports heading South from Townsville to RAAF Base Amberley.

VH-HRP "Choppa 22" on finals at Townsville Airport last month  (File photo)

VH-HRP is owned by Lloyd Helicopters and operated by CHC Helicopters Australia, and is one of a number of choppers used for RAAF Search and Rescue missions. On this ferry flight, it was noted using radio callsign of "Choppa 22".

VH-HRP flew North to Townsville in late November and provided support during the RAAF's Exercise High Sierra - the final training exercise for pilots graduating from Number 2 Operational Conversion Unit.  No. 2OCU Squadron operates out of RAAF Base Williamtown.  The Exercise took place around Townsville and wrapped up last week.

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