The MH-60R Seahawk is the Navy's next generation submarine hunter and anti-surface warfare helicopter. Secondary roles include search and rescue, logistics support, personnel transport and medical evacuation.

The Australian Government approved the acquisition of 24 MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ naval combat helicopters. Navy will have the capacity to provide at least eight warships with a combat helicopter at the same time, including Anzac Class frigates and the new Air Warfare Destroyers. The remainder will be based at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, New South Wales, and will be in various stages of the regular maintenance and training cycle.


Type Anti-submarine/Anti-surface/Search and Rescue helicopter
Manufacturer Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin
Origin USA
Number ordered 24
First delivered 2013
First flight 2016
Speed 180 knots
Range 245 nautical miles
Crew 3
Engines 2 x General Electric T700-GE-401
Weapon systems
  • AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles
  • Mark 54 anti-submarine torpedo
Operated by 816 Squadron and 725 Squadron


Anti-submarine warfare

Anti-surface warfare

Search and rescue