725 Squadron RAN
725 Squadron badge
|Branch||Royal Australian Navy|
|Battle honours||Vietnam 1967|
725 Squadron was re-formed as a Royal Australian Navy fleet requirements and communications unit at HMAS Albatross on 13 January 1958. The squadron was initially equipped with C47 Dakota, Auster Autocar, Hawker Sea Fury, Fairey Firefly and Fairey Gannet aircraft and added De Havilland Sea Venoms shortly afterwards. The squadron was redesignated an anti-submarine training squadron in May 1959 and suffered its only fatality in December of that year when a Gannet crashed while landing at HMAS Albatross. The squadron's duties during this period included providing aircraft for air direction officer training, radar calibration and target towing as well as conducting simulated attacks on RAN warships during exercises. These duties continued until 31 May 1961 when 725 Squadron was disbanded and absorbed into 724 Squadron.
725 Squadron was reformed as an operational anti-submarine squadron equipped with Westland Wessex helicopters on 1 November 1962. In this role the squadron regularly deployed four Wessex helicopters on HMAS Sydney to provide the converted aircraft carrier with anti-submarine cover during her many transport voyages to South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The squadron also participated in the search and rescue efforts which followed the collision between HMAS Melbourne and Voyager in February 1964. Helicopters from the squadron also took part in the relief effort after Cyclone Tracy destroyed much of Darwin in December 1974. 725 Squadron was disbanded at HMAS Albatross on 27 December 1975.
On 13 December 2012 the Australian Government announced that 725 Squadron will be re-raised as a training unit operating MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. In this role it will train aircrew for subsequent service with 816 Squadron. The yet-to-be commissioned squadron will be based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida until December 2014 while personnel train on the new helicopters.
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