The Royal Australian Navy says it has lifted temporary restrictions placed on flying operations for the MH-60R helicopter fleet after one crashed in the Philippine Sea on October 13.
A suspension was enacted as a precaution after an MH-60R attached to HMAS Brisbane ditched in the Philippine Sea during a routine flight.
“Initial evidence indicates that the incident is not an issue impacting the rest of the MH-60R fleet,” Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Hammond said.
“The MH-60R is a reliable platform with over 300 operating worldwide. Navy has a rigorous and regular maintenance schedule to ensure they remain both safe and effective.”
The three air-crew on board the helicopter at the time of the incident were swiftly recovered. HMAS Brisbane deployed sea boats and rescued the crew approximately 20 minutes after their crash.