Coffs Harbour adopts Navy seahawk unit
A PIECE of Coffs Harbour history is set to play a significant role in a monumental event for the Australian Navy.
On June 19 the city of Coffs Harbour will officially adopt the navy's new 725 Squadron at a commissioning ceremony on HMAS Albatross at Nowra.
The new squadron is a training unit for the MH-60R Seahawk "Romeo" naval combat helicopter - the next generation submarine hunter and anti-surface warfare aircraft.
To mark the occasion, the Coffs Harbour RSL sub-branch has loaned a naval officers' sword to be worn by the commanding officer during the ceremony.
RSL sub-branch president Bob Payne said although little was known about the sword's history, it had captured the interest of local residents since going on display at the club several years ago.
"The sub-branch was loaned the sword from (resident and marine) Peter Rosedale but unfortunately we have been unable to contact Peter in recent times," Mr Payne said.
"We believe the sword belonged to his grandfather who served in the Royal Navy - it holds a special place in history.
"It means a great deal for the sub-branch and for Coffs Harbour."
It's common for the naval units to be adopted by cities and the bond means that 725 Squadron will be participating in annual events on the Coffs Coast.
Mayor Denise Knight said she was looking forward to establishing close ties with the navy through the new squadron.
"Having them take part in Anzac Day, as well as other local events and school visits will add a new dimension to the Coffs Harbour community," Cr Knight said.
Squadron 723 Lieutenants Mark Green and Dean Williams travelled to Coffs Harbour in an AS 350BA Squirrel helicopter to collect the sword on Wednesday.
Coffs Harbour had previously adopted 805 Squadron in 2005, but the unit was decommissioned in 2008.
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