The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit has successfully conducted a ‘quick look’ trial of the CH-47D Chinook onboard the Navy’s Flag Ship, HMAS Canberra.
Performed in collaboration with C Squadron, 5 Aviation Regiment, the latest trial saw the helicopter carrying out a series of evolutions, including launch and recoveries, along with an assessment of external load operations, known as vertical replenishment, or VERTREP.
In addition, an assessment was made of aircraft lashing schemes and refuelling procedures.
HMAS Canberra air commander Paul Moggach said: "We are already authorised for deck operations with MRH-90 Taipan and S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopters, and the Chinook activity this week has further expanded our knowledge.
"We look forward to operating with Army helicopters in support of our amphibious roles."
The recent trial was prior to a full first of class flight trial planned for the CH-47F in late 2016.
The CH-47D Chinook helicopter is designed for transportation of troops, artillery, supplies and equipment to the battlefield.
Other roles of the aircraft include medical evacuation, aircraft recovery, parachute drops, search and rescue, disaster relief, fire-fighting, and heavy construction.
Currently, the RAN’s both CH-47D and CH-47F helicopters are operated by C Squadron from Townsville in Queensland.
In September, HMAS Canberra completed a graduated operational test and trials programme, achieving a key milestone towards initial operating capability.
The test and trials programme saw the integration of landing craft, as well as trials for both the crew, ship and aviation systems.
Image: A CH-47D Chinook conducts load lifting trials with HMAS Canberra in Jervis Bay. Photo: © Royal Australian Navy.