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RAN Serial

Code

Construction
Number

History

N24-001

870 70-0461 04/12/87 - first flight in USA and carried test marks N7265H.
15/11/98 - Garden Island WA in service with 816 Sqn.  
01/11/03 - Port Melbourne VIC embarked aboard HMAS Anzac.
28/08/06 - Jandakot W A. 30/10/07 - Narromine NSW.
17/09/08 - A new Tiger tail paint scheme has been applied aft from the aircraft's mid point to the upper tail pylon. 03/2009- Avalon Airshow, still with Tiger Scheme
27/03/10 -Essendon Airport, Vic. Tiger Scheme removed
10/2015  Noted retired and on display FAA Museum, Nowra

Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-001 (870)

N24-002

871 70-0464 Carried test marks N7265Y in USA.
21/12/90 - Nowra NSW in service with Seahawk Introductory Training Unit (SITU).
26/11/00 - Garden Island W A in service with 816 Sqn.
5/02/03 - Avalon VIC Airshow.
27/08/03 - Hervey Bay Qld during Exercise Crocodile 03.
06/03/04 - Albert Park VIC during Australian Grand Prix.
11/07/08 - Embarked aboard HMAS Anzac during Exercise Rimpac 08 off Hawaii.

Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-002

N24-003

872 70-0468 11/08/92 - Jandakot W A in service with 816 Sqn.
1998 - operated from HMAS Adelaide, Darwin and Canberra during Operation "Brancard" which was the evacuation of Australian civilians from Jakarta, Indonesia.
15/09/99 - Bundaberg QLD in service with 816 Sqn. Named 'Christine'.
1999/2000 - embarked aboard HMAS Adelaide during service off East Timor.
18/12/04 - Essendon VIC.
25/04/05 - Melbourne Cricket Ground for Anzac Day Commemoration.
26/11/06 - Garden Island W A.
07/2012
01/05/17 - Static Display Wings over Ilawarra. Named "Valkryie"

Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-003

N24-004

873 70-0475 02/08/89 - carried test marks N72669 in USA.
29/09/92 - Nowra NSW in service with 816 Sqn.
28/11/99 - Fremantle W A embarked aboard HMAS Melbourne.
21/10/06 - RAAF Richmond NSW Air show.

Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-004

N24-005

874 70-0476 Carried test marks N72666.
1/12/90 - Nowra NSW in service with 816 Sqn.
02/91 Night time deck landing accident aboard HMAS Adelaide during workups for DAMASK3
30/04/93 Returned to 816 Sqn. after 27 month rebuild in Aircraft Support Unit PBM Facility at HMAS Albatross 13/01/97 - Fremantle W A
1998 - operated from HMAS Adelaide, Canberra and Darwin during Operation "Brancard" which was the evacuation of Australian civilians from Jakarta, Indonesia.
1999/2000 - operated from various ships off East Timor.

Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-005

N24-006

875 70-0480 Carried test marks N72671
21/11/98 - Garden Island W A in service with 816 Sqn.
09/11/00 - Nowra NSW. 23/10/03 - Nowra NSW.
03/10/04 - RAAF Amberley QLD Airshow.
01/06/10 - Alloted to Flight 1 HMAS Stuart and deployed to Operation Slipper in HMAS Stuart for Rotation 25 between 30/12/10 to 30/06/11.
11/04/11 - N24-006 played an instrumental role when HMAS Stuart interdicted a Yemeni-flagged dhow and rescued three crew members who were being held hostage by Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa.

Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-006

N24-007

876 70-0486 Carried test marks N72662.
29/09/92 - Nowra NSW in service with 816 Sqn.
1999/2000 - embarked aboard HMAS Darwin during service off East Timor.
21/05/00 - Sydney Airport during Open Day.
08/2007 - Moruya airport After a 6 month deployment to the Gulf.
06/07/08 - Visited Queensland Air Museum.

Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-007

N24-008

877 70-0489 Carried test marks N72664.
1990/91 - in service with 816 Sqn and embarked aboard various ships during the first Gulf War.
19/12/90 - Bunderberg airport
01/11/98 - Nowra NSW, painted in a special 50th Anniversary "Tiger" scheme.
03/2007 - Avalon Airshow
28/05/08 - Coolangatta QLD.

Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-008

N24-009

878 70-0490 Carried test marks N72667.
03/12/89 - Nowra NSW in service with Seahawk Introductory Training Unit (SITU).
1990/91 - in service with 816 Sqn and embarked aboard HMAS Darwin during the first Gulf War.
1996 - extensively rebuilt following corrosion problems.
17/11/99 - Cairns QLD.  
21/06/06 - Darwin N T during Operation Pitch Black.
10/2008 -Nowra Airshow
18/09/10 - Defence Force Airshow, Williamtown, NSW

Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-009

N24-010

879 70-0591 13/11/98 - Nowra NSW in service with 816 Sqn.
26/03/06 - Nowra NSW.
30/07/08 - Embarked aboard HMAS Melbourne during Exercise Kakadu IX off the N T coast.

Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-010

N24-011

880 70-0595 26/11/00 - Garden Island W A in service with 816 Sqn
27/08/03 - Hervey Bay Qld during Exercise Crocodile 03.
26/11/06 - Garden Island W A embarked aboard HMAS Anzac.
09/12/09 - Essendon Airport

Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-011

N24-012

881 70-0597 15/08/92 - Jandakot W A in service with 816 Sqn
01/07/05 - RAF Waddington U K Open Day embarked aboard HMAS Anzac.
20/11/05 - RAAF Pearce W A Open day.

Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-012

N24-013

882 70-0599 23/10/92 - Avalon VIC Airshow in service with 816 Sqn.
19/05/96 - Port Melbourne VIC embarked aboard HMAS Anzac
1998 - operated from HMAS Adelaide during Operation "Brancard" which was the evacuation of Australian civilians from Jakarta, Indonesia.
1999/2000 - embarked aboard HMAS Adelaide during operations off East Timor.
26/11/00 - Garden Island WA.
06/05/07 - Nowra NSW.
07/07/08 - Persian Gulf embarked aboard HMAS Stuart.

Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-013

N24-014

883 70-0601 15/08/92 - Jandakot W A in service with 816 Sqn. "Hussein Harassers 1990-91" markings on port fuselage behind rear window were applied during the first Gulf War when emarked on HMAS Sydney.
15/11/98 - Garden Island W A in service with 816 Sqn
22/01/01 - during night winching exercises, "Tiger 83" almost ditched in Shoalhaven Bight. The aircraft had problems with the automatic flight control system (AFCS) and came within 3 metres of ditching after spinning around three to five times during an uncontrolled descent. The rear crewmen cut the winch wire and the pilot recovered the aircraft after sending out a May Day message. Source : Australian Navy "TOUCHDOWN" Magazine August 2003.
2003 - Served aboard HMAS Melbourne in Persian Gulf
10/06/05 - Maroochydore QLD.
03/2007 - Avalon VIC Airshow.

Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-014

N24-015

884 70-0604 29/09/92 - Nowra NSW in service with 816 Sqn. Tiger's head painting and Arabic writing were applied on a panel behind the starboard cockpit door during operations in the first Gulf War.
1998 - operated from HMAS Adelaide, Canberra and Darwin during Operation Brancard which was the evacuation of Australian civilians from Jakarta, Indonesia.
01/11/98 - Nowra NSW painted in 50th Anniversary "Tiger" scheme.
16/02/99 - Avalon VIC Airshow painted in 50th Anniversary "Tiger" scheme.
999/00 - embarked aboard HMAS Adelaide during operations off East Timor.
17/02/01 - Avalon Vic Airshow in service with 816 Sqn.
27/08/03 - Hervey Bay Qld during Exercise Crocodile 03.
17/10/03 - Moorabbin VIC. 19/03/05 - Avalon VIC Airshow.
26/01/06 - Winching Display over Sydney Harbour on Australia Day.
03/2007 - Avalon VIC Airshow. Noted with serial numbers overpainted. The aircraft went in for repainting as a part of regular maintenance, the paperwork was mixed with another and it came out of the shop painted as N24-002 '71'. The mistake was corrected but still obvious, see our photos
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04/12/2012 The first RAN Seahawk to be withdrawn from service

Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-015

N24-016

885 76-0609 29/09/92 - Nowra NSW in service with 816 Sqn.
01/11/98 - Garden Island W A.
15/03/01 - embarked on HMAS Newcastle.
07/03/04 - Albury NSW.  
03/10/04 - Garden Island, Sydney Harbour embarked on HMAS Darwin.
20/03/05 Avalon VIC Airshow. 14/10/05 - Canberra ACT.
31/08/07 - Canberra ACT.

Highlight for Album: Seahawk N24-016

 
     
 

The Author of this page is Bob Coppinger (Updated by Brendan Cowan and Martin Edwards)

Sources: Bob Coppinger, Australian Aviation Magazine, Defence Media Centre,

Emails: Bob Moolenaar, Steven Evans, Mark Taylor, Graeme Edwards, Tjalling Boelma, Todd Glynn, Brenden Scott

Photograph: Todd Glynn.

Updated 30th August 2017

 

 
     

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