Military Capabilities

Australian frigate conducts first MUM-T operations with MH-60R helicopter, ScanEagle UAS

18 September 2017

The Royal Australian Navy’ (RAN’s) Adelaide (Oliver Hazard Perry)-class guided missile frigate HMAS Newcastle (06) has completed the service’s first ever man-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) integrated flying serials.

The operations, which involved Newcastle’s embarked MH-60R helicopter, and a ScanEagle unmanned aerial system (UAS), were conducted while the frigate was on a two-week attachment with the US Fifth Fleet in the Arabian Gulf, said the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) in a statement on 19 September.

During its attachment, Newcastle also supported the US Navy’s (USN’s) USS Nimitz carrier strike group (CSG-11) with escort operations, and “a range of naval manoeuvres”, the DoD added.

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