The popular Anzac Day flyovers continue this year thanks to the Eurobodalla and Far South Coast National Servicemen’s Association.
The Nashos have again successfully negotiated with the Defence Ceremonial Support Department to perform a flypast over NSW South Coast towns in support of local Anzac Day marches and ceremonies.
Following the RAAF C130 Hercules in 2015 and Navy Bell helicopters last year, a Navy AS350 Squirrel helicopter from 723 Squadron, based at HMAS Albatross, will pass over Batemans Bay, Moruya, Narooma, Bermagui and Bega on Tuesday, April 25.
An amended schedule will also see two Navy Bell helicopters join the flyovers, to ensure coverage at each of the venues at the closest times to the services, with at least one helicopter at each town.
Eurobodalla and Far South Coast Nashos president Peter Wilson thanked the RAAF and Navy for their involvement in previous years and welcomed the Navy’s support once again for 2017 Anzac Day services honouring the sacrifices of our service men and women.
The 723 Squadron was first formed in 1952 and has served operationally during the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and East Timor. It currently operates as a helicopter training squadron based at Nowra.
The Moruya Aero Club is also continuing its Anzac Day activities with five of its aircraft flying over the Batemans Bay and Moruya districts in a Southern Cross formation during the morning parades and assemblies.
Coordinator Bill Stott said the club had been doing this for a number of years “and we appreciate the contribution the pilots have made with their time and their own aircraft towards the importance of this day”.
Navy Squirrel flyover schedule:
Batemans Bay 10.53am