"Seahawk Romeos" take off from Lockheed Martin

By Casey Killian

December 11, 2013 Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 5:54 PM EST

Owego, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) Two MH-60 Romeo helicopter took off for training in Florida before leaving for Australia.

The "Seahawk Romeos" were unveiled Tuesday at Lockheed Martin.

The pair took off for Jacksonville, FL Wednesday morning.

In Florida the aircraft will go through some additional training with the Australia 725 squadron before going to Australia in 2015.

Employees from Lockheed Martin were all very proud of their accomplishment.

"I take a lot of pride in the fact that we accomplished this in such a short amount of time.Really from the time the government of Australia and the United States signed the agreement to provide the helicopter, that was 28 months ago. So here we stand today and two of those air crafts have already been manufactured and provided to the Royal Australian Navy," said Director of Naval Helicopter Program at Lockheed Martin, Tom Kane.

A total of 24 "Seahawk Romeos" will be delivered to Australia by the end of 2016.

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