A maritime support helicopter stopped at Prendiville Catholic College

A maritime support helicopter stopped at Prendiville Catholic College

A MARITIME support helicopter made a special stop in Ocean Reef on its way to Anzac commemorations in Albany last week.

The MHR90 Taipan multi-role helicopter landed on the Prendiville Catholic College oval on Tuesday.

Principal John Aldous said the 808 Squadron navy crewmen were generous with their time.

‘The students enjoyed looking through the chopper, including being buckled into the crew seats, so much that I think the crew stayed longer than anticipated,’ he said.

‘It was also terrific that they welcomed some of our special-needs students on board, including one student in a wheelchair who was able to be manoeuvred up the ramp at the rear of the helicopter.’

College graduate Jordan Berkhout, who finished his schooling in 2005, is a current serving member of the squadron.

‘A number of our ex-students have chosen careers with the defence forces, so apart from being a goodwill exercise, it was also an opportunity for defence personnel to speak with those who may be contemplating a career in this area,’ Mr Aldous said.

The event marked the helicopter’s first trip to WA.