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Air Task Group Christmas activities
25 Dec 2017
The Air Task Group began Christmas day in the fog with a bacon and egg breakfast at the main air operating base in the Middle East Region. For our aircraft and aircrew deployed, operations continue with aircraft providing support to the Iraqi ground forces. The Air Task Group (ATG) is deployed on Operation OKRA. The ATG is operating at the request of the Iraqi Government within a US-led Global Coalition assembled to degrade and defeat Daesh. The ATG comprises six RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter aircraft and a KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft. Additionally, the ATG has personnel working in the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre, and embedded with the ‘Kingpin’ US tactical command and control unit. On the 21 Dec 17, the Minister of Defence announced that the Strike element would return to Australia in late January.
OP Christmas Drop 2017
19 Dec 2017
From 6-16 December 2017, the Royal Australian Air Force joined the United States Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force for Operation Christmas Drop 17, the world’s longest running humanitarian airdrop mission. Launching from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, C-130 Hercules transports from all three countries will airdrop up to 100 loads by parachute to remote island communities across the west Pacific, including non-perishable food, toys, fishing equipment, and clothing. Beginning in 1952, Operation Christmas Drop delivers to islands over an area of six million square kilometres, and is an opportunity for Hercules crews from all three countries to jointly plan and execute airlift missions.
ADF Highlights at V8 Supercars Newcastle 500
05 Dec 2017
The Royal Australian Air Force and the Australian Army joined forces at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 – Supercars over the weekend November 25 to 26 to showcase Australian Defence Force capabilities through technology and teamwork. With high-tech, high-skill and high-speed part of the Supercar driver program on the ground, Air Force pilots took this to the skies – with these common passions and mastery placed on thrilling display in the air. An F/A-18A Hornet from Number 2 Operational Conversion Unit based at RAAF Base Williamtown showcased its capabilities on both days over the weekend with an adrenaline pumping aerial display. As part of the program, a Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail from Number 2 Squadron also based at RAAF Base Williamtown performed a low-level flypast over Pit Straight on Saturday and again on Sunday to mark the commencement of the main race. On the ground, spectators tested their skills as an Air Force fast-jet pilot in the Air Force Simulator Experience trailer and browsed through Australian Army capability displays. Team Army’s latest project car, TsunArmy, also joined the ever-popular Project Digger and Armygeddon, showcasing the skills of the Army mechanics, electricians and technicians who bring these vehicles to life. Newcastle’s own musicians from the Australian Army Rising Suns rock band entertained the crowds and Defence Force Recruiting was on-hand with information and resources for young people considering a career in the Australian Defence Force. ADF participation in the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 – Supercars provided the opportunity to showcase ADF capabilities and importantly highlight the dedication and commitment of our ADF men and women who serve at home and abroad on operations.
F/A-18A Hornet flyover at V8 Supercars - Newcastle
26 Nov 2017
An F/A-18A Hornet from Number 2 Operational Conversion Unit based at RAAF Base Williamtown showcased its capabilities at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 – Supercars over the weekend November 25 to 26 to showcase Australian Defence Force capabilities through technology and teamwork.