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Strike on Daesh headquarters building in Mosul
18 Jul 2016
The Royal Australian Air Force Air Task Group (ATG) recently launched a large-scale early morning airstrike on a key Daesh headquarters compound in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Under the cover of darkness, a pair of F/A-18A Hornet fighter aircraft dropped a total of six two-thousand pound, precision guided bombs that penetrated and destroyed the building from the inside, causing the large structure to implode on itself. The two-story building set on the edge of a small lake was a key Daesh operational headquarters for the region that also functioned as a training facility.
Leading Aircraftman David Darnell from Australia's Federation Guard
16 Jul 2016
Royal Australian Air Force airman Leading Aircraftman David Darnell from Australia's Federation Guard with his great grandfather Corporal Harold Keable trench canon shell art at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on 16 June 2016. Australian Defence Force personnel from Australia's Federation Guard are busy practising their drill and making final preparations to travel to France in July to commemorate the centenaries of the First World War battles of Fromelles and Pozières. Department of Veterans' Affairs commemorative services will be held at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery on 19 July and at the 1st Australian Division Memorial at Pozières on 23 July 2016. The two battles are particularly significant in Australia's military history: Fromelles (19 July 1916) was the first major offensive by the Australians in France; and Pozières (23 July to 3 September 1916) saw Australia sustain 23,000 casualties over seven weeks. Formed in 2000 for the centenary celebrations of Australian federation, Australia's Federation Guard is a Canberra-based ceremonial unit drawn from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force. The sailors, soldiers, airwomen and airmen of Australia's Federation Guard provides precision drill for significant events across Australia and around the world, including providing the guard at Buckingham Palace in 2000.
250,000 flying hours celebrated in Tamworth
13 Jul 2016
The Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School has celebrated 250,000 flying hours in the Pacific Aerospace CT-4B Airtrainer aircraft, a significant milestone for both the unit and the aircraft. The milestone was celebrated on Tuesday 12 July 2016 with a reception for invited guests from Air Force, BAE Systems and key dignitaries from the local Tamworth community including the Mayor of Tamworth and Local MP. A flypast was conducted with 16 CT-4B aircraft flying over Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School and Tamworth.
CJOPs visit reinforces importance of RIMPAC
11 Jul 2016
The Australian Defence Force Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston has visited Hawaii to coincide with the commencement of Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016. During his visit, Vice Admiral Johnston conducted a number of important meetings with United States and participating nation counterparts. He also took time to inspect many of the personnel who are about to move into the Sea Phase of RIMPAC, the largest maritime exercise in the world. With more than 25,000 personnel from 26 countries, the exercise aims to improve cooperation between Pacific Rim nations to ensure the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans.
Exercise Angel Reign Concludes
08 Jul 2016
Joint personnel recovery Exercise Angel Reign 16 has wrapped up in Townsville after two weeks of search and rescue scenarios on water and land. The serials saw a number of Australian and United States Air Force members play the role of isolated personnel (IP), using different techniques to gain the attention of passing military aircraft including flares, signal fires and mirrors. Once located, US Guardian Angel pararescuemen winched down from HH-60 Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopters to rescue them. A variety of Australian and U.S. aircraft were used during the exercise, including a RAAF AP-3C Orion, C-130J Hercules, E-7A Wedgetail and F/A-18F Super Hornet. The U.S. brought an MC-130P Hercules and HH-60 Pave Hawks. Exercise Angel Reign 16 is a bilateral joint personnel recovery exercise between Australia and the United States aimed at enhancing military relations and search and rescue tactics between the two nations. The exercise involves different personnel recovery scenarios throughout the Coral Sea and Townsville Field Training Areas from 27 June – 7 July 2016.