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Exercise Red Flag
22 Feb 2019
The Royal Australian Air Force has deployed a contingent of approximately 370 personnel to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada for Exercise Red Flag 19-1, taking place from 22 January to 15 February 2019. Up to 6 F/A-18A Hornet aircraft from Number 77 Squadron, an E-7A Wedgetail from Number 2 Squadron, an AP-3C (Electronic Warfare) Orion from Number 10 Squadron have been deployed on the complex, multi-nation exercise. Personnel will also be operating a Task Group Headquarters; augmenting the Combined Air Operations Centre, Cyber capabilities; and establish a Control and Reporting Centre. Established in 1975 as an internal exercise by the United States Air Force, Exercise Red Flag centres on the world’s most complex reconstruction of a modern battlespace and is recognised as one of the world’s premier air combat exercises. Red Flag 19-1 also involves participants from the United States Navy as well as the Royal Air Force. Training alongside allied nations is critical to the success of Air Force units on real world operations; helping develop further familiarity with foreign terminology, methods and platforms.
C-27J deliver fuel to flood affected QLD
10 Feb 2019
On 9th February 2019, No. 35 Squadron from RAAF Base Amberley was called in to start supporting the North Queensland flood relief effort from Mount Isa. Two Royal Australian Air Force C-27J Spartan aircraft and crew worked with the Australian Army's 9th Force Support Battalion to deliver urgent aircraft fuel for civilian helicopters to drop fodder and hay to livestock and farmers in the isolated Richmond and Julia Creek areas.
Air Force support to flood ravaged North Queensland
08 Feb 2019
The Australian Defence Force assisted Coles and Woolworths supermarkets in the delivery of urgently needed fresh product and household items to flood ravaged North Queensland. Due to these extreme weather conditions and unprecedented rainfall, it was difficult for the road and rail movement of groceries. Approximately 70 tonnes of produce and essential items were loaded and flown from RAAF Amberley in Brisbane to Townsville via Air Movements personnel and three Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster aircraft to replenish stores in areas with exhausted stock.
RAAF Puppies visit Ipswich Hospital
24 Jan 2019
Seven Military Working Dog (MWD) puppies from RAAF Base Amberley recently visited children at Ipswich Hospital. In December 2018, children from the hospital’s Sunshine Ward put forward suggestions for names for the newest litter of Air Force puppies. Each litter of new puppies is given a letter from the alphabet to distinguish them from other litters. This litter of five boys and two girls was designated the letter ‘I’ so all the puppies names were required to begin with ‘I’. Corporal Natasha Falconer from the RAAF Security and Fire School Breeding cell at RAAF Base Amberley announced the names of the puppies to the children at the hospital. Iron, Ippy, Ida, Isshi and Igloo (the boys) and the girl puppies Ivy and Iris will soon start to undergo training to become Military Working Dogs. The children were excited to meet these friendly and adorable four legged friends.
Day in the life of a F-35A pilot
20 Dec 2018
Although two F-35As have arrived at RAAF Base Williamtown, Australia will continue to maintain a significant presence at Luke Air Force Base in the medium term. At Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Royal Australian Air Force pilots and maintenance personnel continue to partner with United States Air Force units and Lockheed Martin as they undergo training on the F-35A.