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Air Force heroes commemorated in Rushworth
21 Mar 2017
The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, and the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC, had the honour of joining the Rushworth RSL and community members to commemorate local Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force heroes at a Centenary of Anzac 2014 - 2018 event in Rushworth, Victoria on Monday 20 March 2017. The Chief of Air Force and descendants of Air Vice-Marshal Frank McNamara and Air Marshal Sir George Jones unveiled two new memorials, arranged by the Rushworth RSL to commemorate these two local heroes who both spent their childhood in the town.
Exercise Cope North 2017
20 Mar 2017
Exercise COPE NORTH 17 (CN17) is a Commander Pacific Air Forces sponsored multilateral field training exercise involving the United States Air Force (USAF), Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). CN17 involves large force employment Air Combat Exercise with Dissimilar Air Combat Tactics and a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) exercise phase. Held from 15th February to 3rd March 2017 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, an Air Task Group from the RAAF involving F/A-18A Hornet, E-7A Wedgetail, C-130J Hercules aircraft as well as combat support and medical elements have deployed for the Exercise. CN17 involves over 2000 personnel and approximately 100 aircraft and aims to increase the combat readiness and interoperability of the USAF, JASDF and RAAF.
RAAF mentoring Afghan counterparts in Kabul
06 Mar 2017
Ten Royal Australian Air Force members are embedded at Train, Advise, Assist Command – Air (TAAC-Air) providing mentoring support to their Afghan Air Force counterparts in Kabul, Afghanistan. Around 270 personnel for the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Air Force and Defence civilians are deployed on Operation HIGHROAD as part of Australia’s commitment to the NATO led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.
F-35A Lightning arrives in Australia
03 Mar 2017
The F-35 Lightning was officially launched at the Avalon Airshow on the 3rd of March 2017. The Australian Defence Force is proud to be part of the 2017 Australian International Airshow, with displays showcasing the latest military aviation assets and technology.
Enhanced Air Cooperation Activity at RAAF Tindal
01 Mar 2017
The first group of USAF F22s arrived at RAAF Tindal ahead of the first Enhanced Air Cooperation activity in Australia under the US Force Posture Initiatives. The F22s will be located at RAAF Base Tindal and are the largest and longest rotation of fifth-generation aircraft to visit Australia to date. The F22s will conduct combined training activities with the Royal Australian Air Force's 75 Squadron F/A-18A/B Hornets along with ground assets and personnel.