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RAAF Richmond Herculean Challenge
24 Nov 2017
On 24 November 2017, teams from all three Defence services and state-based emergency services have competed at RAAF Base Richmond in the second annual Herculean Challenge for White Ribbon Day. The event involved teams of 20 personnel pulling a 40-tonne C-130J Hercules over a distance of 10 metres in the quickest time possible. The purpose of the event was to raise funds and awareness for White Ribbon Australia, the initiative to stand up against all forms of male-led domestic violence and abuse in Australian society.
KC-30A Hose and Drogue Inspection
14 Nov 2017
The ground crew deployed with the KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) conduct a post flight inspection on the hose and drogue system of the aircraft. The inspection is looking for any damage which may have been caused in flight. It is vital that the hose and drogue are serviceable to ensure the KC-30A is able to perform its role of providing fuel to the aircraft above Iraq and Syria. The KC-30A MRTT forms part of the Air Task Group (ATG) and 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, an E-7A Wedgetail airborne command and control 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.
Skydiving for Legacy
06 Nov 2017
On 4 November 2017, a No. 36 Squadron C-17A conducted a freefall parachute drop of up to 200 skydivers who have donated to Legacy, to Toogoolawah, 50 kilometres northwest of Brisbane. This event was arranged between No. 86 Wing (86WG) at RAAF Base Amberley, the Australian Parachuting Federation (APF), and Legacy, and was an opportunity to showcase Air Force air mobility capability as well as raise money and recognition for the work conducted by Legacy.
Skydiving for Women in Adventure Sports
03 Nov 2017
On 2 November 2017, a No. 36 Squadron (36SQN) C-17A Globemaster conducted a freefall parachute drop of up to 100 female skydivers to RAAF Base Amberley. This event was arranged between No. 86 Wing (86WG) at RAAF Base Amberley, the Australian Parachuting Federation (APF), the Women in Adventure Sports (WIAS) program, and was an opportunity to showcase Air Force air mobility capability as well as highlight the air force support for women in traditionally male-dominated areas.
Very Large Air Tanker Water Drop
03 Nov 2017
RAAF Base Richmond will be used to provide airfield support services to Large Air Tanker and Very Large Air Tanker aircraft contracted to the New South Wales (NSW) Government for the 2017/2018 fire season, assisting with NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) efforts to combat bushfires. Support services include aircraft parking and security, access to fuel and refuelling facilities, equipment storage, use of resources including water, aircrew office space, and meals and accommodation as required. Facilitating the aircraft at RAAF Base Richmond is intended to maximise aircraft utility and provide access to all areas of NSW in the event of a bushfire emergency. State and Territory Governments have primary responsibility for the protection of life, property and the environment, and for coordinating and planning an emergency response or recovery within their jurisdictions. Ground-based and aerial bush fire fighting is a highly specialised field that requires equipment and training that, in general, Defence does not possess.