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Air Task Group personnel enjoy Christmas Day
25 Dec 2016
Members of the Air Task Group pause from their busy workload to celebrate Christmas Day 2016 with a Bar B Que breakfast served to fellow members and coalition partners at the base Dining Facility and participate in distribution of care packages by Santa Claus who stopped off at Australia's main operating air base en route to visit children in Australia. The ATG, Task Group 630 of Operation Okra, is operating at the request of the Iraqi Government within a US-led coalition assembled to disrupt and degrade Daesh operations in the Middle East Region (MER). The ATG comprises six RAAF F/A-18A Hornet fighter aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail airborne command and control aircraft, and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport air-to-air refuelling 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. The ATG is directly supported by elements of Operation ACCORDION including the Theatre Communications Group, Air Mobility Task Group, and the Combat Support Unit, whose mission is to provide airbase and aviation operational support to sustain air operations in the MER. There are up to 350 personnel deployed, at any one time, as part of, or in direct support of the ATG.
Air Task Group members this Christmas
20 Dec 2016
This Christmas there will be around 2300 Australian Defence Force members deployed to the Middle East region. The ADF remains actively involved in training at Taji in Iraq, training and advising roles in Afghanistan, and maritime security duties throughout the Middle East region.
Operation Christmas Drop 16
12 Dec 2016
From 2-10 December 2016, the Royal Australian Air Force has joined the United States Air Force and Japan Air Self-Defense Force for Operation Christmas Drop, 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.
P-8A Poseidon arrives to its new home
29 Nov 2016
The Royal Australian Air Force’s first P-8A Poseidon has arrived to its new home at RAAF Base Edinburgh. Number 92 Wing will operate Australia’s newest maritime surveillance aircraft, which will support a full range of tasks, including anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, maritime and overland intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, electronic support, and a search and rescue capability. The cutting edge aircraft will dominate the skies around the nation’s coastline, greatly enhancing Australia’s ability to keep our borders secure and guard our maritime approaches.