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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.
Shelter for Strike Element Hornets
22 Nov 2016
Maintenance personnel with Air Task group 630 are able to escape the heat and distraction on the flightline at Australia's main air operations base in the Middle East. A 4K Hangar - so named because it covers an area of 4000 square feet - has been constructed to allow maintenance on F/A-18 Hornets deployed for Operation Okra. The hangar was constructed by Joint Task Force 633's Combat Support Unit, and Airfield Engineers from No. 65 Squadron. 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.
38 Squadron support to Exercise Croix du Sud
17 Nov 2016
Exercise Croix du Sud (CDS) is a medium size tactical multi-national Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR), Non-combatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) and Stability and Security Operations (SASO) Field Training Exercise (FTX) being held in the vicinity of Noumea, New Caledonia from 07 – 18 November 2016. Ex CDS16 is conducted by the French Armed Forces New Caledonia (FANC) as part of French regional engagements in the South West Pacific region and provides a unique opportunity for the ADF to engage with foreign Defence Forces in the region to conduct force integration training at the operational and tactical level. Ex CDS16 aims to strengthen and enhance regional cooperation, coordination and interoperability and demonstrates Australia’s enduring contribution to HADR with multinational partners. Participating nations for Ex CDS16 include France (New Caledonia and French Polynesia), Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, United Kingdom, United States and Vanuatu.
Australia's first P-8A Poseidon arrives
16 Nov 2016
The Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC and President Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific of Boeing, Ms Maureen Dougherty officially welcomed the arrival of the first RAAF P-8A Poseidon aircraft at Defence Establishment Fairbairn. The P-8A Poseidon will provide the RAAF with an advanced Maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Response (MISRR) capability. The Poseidon will support a full range of tasks, including anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, maritime and overland ISR, electronic support, and a search and rescue capability. The P-8A Poseidon will be networked with other Air Force and ADF maritime capabilities as outlined in the Defence White Paper. True force design will transform Air Force and the wider ADF into a fighting force that maximises innovation opportunities.
Exercise Rajawali Ausindo
31 Oct 2016
Exercise Rajawali Ausindo 2016 (RA16) was hosted by No 84 Wing at RAAF Base Richmond from 24-28 October 2016, involving cooperative airlift missions flown between the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara, or TNI-AU) and the Royal Australian Air Force. Both countries conducted a series of cooperative training missions, along with briefings and cultural activities aimed at transferring knowledge and improving cooperation. The value of RA16 is demonstrated when both countries are called to provide coordinated humanitarian and disaster relief operations.
Centenary of Numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 Squadrons
28 Oct 2016
On 28 October 2016, the Royal Australian Air Force marked the Centenary of Numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 Squadrons with both ceremony and celebration with a series of events and activities held at RAAF Base Williamtown. With the theme: ‘Celebrating the Centenary of Australia’s First Flying Squadrons’, the official program commenced with a full Colours Parade in acknowledgement of this significant milestone in Army, Air Force and Australian Defence Force history. Following the parade, a Centenary Family Day event was held which consisted of static displays showcasing historic aircraft (Warbirds) and current Squadron aircraft in acknowledgement of the four Squadrons’ rich history in military aviation. Personnel and staff at RAAF Base Williamtown, their families, a contingent of Number 1 Squadron personnel from RAAF Base Amberley who made the journey to join in the celebrations, as well as ex-Service organisations and veterans attended this historic event. The Centenary Parade and Family Day was a simple and elegant celebration of this historic milestone, providing the opportunity for Army and Air Force to display the contributions and achievements of the first flying Squadrons over the last 100 years – showcasing the innovation and evolution of Air Power into the modern integrated Air Force of which we know today. Importantly, the Centenary program brought into focus the dedication, commitment, sacrifice and exemplary service of the Australian Flying Corps and Air Force personnel past and present - highlighting the enduring spirit of ‘mateship’ and community.