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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.
Exercise Chong Ju
21 Oct 2016
Exercise Chong Ju is an annual live-fire training exercise conducted at the Australian Army’s Combined Arms Training Centre at Puckapunyal training area in northern Victoria to showcase capabilities to Army’s next generation of combat leaders. Exercise Chong Ju 2016 included demonstrations from the M1A1 Abrams tank, ASLAV (Australian Light Armoured Vehicle), Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles, M113 armoured personnel carriers, 81mm mortars and M777 155mm howitzer artillery piece. Aerial support for the activity included FA/18 Hornet aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force. Exercise Chong Ju is named after a battle in North Korea in 1950, when the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, supported by tanks and artillery, attacked and captured a large North Korean defensive line during their northward advance to the Yalu River.
Townsville Freedom of Entry
20 Oct 2016
Not since 1972 has RAAF Base Townsville exercised its Right to the Freedom of Entry to the City of Townsville. As part of the T150 Defence Force Air Show and Townsville’s 150th celebration, all units at RAAF Base Townsville exercised their Freedom of Entry with a parade through The Strand Park on Saturday, 15 October, prior to the commencement of the T150 Defence Force Air Show.
Fur Seals get a ride with Spartan
18 Oct 2016
A C-27J SPARTAN has carried an unusual load early in the young type’s career with Air Force – four fur seals from Sea World. Flying to Coolangatta Airport in Queensland on October 12, the No. 35 Squadron (35SQN) crew loaded the four seals along with Sea World employees. They were then transported to Moruya Airport on the south coast of New South Wales, where the seals could be released into their natural habitat.
Friends with Dignity fundraising event
13 Oct 2016
The Commanding Officer of No. 36SQN hosted a base wide fundraising event on Thursday, 13 Oct 16 for Friends with Dignity Australia. Thirteen teams participated in a C-17 A Globemaster III Tug of War competition with Team Broadspectrum overcoming all other rivals to take out the challenge. Friends with Dignity is a not for profit organisation that assists men, women and children who are victims of domestic violence. All funds raised from the event will go directly to emergency clothing, housing needs and other much needed resources for displaced victims of Domestic Violence.
22SQN Adventure Training
06 Oct 2016
A group of 30 Air Force personnel ran through a series of physical fitness challenges on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, including abseiling from cliff faces near North Curl Curl Beach. Air Force personnel frequently conduct physical fitness training on their own bases, and activities like this are an important part of maintaining their own health and wellbeing.