Aussies in Anarctica


03/23/2016: A team of maintainers from 723 SQN have lent their support to the RAAF in recovering three AS350 Squirrel helicopters for the Australian Antarctic Division in Antarctica.

Leading Seaman Jodie Khan, Petty Officer Mark Anderson and Leading Seaman Tim Graham were collected from HMAS Albatross in a RAAF C17 Globemaster, flown to Hobart and then on to Wilkins Aerodrome near South Casey Station.

As well as their expertise, the team provided specialised equipment including loading ramps 723 Squadron developed specifically for loading Squirrel helicopters into the C17 Globemaster.

A permanent base in Antarctica is managed by the Australian Antarctic Division.

It lies on the northern side of the Bailey Peninsula overlooking Vincennes Bay on the Budd Coast of Wilkes Land in the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Credit: Australian Ministry of Defence: March 22, 2016