RAAF and USAF Christmas Drop in the Pacific


From 05-18 December 2018, the Royal Australian Air Force joined the United States Pacific Air Forces and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) for Operation Christmas Drop, the Department of Defense’s longest-running humanitarian airlift operation.

Launching from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, C-130J Hercules aircraft delivered donated goods by parachute to remote island communities in the West Pacific including rice and non-perishable foods, toys, fishing equipment and clothing.

Beginning in 1952 Operation Christmas Drop delivers to islands covering an area of six million square kilometres.



Australian Department of Defence

December 15, 2018