HMAS Adelaide has provided an at-sea platform for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) CH-47 heavy-lift helicopter crews to requalify in deck landings and take-offs off the coast of Queensland.
The RSAF CH-47 crews, permanently based at Oakey in Queensland, spent two days flying from Townsville to HMAS Adelaide at sea to undertake the Deck Landing Qualifications, communicating with the warship’s flight control room and being guided by Australian sailors on the flight deck.
The RSAF helicopters and crew also supported Australia’s bushfire fighting efforts over the 2019-20 fire season.
The joint activity coincides with 30 years of the Singapore Armed Forces training in the Shoalwater Bay area and is the product of senior naval leader-to-leader talks, highlighting the importance of Australia and Singapore’s shared relationship.
Australian Department of Defence
October 28, 2020.