An Update on the Afghan Air Force: May 2019


The Afghan Air Force has been going through a modernisation program for the last decade, and it is now reaching operational maturity. 

There has been a significant shift forward in the capability to be more operational. ADF advisers at the NATO-led Train, Advise, Assist, Command Air (TAAC-Air) mission, support key personnel in the AAF while they develop professional airmen capable of planning, leading, employing, and sustaining decisive airpower operations. 

Australia contributes about 300 Defence personnel to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces as part of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

Australian Department of Defence

May 16, 2019

Gulf Anti-Submarine Exercise: May 2019


The Gulf Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise (GASWEX 19) is a French led exercise conducted over 3 days, involving units from Denmark, USA and Australia. 

The exercise was conducted in support of the Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group, providing realistic training in the protection of a high value assets against a sub-surface adversary during fixed wing carrier operations.

Australian Department of Defence

May 20, 2019


2nd MAW Works Low Altitude Air Defense


U.S. Marines with 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) Battalion conduct their annual qualification training at Onslow Beach, North Carolina, May 21, 2019. 

The live-fire training increases their capabilities in providing task organized, ground security force in defense of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force air sites, assets and installations when not engaged in air defense operations. 

Master Gunnery Sgt. Anthony Gentile is an operation chief assigned to 2nd LAAD, Marine Air Control Group (MACG) 28, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW). Lance Cpl. Charles Bailey is a Low Altitude Air Defense Gunner assigned to 2nd LAAD, MACG 28, 2nd MAW 


Video by Lance Cpl. Danielle Krenzel 

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing

Red Flag 19-2: 428th Fighter Squadron Maintainers


The 428th Fighter Squadron from Mountain Home Air Force Base, traveled to Nellis Air Force Base in March for exercise Red Flag 19-2.



Video by Airman Nicholas Swift 

366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Qatari Mirages fly with U.S. B-52H and F-35As


Qatari Emiri Air Force (QEAF) Mirage 2000s, a U.S. B-52H Stratofortress, and U.S. F-35A Lightning IIs fly in formation over Southwest Asia, May 21, 2019. 

This flight was conducted to continue building military-to-military relationships with the QEAF. The B-52H is part of the Bomber Task Force deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to defend U.S. forces and interests in the region.



Video by Senior Airman Roslyn Ward 

U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs 

Coalition Exercise in Bay of Bengal: Led by French Carrier, the Charles de Gaulle


From 17 to 25 May 2019 , the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and his escort conducted a series of exercises in the Bay of Bengal with representatives from the United States Marines, Australia and Japan.

Dubbed “La Pérouse”, this series of naval exercises allows France to maintain its military cooperation with its main strategic partners in the region.

The aim is to develop and maintain strong links, working habits and mutual knowledge essential to the effectiveness of its actions in these maritime areas of strategic interest where transit 25% of world traffic and 75% of European Union imports.

France is also one of the few European countries to have a permanent military presence in the Indian Ocean.

Credit: Australian Department of Defence

May 23, 2019

Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019: Final Phase


A Joint Task Force consisting of up to four ships, maritime patrol aircraft and more than 1,200 personnel from the Australian Defence Force are deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019, a series of key engagement activities with Australia’s regional neighbours. 

Running from March to May, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 is geared towards enhancing interoperability with Australia’s key regional partners, including Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia. 

In the third iteration of the activity, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 is a key part of Australia’s ongoing efforts to re-affirm positive relationships with other militaries through joint practical activities. HMAS Canberra, a Canberra-Class Landing Helicopter Dock, is the flagship of the joint taskforce, able to project embarked personnel, vehicles and aircraft ashore, while providing an effective hub for control of a variety of military tasks. 

Canberra has been joined in the Joint Task Force by HMA Ships Success, Newcastle and Parramatta, and embarked MH-60R maritime combat helicopters and MRH-90 maritime support helicopters. 

A Royal Australian Air Force P8-A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft joined the Joint Task Force during several key regional visits. Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 also involves personnel from the Australian Army’s 2RAR and 3RAR, the Australian Army Band, the Royal Australian Air Force and Defence Civilians.

Australian Department of Defence


F-35 Demo Team performs at the Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show


The F-35 Demo Team performed during the Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 18, 2019. 

The 13-minute performance featured 14 aerobatic maneuvers that fully showcase the capabilities of the F-35.  



Photo by Senior Airman alexander cook 

F-35A Demo Team Public Affairs