Ocean Explorer Exercise 2017

03/01/2017: According to a story on the Australian Ministry of Defence website published on February 24, 2017, the Australian Navy is hosting a multinational training exercise which features its new amphibious ship. [maxgallery id="94617"] More than 17 ships and aircraft are descending on the Western Australian coast for one of the…

RAAF in Cope North 2017

02/28/2017: According to a story published on the Australian Ministry of Defence’s website on February 22, 2107, the RAAF is going to Cope North to hone its high end combat skills. [maxgallery id="94631"] The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has deployed to Guam to participate in Exercise Cope North 2017—a high…

Engineering Support for Australia’s Air Task Group

06/21/2015: Australia’s Air Task Group (ATG) as part of Operation OKRA comprises six RAAF F/A-18A Hornets, an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft. Nearly 400 personnel have deployed to the Middle East as part of, or in direct support of the…

The Aussies Are Buying Two Additional C-17s

04/14/2015: Earlier, we interviewed the current Air Mobility Commander for the RAAF and his predecessor. Both emphasized the significant impact of the C-17 and the KC-30A on the reach and range of the RAAF. http://sldinfo.wpstage.net/transforming-the-royal-australian-air-forces-sustainable-reach-the-key-role-of-the-raafs-air-mobility-group/ http://sldinfo.wpstage.net/the-raaf-and-culture-change-building-sustainable-reach/ Now the Australian government has announced the formal decision to add two more C-17s…

RAAF C-17s Deliver Blackhawks in Support of Vanuatu Relief Effort

03/26/2015:In this video from the Australian Ministry of Defence, RAAF personnel describe the process of lifting Blackhawks to the Island of Vanuatu. And  Blackhawk operators describe their contribution as well. Credit Video: Australian Ministry of Defence: March 23, 2015.

RAAF Pilot Completes His First F-35A Flight

03/25/2015: In this video from the Australian Ministry of Defence, an Australian pilot describes his first flight of an Australian F-35 at Luke AFB. He described the plane as easy to fly and the experience very symmetrical with his training on the simulator. His main concern was not falling off…