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Australia’s Chinook mission in Afghanistan complete

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Australia’s Chinook mission in Afghanistan complete

Posted on 17 September 2013 by admin

The Australian Army Aviation Detachment, has completed its mission in Afghanistan.

RWG-8 marked the End of Mission during a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield (KAF) on Saturday (14 September 2013).

The KAF-based RWG consisted of two CH-47D Chinook Medium Lift Helicopters operating throughout the Afghan summer months as part of the American-led Regional Command South Aviation Task Force.

Australian Army Aviation Task Groups have completed 11 tours in Afghanistan starting in 2006 as the Aviation Support Element. It was renamed Rotary Wing Group in 2008 and went on to complete eight rotations between 2008 and 2013.

Lieutenant Colonel James Brown, Commanding Officer RWG-8, said the RWG’s contribution was substantial.

“The men and women of RWG-8 achieved 780 flying hours over 90 missions from 2 April to 4 September 2013,” Lieutenant Colonel Brown said.

“We carried more than 3400 passengers and approximately 373,000kg of cargo to dozens of Forward Operating Bases in Southern Afghanistan.

“Australian RWG detachments have made a significant contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) every year since 2006.

“It has been a privilege to support NATO and Afghan troops on the ground as they work to get Afghanistan on the path to stability.”

Australia’s Middle East Area of Operations Commander, Major General Michael Crane said the RWG operated steadfastly alongside their American allies.

“The Army Aviation’s detachment, assigned under Operational Control to American Combat Aviation Brigades over the past eight years has provided a meaningful enhancement to Australia’s strategic US alliance,” Major General Crane said.

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Australia receives sixth C-17 Globemaster III aircraft

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Australia receives sixth C-17 Globemaster III aircraft

Posted on 01 November 2012 by admin

Boeing has delivered the sixth Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17 Globemaster III today at the company’s final assembly facility in Long Beach. The airlifter will be assigned to No. 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley near Brisbane, where it will help meet increased demand for airlift to support military, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations.

 

“I am delighted to accept the sixth C-17 on behalf of the Royal Australian Air Force,” said RAAF Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown. “The C-17 is a capability that has improved Australia’s reach locally, regionally and globally. Individually, the aircraft is impressive – but as a fleet, it has fundamentally enhanced our strategic airlift agility to meet the Australian Defence Force Air Mobility requirements.”

 

The government of Australia announced its intent to buy a sixth airlifter during last year’s arrival ceremony for the RAAF’s fifth C-17. The contract was completed on June 6 and now Boeing has delivered the aircraft less than five months later, due to the strong cooperation among the Australian and U.S. governments working with the Boeing team.

 

“The C-17 symbolizes the strength and the enduring nature of the partnership between Boeing and the Commonwealth of Australia,” said Bob Ciesla, vice president, Airlift, and C-17 program manager. “We look forward to supporting the RAAF and this aircraft as we do the five other C-17s at Amberley.”

 

Boeing provides after-delivery support to the RAAF C-17 fleet as part of the C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP) Performance-Based Logistics agreement with the U.S. Air Force. The GISP “virtual fleet” arrangement provides the highest airlift mission-capable rate at one of the lowest costs per flying hour.

 

Boeing has delivered 248 C-17s worldwide, including 218 to the U.S. Air Force active duty, Guard and Reserve units. A total of 30 C-17s have been delivered to Australia, Canada, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the 12-member Strategic Airlift Capability initiative of NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. India has 10 C-17s on order for delivery in 2013 and 2014.

 

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