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Royal couple visits RAAF Bases Edinburgh & Amberley

Terry Turner



The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge viewed an F/A-18F Super Hornet, experienced a flight in a Super Hornet simulator and met with Australian Defence Force personnel, families and veterans during a visit to Australia’s largest air base on 19 April.

The Duke and Duchess also planted a tree at RAAF Base Amberley’s Memorial Garden in honour of the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the Royal Australian Air Force.

They met the families of four personnel killed in recent conflicts. The families of Flight Lieutenant Paul Pardoel, Lance Corporal Stjepan ‘Rick’ Milosevic, Trooper David Pearce and Private Matthew Lambert represented all families who have lost loved ones during combat operations.

A RAAF Royal Guard, with musical support from the RAAF Band, greeted their Royal Highnesses on their arrival.

The Royal Guard comprised 102 personnel from all RAAF Base Amberley units. They marched with massed squadron colours and standards along with the Queen’s Colours and Governor-General’s Banner.

The Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, and the Chief of the Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, accompanied the royal couple on the base tour.

Flight Lieutenant Jasmine Richards gave the Duke and Duchess a guided inspection of a Super Hornet.  “I was very honoured and excited to meet the royal couple, but I don’t think I stopped shaking,” she said.

Flight Lieutenant Jasper McCaldin took the pair through a simulator experience.

“They were a great team. The Duke flew very naturally, doing loops and aileron rolls with full after-burner to push the speed up to 600 knots, which was fantastic to see,” Flight Lieutenant McCaldin said.

Terry Turner is Senior Editor for and Editor in Chief for the entire stable of CYBER PRESS magazines.CYBER PRESS is an Australian media business specialising in multi-channel broad audience online digital publishing. Our company is the evolution of Eco Magazines, Australia's premiere dedicated online publisher of full-format digital magazines. Put simply, we specialise, where many merely dabble.

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Technical camp for young women, RAAF Base Williamtown

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Fifteen people attended the Technical Camp for Young Women at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Williamtown between 27-30 August, 2018.

Participants experienced engineering and technical roles first hand, and the day-to-day routine of an Air Force base. Participants also met with Air Force members and Defence Force Recruiting specialists to discuss career opportunities

Technical Camp Officer in Charge, Flight Lieutenant Esther Suh, said Air Force was strongly committed to enhancing a more diverse and inclusive work environment and recognised that diversity was key to capability.

“To be the strongest possible organisation, Air Force needs to be able to recruit from the entire talent pool in the Australian community, both women and men,” Flight Lieutenant Suh said.

Two Newcastle students, Hannah Newham, 17, and Lucy Goodman, 16, were among the participants.

“I liked a lot of the more hands-on activities, such as the flight simulator,” Hannah said.

Lucy said Air Force was appealing because of the diverse range of opportunities it offered.

She enjoyed working in the classrooms solving technical problems.

Flight and technical camps for young women have been running since 2013 and have produced positive results with 80 per cent of participants actively pursuing Australian Defence Force careers through Defence Force Recruiting.

Due to the success of those camps, Air Force delivered the inaugural Aviation Camp for Women in July this year at RAAF Base Amberley, in Queensland.

Technical Camp Second Officer in Charge, Flight Sergeant Michelle Snape, said Air Force camps for women were incredibly rewarding for both participants and the personnel who delivered them.

“In addition to the education and training components of the camps, the camps provide a mentoring opportunity with participants engaging with inspiring Air Force personnel,” Flight Sergeant Snape said.

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P-8A Poseidon aircraft fires Harpoon

Royal Australian Air Force load crew personnel from No. 11 Squadron position an ATM-84J Harpoon on to the P-8A Poseidon aircraft at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, during RIMPAC 2018.

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Photo: CPL Nicci Freeman © 2018 Department of Defence

A Royal Australian Air Force’s P-8A Poseidon has fired its first Harpoon during Exercise RIMPAC 2018.

This is an important event for the P-8A Poseidon in reaching Final Operational Capability. Exercise Rim of the Pacific 18 (RIMPAC 18) is a biennial military training exercise to strengthen international maritime partnerships, enhance interoperability and improve the readiness of participating forces for a wide range of potential operations.

Now in its 25th iteration, the Australian Defence Force deployed HMA Ships Adelaide, Success, Toowoomba, Melbourne and Rankin, an amphibious landing force from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, and one P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

The multinational activity, held from 27 June to 2 August 2018 in Hawaii and off the coast of California, is the world’s largest maritime exercise and includes 25,000 personnel from 25 countries. Australian personnel will exercise across a broad spectrum of scenarios from humanitarian assistance and disaster response to maritime security operations, sea control and complex war fighting.

Participating personnel and assets will conduct gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air-defence exercises, as well as maritime interdiction and vessel boardings, explosive ordnance disposal, diving and salvage operations, mine clearance operations and an amphibious landing.


Photo: CPL Nicci Freeman  © 2018 Department of Defence

Above: Royal Australian Air Force load crew personnel from No. 11 Squadron position an ATM-84J Harpoon on to the P-8A Poseidon aircraft at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, during RIMPAC 2018.

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Australian F-35 Lightening Fighters clock up 1000th flight

Australia’s F-35 Lightning jet fighter fleet clocked up its 1000th flying sortie.

Terry Turner



Photo: Alexander H Groves (Lockheed Martin)

Australian personnel currently based at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, in the United States, marked a significant milestone this week as Australia’s F-35 Lightning fleet clocked up its 1000th flying sortie.

Our F-35A team is working together with the 56th Fighter Wing US Air Force and Lockheed Martin to develop Australia’s initial F-35A capability. Royal Australian Air Force pilots and maintenance personnel are fully embedded and integrated in USAF squadrons as they prepare to lead Australia’s transition to a fifth-generation Air Force.

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