The Diamond Thunder Exercise involved the networking of F/A-18 simulators at both RAAF Base Williamtown and Tindal with the E-7A Wedgetail simulator at Williamtown and C-130J simulator at RAAF Base Richmond.
The Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM) 2017 gave 18 countries a chance to put years of combat shooting training to the test. The Australian Army competition expanded this year with new ranges and exhausting challenges. The shared lessons can save lives on operations. With around 200 soldiers and senior officers the event also builds lasting relationships between militaries and nations around the world.
Royal Australian Air Force personnel embedded at Train, Advise, Assist Command – Air (TAAC-Air) are helping develop Afghan Air Tactical Coordinators for the Afghan Air Force (AAF). Since September 2016, the NATO TAAC-Air team have graduated six courses including 26 AAF offices and 28 Afghan National Army officers. The newly graduated ATACs will deploy in support of Afghan National Defence and Security Forces operations – adding to AAF offensive capability. About 270 personnel from the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Air Force and Defence civilians are deployed on Operation Highroad as part of Australia’s commitment to the NATO led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.
An Air Force C-130J Hercules conducts low level training and flare drops over RAAF Base.
Training Afghan pilots and Joint Terminal Air Controllers – Australian Army Captain helps train Afghan pilots.