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RAAF Orions coming home a decade later

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 9, 2012
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Task Unit personnel welcome back 'Kitty', a 10SQN AP-3C after flying its final sortie in the Middle East on September 27. (Dept of Defence)

Two RAAF AP-3C Orion surveillance aircraft are heading home after nearly a decade deployed to the Middle East.

RAAF Edinburgh-based Number 92 Wing has had Orions deployed to the Middle East since 2003 which have conducted ISR operations over Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf and the North Arabian Sea. Most recently, the aircraft have patrolled the coast of Somalia as part of international counter-piracy missions.

“The Middle East deployment witnessed the aircraft’s role expand from being almost exclusively maritime-focussed to becoming an invaluable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance asset supporting land operations,” Defence Minister Stephen Smith said in a statement. “One of the aircraft’s main roles was to transmit real-time surveillance video to ground force commanders in order to provide them with essential situational awareness.”

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Mr Smith said an increased availability of reconnaissance resources had brought the Orion’s deployment to an end after some 2,400 missions.

About 3,500 members of Number 92 Wing have rotated through the Middle East as part of the wing’s deployment. The final 90 personnel are expected to return to Australia along with the two aircraft over the next few months.

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RAAF Orions coming home a decade later

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 9, 2012
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Task Unit personnel welcome back 'Kitty', a 10SQN AP-3C after flying its final sortie in the Middle East on September 27. (Dept of Defence)

Two RAAF AP-3C Orion surveillance aircraft are heading home after nearly a decade deployed to the Middle East.

RAAF Edinburgh-based Number 92 Wing has had Orions deployed to the Middle East since 2003 which have conducted ISR operations over Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf and the North Arabian Sea. Most recently, the aircraft have patrolled the coast of Somalia as part of international counter-piracy missions.

“The Middle East deployment witnessed the aircraft’s role expand from being almost exclusively maritime-focussed to becoming an invaluable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance asset supporting land operations,” Defence Minister Stephen Smith said in a statement. “One of the aircraft’s main roles was to transmit real-time surveillance video to ground force commanders in order to provide them with essential situational awareness.”

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Mr Smith said an increased availability of reconnaissance resources had brought the Orion’s deployment to an end after some 2,400 missions.

About 3,500 members of Number 92 Wing have rotated through the Middle East as part of the wing’s deployment. The final 90 personnel are expected to return to Australia along with the two aircraft over the next few months.

Steer your own in-flight experience – available on print and digital Whether our classic glossy magazine in your letterbox, daily news updates in your inbox, peeling back a few layers in the podcast or our monthly current affair reports, you can count on us to keep you up to date. Sign up today for just $99.95 for more exclusive offers here. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

RAAF Orions coming home a decade later

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 9, 2012
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Task Unit personnel welcome back 'Kitty', a 10SQN AP-3C after flying its final sortie in the Middle East on September 27. (Dept of Defence)

Two RAAF AP-3C Orion surveillance aircraft are heading home after nearly a decade deployed to the Middle East.

RAAF Edinburgh-based Number 92 Wing has had Orions deployed to the Middle East since 2003 which have conducted ISR operations over Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf and the North Arabian Sea. Most recently, the aircraft have patrolled the coast of Somalia as part of international counter-piracy missions.

“The Middle East deployment witnessed the aircraft’s role expand from being almost exclusively maritime-focussed to becoming an invaluable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance asset supporting land operations,” Defence Minister Stephen Smith said in a statement. “One of the aircraft’s main roles was to transmit real-time surveillance video to ground force commanders in order to provide them with essential situational awareness.”

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Mr Smith said an increased availability of reconnaissance resources had brought the Orion’s deployment to an end after some 2,400 missions.

About 3,500 members of Number 92 Wing have rotated through the Middle East as part of the wing’s deployment. The final 90 personnel are expected to return to Australia along with the two aircraft over the next few months.

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