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RAAF deployment to Iraq departs

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 22, 2014
A Super Hornet departs Amberley for the Middle East.
A Super Hornet departs Amberley for the Middle East. (Defence)

The main contingent of RAAF personnel and aircraft being deployed to contribute to US-led efforts to “disrupt and degrade” ISIL forces in Iraq departed RAAF bases Amberley and Williamtown on Sunday, headed to Al Minhad air base in the UAE.

The contingent includes F/A-18F Super Hornets, a KC-30A tanker transport and an E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft.

“Today marks the departure of the main Air Force contingent deploying to the Middle East,” said Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown.

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Air Marshal Brown said he was proud of the preparation work conducted by all Air Force personnel in the lead-up to the deployment.

“The large amount of preparation conducted to deploy such a potent and capable force in a relatively short time is a testament to the professionalism and skill of our Air Force,” he said.

This contingent will join the RAAF C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster aircraft and personnel already in the region. These aircraft have already operated a number of humanitarian airdrops and munitions delivery flights to northern Iraq, the most recent of these being completed on September 16.

The KC-30 departs for the Middle East. (Defence)
The KC-30 departs for the Middle East. (Defence)
The Wedgetail departs Williamtown. (Defence)
The Wedgetail departs Williamtown. (Defence)

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6 Comments

  • Paul Merritt

    says:

    Minhad is only 15 km from home. I’ll expect to hear the sound of freedom soon!

  • Stuart

    says:

    Would they Fly direct via another base for overnight stay – Eg Butterworth in Malaysia?

  • Brad

    says:

    Godspeed to you folks deploying on this one. We know you’ll do us proud.

  • Glen

    says:

    It looks like the US forces are already bombing Syria. I wonder if the RAAF will join in or just atack Iraq ?

  • Michael

    says:

    If this becomes a long term deployment are the Super Hornets likely to be rotated back to Amberley for maintenance and for how long? I’m guessing the plan is for the fleet to be split into three with 8 on deployment , 8 in post deployment maintenance and 8 in training and prep is that right? Just like their crews.

  • Michael

    says:

    Sorry I meant to say and after how long on deployment to the middle east not for how long?

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