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  • 17 March 2014

    Two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion aircraft are continuing to support the Malaysian coordinated search mission for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.   Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley said Malaysian authorities coordinating the search had re-tasked an Australian aircraft. One RAAF AP-3C Orion yesterday commenced searching the Indian Ocean to the […]

  • 10 April 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The Royal Australian Air Force has received its eighth Poseidon P-8A maritime patrol aircraft, Australia’s defense minister announced on April 9.   The aircraft number eight had been identified as RAAF’s long-term fatigue management aircraft and had been fitted with a raft of diagnostic equipment, according to minister Christopher Pyne. “The Poseidon is a cutting edge […]

  • 17 July 2015
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, embarked aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), conducted high-intensity land strike training with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as part of exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 (TS15), July 16. The land strike training was one of 10 large-force strikes against simulated land adversaries throughout TS15. Lt. […]

  • 24 April 2014
    Industry news

    Australia will acquire another 58 F-35A Lightning II aircraft in a major boost to the nation’s air combat capability, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced in Canberra on April 23.   The additional aircraft will lift the total number of F-35As Australia will acquire to 72, after a previous decision to purchase 14. This will create […]

  • 25 February 2014
    Training & Education

    The airfield at HMAS Albatross was abuzz with activity late last week when three Seahawk helicopters and 84 personnel from 816 Squadron left for Western Australia to participate in TAMEX, a joint maritime training exercise in anti-submarine warfare.   Transport for 816 Squadron was provided by three Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17 Globemasters. The […]

  • 13 November 2014

    US Navy aircrew from the “Mad Foxes” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 5 joined with members of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at Edinburgh Airfield in South Australia Oct. 2-8 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the RAAF Maritime Patrol Force. During the six-day event, squadron senior leadership, pilots, flight officers and aircrew participated in […]

  • 1 September 2015
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production (FRP) Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft. Nine planes will join the U.S. fleet and four will join the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), who has been a cooperative partner in the […]

  • 9 October 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    Flying at a maximum speed of about 565 mph, at about 41,000 feet, the US Navy’s P-8A Poseidon already covers an operational area of about 1,200 nautical miles during a four-hour on-station period. Now, add air-to-air refueling for extended range and endurance and an advanced search and rescue kit and officials say the P-8A is […]

  • 27 September 2019
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    Australia has taken delivery of its newest maritime surveillance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, at a ceremony in Seattle, USA. The aircraft is now undergoing its verification and validation flying in the United States, and will join the rest of the fleet in Australia, based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia. The received P-8A is […]

  • 3 November 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Research & Development

    The US Navy has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) under which the two will be working together to develop new jammer technology. The two parties, both operating EA-18G Growlers, agreed to jointly mature the AN/ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer Mid-band (NGJ-MB) capability. The MoU was signed at US Pacific Fleet […]

  • 15 January 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The US Navy and Australian Air Force kicked off the annual anti-submarine warfare exercise Sea Dragon on January 14. The multilateral exercise is based out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, with this year’s event running until Jan. 25. Participating US units will include Patrol Squadron (VP) 47, VP-16, both operating under CTF-72, and Commander, […]

  • 29 May 2012
    Industry news

    A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion passing low overhead offered a new wave of hope for 49 Solomon Islanders stranded in life rafts with no sight of land last Saturday afternoon. The Orion and its crew had been tasked to support a search and rescue mission in the area on Friday after the […]

  • 18 November 2011

    The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, addressed troops at RAAF Base Darwin as part of his visit to Australia. Hosted by the Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, the President spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of approximately 1,800 people, consisting of Australian Defence Force personnel, U.S Marines and members of the […]

  • 26 June 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    The Australian government announced it is investing AU$1.4 billion in the acquisition of six MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The UAS will be acquired through a cooperative program with the US Navy. Australia is buying the UAS to complement the surveillance role of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft through sustained operations at long ranges as […]

  • 8 April 2014
    Training & Education

    An assessment and planning assistance team of 11 ADF personnel has arrived in the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara to support assessment of the damage caused by widespread flooding.   The 11 person assessment and planning assistance team is supporting specialist advisers from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. A second RAAF C-130J Hercules […]

  • 24 May 2013
    Training & Education

    The Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Dechaineux has recently conducted a patrol through the North West Australia area in the vicinity of important oil and gas infrastructure. During the patrol the submarine took the opportunity to exercise with a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion aircraft in order to prove the effectiveness of joint air and sub-surface security […]

  • 29 December 2014

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has deployed a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft to assist in the Indonesian-led search for missing Air Asia flight QZ8501. The Australian AP-3C Orion took off from Darwin this morning (Monday, 29 December, 2014) to join the search operations. The Chief of Defence Force, Air […]

  • 23 July 2013
    Training & Education

    Sixteen students from rural and remote areas of NSW were treated to a week of activities showcasing Defence careers as part of the Indigenous Student Defence Work Experience Program conducted from July 14-19. The program, in its second year and sponsored by the National Rugby League (NRL) One Community in conjunction with the Department of […]

  • 30 May 2014

    Visits to 816 and 723 Squadrons, a flight in a Squirrel helicopter, simulator experience in flying a Seahawk and an anti-submarine warfare demonstration were all part of the busy itinerary that Commander Fleet Air Arm, Commodore Vince Di Pietro, recently put together for Air Vice Marshal Mel Hupfeld.   Commodore Di Pietro invited the RAAF […]

  • 29 May 2014

    Personnel from HMAS Tobruk, the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have been awarded Military Civic Action medals by the Philippines Government for their assistance following Typhoon Haiyan in late 2013.   Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Philippines, General Emmanuel Trinidad Bautista, awarded the medals onboard Tobruk yesterday, while the […]

  • 21 March 2014
    Training & Education

    The ADF has provided four AP-3C Orion patrol aircraft to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)-led search of the Southern Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.   These aircraft have concentrated at RAAF Base Pearce and are undertaking tasking. A Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion aircraft and a US Navy P-8A Poseidon […]

  • 1 April 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The Royal Australian Air Force-organized exercise Diamond Shield provided an opportunity for the Australian Navy’s second air warfare destroyer HMAS Brisbane to integrate and operate with the fifth-generation F-35A fighter jet for the first time. Brisbane embarked three Fighter Controllers from the Fleet Fighter Control Element for operations off the coast of Newcastle. In addition […]

  • 20 March 2014

    The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre Australia has received satellite imagery of objects which could be related to the debris of the missing Malaysian plane, MH370.   The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is coordinating the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, with assistance from the Australian Defence Force, the New Zealand Air […]

  • 26 March 2014

    Today’s search for any signs of the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft in the Australian Search and Rescue Region is now underway. A total of six countries are now assisting in the search and recovery operation – Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Japan, China and the Republic of Korea. A total of seven military and […]

  • 24 January 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    A Los Angeles-class attack submarine and P-8A Poseidon crews from the US Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force have completed their participation in the annual, multilateral exercise Sea Dragon. This year’s exercise was conducted out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and concluded on January 22. Participating US units were Patrol Squadron (VP) 47, VP-16, […]

  • 17 August 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Training & Education

    Australia’s future P-8A Poseidon pilots are set to benefit from a new simulator and training systems facility at RAAF Base Edinburgh after it was officially handed over to the defense department on August 17. Australian defense minister Marise Payne said the advanced P-8A training system would better prepare Australian Defence Force pilots and maintenance crews for their […]

  • 23 January 2013

    Royal Australian Air Force crews have helped save the lives of 13 people onboard two vessels at the opposite ends of Australia over a two-day period. In the first incident, an AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft and its specialist crew located a vessel in distress with 12 people onboard about 520 nautical miles north-east of […]

  • 6 February 2013
    Training & Education

    Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 completed a six-month deployment aboard Naval Air Facility Misawa, Feb. 2. Having been in northern Japan since July 2012, the “Scorpions” and their aircraft are returning to their home base at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, located in Oak Harbor, Wash. This was the first expeditionary deployment of the EA-18G […]

  • 27 May 2019
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Ships from the Royal Australian Navy’s Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 (IPE 19) joint task force have returned to Australia following a three-month deployment to South and South East Asia. The flagship HMAS Canberra anchored off Darwin, having visited seven nations since March 2019 during the third IPE iteration since its inception in 2017. Chief of Joint […]