RAAF deploys Hercules to Guam for Christmas airdrop mission

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has deployed a C-130J Hercules tactical airlifter and crew to Guam for the 66th iteration of Operation Christmas Drop. Set to run until December 15, the activity is the world’s longest-running humanitarian airdrop exercise, providing aid to remote communities across the Pacific, Defence stated on December 7. This year marks the third … [Read more...]

ADF confirms Canadian interest in RAAF classic Hornets

Defence has confirmed that Canada is interested in acquiring an unspecified number of former RAAF F/A-18A/B ‘classic’ Hornets to bolster its own ageing fleet of CF-18 Hornets. A December 6 report by Reuters says Canada will soon announce it will scrap the planned acquisition of 18 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, and instead buy a number of retired Australian Hornets. The … [Read more...]

HMAS Darwin decommissioned

The Royal Australian Navy has decommissioned the Adelaide class FFG frigate, HMAS Darwin at a ceremony in Sydney on December 9. Commissioned in 1984, Darwin has steamed more than one million nautical miles and has made port visits in more than 50 countries. The vessel has undertaken operations in the Middle East, Timor Leste, and the Solomon Islands. “The ship and her … [Read more...]

Iraq declares liberation from ISIS

Defence Minister Marise Payne has congratulated Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider Al-Abadi after he declared that all areas of his country have been liberated from ISIS control. “We congratulate the Iraqi Security Forces for their courage and determination in defeating this national, regional and international threat,” a December 10 ministerial release reads. “The liberation of … [Read more...]

Boeing to miss KC-46 delivery target

Boeing says it will miss its 2017 calendar year target to deliver the first KC-46A Pegasus to the US Air Force. In a December 6 report in Defense News, Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense and Security said, “We’re not going to be delivering a tanker this year.” The report follows the first flight of the first production KC-46A on December 4. Converted from the … [Read more...]