Minister Payne confirms RAAF classic Hornet sale to Canada

Defence Minister Marise Payne has confirmed the Government has agreed to sell 18 RAAF F/A-18A/B 'classic Hornets to Canada. The Minister’s announcement comes after Canadian officials overnight confirmed they would not be proceeding with a planned purchase of 18 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets from Boeing, and would instead agree to a letter of offer from Australia for the classic … [Read more...]

35 Squadron marks 75th anniversary with Spartan flypast

The Royal Australian Air Force’s 35 Squadron has celebrated the 75th anniversary of its formation by flying a C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter over Sydney Harbour. The special flight capped off a year of accomplishments for the unit, Defence stated. “We were formed in March 1942, and our 75th year has certainly been a busy one as we continue to introduce the Spartan to Air … [Read more...]

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...]