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...]

Third RAAF F-35A pictured on first flight

The Royal Australian Air Force’s third F-35A Lightning II, A35-003, has completed its first flight. Photographer Carl Richards captured these images of A35-003 taking off on its first flight, from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, on December 1. The aircraft is due to be delivered to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona in early 2018 to be used for pilot and … [Read more...]

Fleet Air Arm farewells ‘Bravo’ Seahawk and Squirrel helicopters

The S-70B-2 Seahawk and AS350BA Squirrel helicopters have been formally retired from active Royal Australian Navy (RAN) service in a ceremony at HMAS Albatross. Defence stated that members of the Fleet Air Arm community, including retired flight crews and maintainers, joined Navy to farewell the helicopters. While the ‘Bravo’ Seahawk had been operational for 29 years, the … [Read more...]

B-1B bombers train with RAAF

Two US Air Force B-1B Lancer long-range bombers conducted a bilateral integrated training mission with the Royal Australian Air Force over the northern coast of Australia on November 27. Scheduled to run until December 2, Exercise Lightning Focus is intended to provide air-to-air training for pilots, weapons system officers and air battle managers. Having completed the … [Read more...]

Third RAAF F-35A completes production

Australia’s third F-35A Lightning II aircraft has rolled off the assembly line at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ production facility in Fort Worth. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne stated that 3 Squadron markings were applied to the aircraft (A35-003) in early November, representing the final stage in the production process before several weeks of ground and flight … [Read more...]