RAAF P-8A Poseidon involved in first search and rescue mission

A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing P-8A Poseidon has taken part in a search and rescue mission for the first time, when an aircraft on a routine training mission responded to a mayday call from a stricken dolphin cruise boat. The MV Port Princess issued a mayday call at around 1pm on May 16 when off the South Australian coast near Port Macdonnell after the vessel had … [Read more...]

Tiger ARH reaches 2,000 hours milestone for the first time

The first of the Australian Army’s Tiger ARH armed reconnaissance helicopters (A38-001) has achieved a significant milestone by flying 2,000 hours, becoming the first Tiger in the global fleet to do so. Under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Dave Lynch, commanding officer of the School of Army Aviation, the helicopter reached the milestone on a flight from the Army Aviation … [Read more...]

CHC secures Navy SAR contract

CHC Group will provide search and rescue (SAR), aeromedical evacuation (AME) and crash response services for the Royal Australian Navy at HMAS Albatross, Nowra under an interim 15-month contract. The company said it had deployed an AW139 helicopter to Nowra from its global pool of SAR assets to fulfil the contract. The aircraft is compliant and certified to the latest … [Read more...]

Boeing completes 100th deeper maintenance for RAAF’s classic Hornet

Boeing Defence Australia has completed its 100th deeper maintenance activity for the Royal Australian Air Force’s F/A-18A/B Hornet fighter aircraft, representing more than 500,000 hours of work over four years. The RAAF celebrated the achievement of the milestone alongside the Boeing unit based at Williamtown, Boeing said in a statement. “The incredible daily serviceability … [Read more...]

LHDs remain alongside as Defence investigates propulsion issues

The Navy’s two amphibious assault ships HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide remain tied alongside at Fleet Base East, Sydney while Defence investigates issues with the LHDs’ azimuth propulsion systems. The issue first came to public attention almost a month ago on March 29 when ABC defence reporter Andrew Green reported that both vessels were out of service after propulsion … [Read more...]