The Diamond series is part of the six-month air warfare instructors course (AWIC) focused on producing expert and approachable air warfare instructors capable of harnessing the combat potential of integrated air, space and cyber capabilities in support of the joint force.
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The air warfare instructors played a crucial role when air and maritime platforms operated together, P-8A Poseidon pilot Flight Lieutenant Michael Hawkins of No. 11 Squadron.
"Often air-maritime platforms operate in close proximity with each other, however, their roles are quite varied and different," FLTLT Hawkins said.
"The purpose of air warfare instructors is to bridge this gap to allow for force integration and fusion of data, to maintain maximum battle space awareness.
"During this exercise, the P-8A also operated with the KC-30A in an air-to-air refuelling role - this integration allowed the P-8A to achieve longer times on station and more flexibility in tasking."
The P-8A Poseidon's tasks for the exercise included air-maritime integration activities with Navy destroyer HMAS Hobart – enabled by the KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport.
The land-based scenarios were supported by C-130J Hercules from No. 37 Squadron, which provided insertion, resupply and extraction of combat control teams.
United States Air Force exchange pilot Major Mike Warzinski aboard a Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A during a refuelling mission as part of Exercise Diamond Seas 2022.
According to Exercise director Group Captain Matthew Harper, the Diamond series of exercises enhanced and promoted Air Force’s interoperability with Navy, Army and international partners.
"AWIC22 encompasses a range of academic activities and practical exercises that expose the candidates to complex scenarios," GPCAPT Harper said.
"The course is tailored to meet the specific requirements of Air Force capability, aimed at broadening and improving their skills, graduating knowledgeable, approachable and expert warfighters.
"Establishing high-end war fighting scenarios ensures that on completion, the air warfare instructors can apply their newly developed skills in assisting Air Force to deliver air power as part of the joint force."
Exercise Diamond Seas took place throughout February along the east coast of Australia and included Air Force, Navy and Army integrating as a joint force to deliver high-end war fighting scenarios in the maritime and land environments.
Air Force aircraft and personnel operated from RAAF Bases Amberley, East Sale, Edinburgh, Richmond, Townsville and Williamtown, while Air Warfare Centre led the uniformed and non-uniformed adversary teams at the Shoalwater Bay training area in central Queensland.
Diamond Shield will be the second of the AWIC training exercises occurring off the east coast of Australia, followed by Exercise Diamond Storm in the Northern Territory.
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