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Growlers to deploy overseas for international exercise

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RAAF EA-18G Growler. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

Four EA-18G Growler aircraft and crews from Number 6 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley are preparing to deploy on their first international exercise.

Around 340 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel will deploy to Nevada to train in the world’s most complex air combat environment during Exercise Red Flag 18-1 from 29 January - 16 February.

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The RAAF personnel will support and participate in missions during the premier air combat exercise alongside counterparts from the US and the UK, reconstructing a modern and complex battlespace.

Deputy Exercise Director and RAAF Task Group Headquarters Commander, Group Captain Tim Alsop, said Red Flag is the pinnacle of advanced air warfare training.

"Every year the RAAF is invited to participate in Red Flag, we gain so much as an organisation in terms of how we train and also how we operate as a deployed force in a multi-national environment," GPCAPT Alsop said.

"The Growlers’ overseas deployment of to a multi-national exercise of this scale, a mere year after having been transferred to No. 6 Squadron, is an important milestone for both Air Combat Group and RAAF."

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An AP-3C Orion and an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft will also participate in Red Flag, along with a Control and Reporting Centre from 41 Wing to support airborne personnel and aircraft.

"During the exercise, participants will practice planning and executing day- and night-time missions, using large numbers of aircraft and ground systems, co-ordinated to overcome a considerable simulated adversary," said GPCAPT Alsop.

"This includes a range of air power roles for RAAF personnel, from air superiority and strike; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to electronic warfare. It provides a comprehensive training environment for aircrew, maintenance and support personnel alike."

Established in 1980 by the US Air Force, Exercise Red Flag provides personnel with an opportunity to experience a complex, modern and dynamic combat landscape.

"This exercise is about understanding our international partners, how we train and communicate together and further strengthening our interoperability and preparedness for real-time operations," GPCAPT Alsop said.

Growlers to deploy overseas for international exercise
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