Australian Army helicopters will be seen flying over the Gold Coast and Brisbane from 13 March 2018 as part of the Australian Defence Force’s support to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
CAPTION: Queensland Police Service Special Emergency Response Team tactical operators await the all-clear signal during familiarisation drills with an Australian Army MRH90 helicopter in preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo by Sergeant W Guthrie.
Army helicopters will provide Queensland Police and partner organisations additional flexibility and agility to respond to a range of security situations.
Commander of the ADF’s support to the Games Major General Paul McLachlan said locals and visitors could expect to see Army helicopters flying over the Gold Coast in the lead-up to, and during, the games.
“Army helicopters will be flying during the day and night starting with familiarisation training before the games commence,” Major General McLachlan said.
“The rehearsals will help minimise the impact to the public should the Army be called on to support the Queensland Police response to an incident during the games.
“The Multi Role Helicopter ‘Taipan’, or MRH90, is the workhorse of Army Aviation and is well suited to ADF activities in support of the Queensland Police during the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Major General McLachlan said.
“ADF support to the Queensland Police Service is an important component of the Australian government’s overall security arrangements for the Commonwealth Games.”