Singapore Hercules training at RAAF Base Richmond

The Australian Defence Force is supporting the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) as it conducts air mobility training from RAAF Base Richmond.

FILE PHOTO (May 2023): Soldiers from the Australian Army’s 176 Air Dispatch Squadron work with Air Terminal Company, 3 Singapore Armed Forces Transport Battalion, during a Republic of Singapore Air Force C-130 training sortie. Photo by Aircraftwoman Maddison Scott.

Training commenced on 27 April and will run until 4 June.

As part of this now annual RSAF training, a Singaporean C-130H Hercules transport aircraft and approximately 140 Singaporean personnel are undertaking flying activity including airdrop and parachute operations over western Sydney, the Blue Mountains and regional New South Wales.

The training involves day and night flying on weekdays, and flying at low level in airspace and airfields commonly used by RAAF aircraft.

There is no planned weekend flying activity.

The ADF is supplying assistance in the form of airbase-operations support, air traffic control services and other logistical and operational support.

ADF jumpers, parachutes and aircraft will not be involved.

Commander of Australia’s Air Mobility Group Air Commodore Bradley Clarke said the training detachment would allow RAAF and Australian Army members to engage closely with RSAF personnel.

“Our support allows us to more easily integrate with Singapore in future, and positively contributes to Singapore’s own security,” Air Commodore Clarke said.

“Singapore has provided air mobility support to humanitarian-assistance and disaster-relief operations throughout the region, including to Australia during floods and bushfires.”

 

 


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