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AIR FORCE November 26, 2009
By FLTLT Skye Smith
FIGHTER jets have taken to
the skies for this year's East Coast
Air Defence Exercise (ECADEX
09) off the coast of NSW.
The exercise began on
November 16 and will wrap up on
Commander Air Combat
Group AIRCDRE Neil Hart said
ECADEX 09 was a vital training
exercise for Air Force personnel
to maintain operational capabil-
ity and to practise key air defence
"The exercise also provides an
opportunity for Air Force person-
nel to practise their skills at main-
taining the integrity of Australian
air space and protecting vital infra-
structure, such as a shipping port
or an airfield," he said.
The majority of aircraft and
personnel are operating out of
their home bases at RAAF Bases
Williamtown and Amberley, with
exercise flying conducted over
water from Newcastle to Evans
The exercise scenario is
designed to test both passive and
active air defence capabilities
where a Blue friendly force will
protect the integrity of Australian
air space and vital infrastructure
against attack from a Red oppos-
"Passive air defence measures
involve practising procedures
where aircraft and surveillance
assets are required to positively
identify all traffic within the des-
ignated airspace, while active air
defence measures involve main-
taining air exclusion zones,"
AIRCDRE Hart said.
OC 82WG GPCAPT Peter
Lloyd is commanding the exercise
Red forces, which are located at
Amberley and launching simulat-
ed attacks on targets that the Blue
force needs to protect.
Up to 28 jets from Amberley,
Williamtown and Tindal are partic-
ipating in the air defence exercise.
Red Forces at Amberley include
F-111s, while Blue Forces located
at Williamtown include Hornets
and Hawk 127 Lead-in fighters.
Air Defence elements from
41WG are operating from Port
Macquarie and Evans Head.
See next edition for a full wrap-up
of the exercise.
ECADEX takes flight
By FLTLT Skye Smith
SIX pilots from 2 Operational Conversion Unit
(2OCU) are being put through their paces in Exer-
cise High Sierra (HS09-2) as they prepare to gradu-
ate as the Air Force's newest fighter pilots.
HS09-2 began at Townsville on November 23 and
aims to convert fighter pilots from the Hawk 127
Lead-in fighter to the F/A-18. The exercise ends on
More than 150 personnel and up to 12 F/A-18s and
PC-9s are participating in the training activity, which is
being conducted in the Shoalwater Bay and Townsville
field training areas.
The exercise allows Air Force to maintain its key
capabilities such as the performance of precision strike
It provides participants with high complexity air
combat training opportunities for Air Combat Group to
test and practise its deployment capabilities so that it
can operate away from its home base when necessary.
CO 2OCU WGCDR David Smith said the exercise
was the culmination of six months of intensive training
on the F/A-18 for his students.
"Exercise High Sierra provides important training
for all aircrew and ground crew in deployed operations
and should result in the graduation of new operational
fighter pilots," WGCDR Smith said.
"The squadron is looking forward to returning
to Townsville on deployment this year. We all have
fond memories of the region from previous exercises.
Townsville is a great place to operate from."
The exercise represents the last three weeks
of the F/A-18 operational conversion course for
FLGOFFs Paul Anderton, Michael Bailes, Shaun
Hayles, Tobias Liddy-Puccini, Ben Monaghan and
FAST EXERCISE: An F/A-18 is readied to fly.
Photo: LAC Mark Friend
Pilots tested on
Ex High Sierra
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