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June 24, 2010
N UMBER 33 Squadron's new
Squadron Standard was awarded
and consecrated with pomp and
ceremony at a Vice Regal parade at
RAAF Base Amberley on June 2.
A Standard is awarded to a unit
by the reigning sovereign in recog-
nition of its 25 years of faithful and
The Standard was inscribed with
33SQN's battle honours, Moresby
1943, Markham Valley 1943-
1944, Morotai, Pacific 1943-1945,
Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea and
Queensland Governor Penelope
Wensley reviewed the parade,
which was attended by Air
Commander Australia AVM Mark
Skidmore, Commander Combat
Support Group AIRCDRE Noddy
Sawade, Commander Air Lift
Group AIRCDRE John Oddie and
GPCAPT Noel Derwort, Director
of the KC-30A Transition Team.
The parade was also watched by
veterans of 33SQN.
CO 33SQN WGCDR Guy
Wilson was the parade commander.
Ms Wensley inspected the
parade, escorted by WGCDR
After the Standard was officially
draped across the drums, the offi-
ciating chaplains, AIRCDRE Peter
O'Keefe, AIRCDRE Murray Earl
and GPCAPT Kevin Russell, bless-
ed the Standard and the squadron.
The Governor then addressed
the attendees. After welcoming the
squadron back to Queensland, she
spoke about the service and sacri-
fice of 33SQN during the war and
subsequently in peacetime.
"Although we are honouring
today the long journey that the his-
tory of 33SQN represents, it seems
especially fitting that the conse-
cration of this Standard is taking
place when the squadron is about
to make a major new contribution
to our armed forces capability, with
the arrival and operation of the new
Multi-Role Tanker Transport air-
craft," Ms Wensley said.
"This is an exciting develop-
ment and even more exciting for
Queensland that the squadron is
coming home and being located
here in Amberley."
After she had finished, with its
Standard proudly flying, the entire
squadron marched past in salute
The first of the KC-30As is due
to arrive by the end of 2010.
IT APPEARED to be raining troops
over Nowra on June 4, when an
entire course of parachute trainees
jumped out of a slow-moving C-17A.
The 36SQN aircraft was sup-
porting the Army Parachute Training
School (PTS) for the first time. It
was also the first jump for the sol-
diers on the course.
All 72 trainees and six staff and
instructors were able to be lifted
at once, with room to spare. This
feat would normally be achieved by
more than 10 loads on a typical PTS
The descents were conducted
from 1000ft using static line para-
chutes. The C-17A circled above the
Nowra region several times to com-
plete the task.
It's raining troops -- lots of them over Nowra thanks to a C-17
AWAY THEY GO: CO of Parachute Training
School at HMAS Albatross LTCOL Simon
Vellabonativa is first to jump out of the
Globemaster, above, followed by 72 of his
Photo: LSIS Kelvin Hockey
ROOM FOR ALL: Personnel from the Parachute Training School get comfy on the C-17A at the
Naval Air Station, HMAS Albatross.
Photo: WO2 Ralf Jaeger
for 33SQN SPICK AND SPAN: Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley inspects the
parade with the Parade Commander, CO 33SQN WGCDR Guy Wilson at
RAAF Base Amberley.
Photo: ACW Sandra Midson
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