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November 11, 2010
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To see a defence
NUMBER 2 Squadron's Wedgetail air-
craft has deployed to Japan and South
Korea for the first time.
From October 15 to 24, a squadron
Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and
Control (AEW&C) aircraft deployed to
Japan's Hamamatsu Air Base and the
Republic of Korea's Kimhae Air Base
as part of a goodwill visit.
CO 2SQN WGCDR Luke Stoodley
said it was the highlight of his three
years at the squadron.
"Just six months after accepting
the [AEW&C] capability, to take on
a significant overseas achievement
such as this, it's a credit to 42WG, the
AEW&C Systems Project Office and
the project team," he said.
The aircraft arrived in time for the
Hamamatsu Air Show.
FLTLT David Lee said they were
treated like royalty by the Japanese.
"The air show was fantastic and
very different to our air shows back
home, and a highlight of this event was
the handling display from the E-767,"
The Boeing E-767 is Japan's ver-
sion of the AEW&C aircraft.
The Republic of Korea has commit-
ted to buying a similar capability to the
Wedgetail. The Koreans showed a keen
interest in the aircraft, as they are yet
to see their own four aircraft, which
are due by 2012.
Both the aircrew and maintain-
ers from both countries were keen to
examine the RAAF's new capability.
"It was an opportunity to inter-
act with the Republic of Korea Air
Force (ROKAF) and Japanese Air
Self Defense Force (JASDF) to estab-
lish working relationships and foster
goodwill between our air forces," OC
42WG GPCAPT Stephen Meredith
"The visits further demonstrated a
broadening and strengthening of our
good relationships with both South
Korea and Japan and identified poten-
tial opportunities for future coopera-
"I was proud to see the first 42WG
overseas deployment, and the crew
were put through a packed schedule."
Among the busy schedule were a
range of briefings and social activities.
The social activities included offi-
cial dinners in both countries, and in
Japan, a very competitive volleyball
match as well as a tea ceremony.
INSIDE STORY: Above, FLTLT
Nick Gilbert discusses the
layout of the Wedgetail cockpit
with MAJ Jung Bongkwan who
is a pilot with the Republic of
Korea Air Force; right (from left),
WGCDR Luke Stoodley with Vice
Commander COL Satch and
COL Morita at Hamamatsu Air
Base in Japan.
Photos: LAC Craig Barrett
JOIN THE QUEUE: Members of the Japanese
Air Self Defense Force line up to have a look
through the 2SQN aircraft at Hamamatsu Air
Base in Japan.
WELCOME ABOARD: A
Japanese airman about to inspect
the inside of 2SQN's Wedgetail.
TEA FOR TWO: FLTLTs Adam
Paull and David Lee experience
a traditional tea ceremony during
a visit to Hamamatsu Air Base in
ALL TOGETHER NOW: 2SQN's Wedgetail alongside the Japanese
E-767 and E-2 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft with
members of the AWC group during their goodwill visit.
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