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What followed was an around
the clock effort to transport supplies,
personnel and equipment throughout
Japan, alongside counterparts from
the Japan Air Self Defense Force
(JASDF) and US military.
The C-17A flew to Kadena Air
Base on the island of Okinawa to pick
up members of the JASDF's 15th
Brigade, their vehicles and equipment,
and transport them to the mainland to
assist in the disaster relief effort.
The commander of the Australian
contingent, WGCDR David Howard,
said the mission required loading
the aircraft with whatever the 15th
Brigade deemed necessary for the
relief effort, such as trucks, trailers
"The C-17A gives us the oppor-
tunity to lift quite a large payload a
long way in a fairly short time, so it
was crucial in moving those forces
around," WGCDR Howard said.
Just as poor weather hampered res-
cue efforts in affected communities, it
also challenged Australian crews.
During one mission, a C-17A flew
through extremely difficult flying con-
ditions to Japan's snowbound northern
island of Hokkaido to ferry more than
45 tonnes of drinking water back to
Aircraft loadmaster SGT Derek
Long said that, given the ice and snow
on take-off at Hokkaido combined
with a heavy load of humanitarian aid,
it was one of the best examples of fly-
ing he had experienced in a C-17A.
"It was fulfilling to rise above
challenging circumstances and know
that the job we did made a very big
difference to the effort in Japan," he
On March 22 and 23, a pair of
C-17As transported a remotely-oper-
ated water cannon system from RAAF
Base Pearce to Yokota Air Force Base.
The US bought the equipment
from Bechtel Corporation especially
for the mission.
The equipment will assist Japan's
efforts at the Fukushima 1 Nuclear
The unique load required coopera-
tion between AMTDU and 36SQN to
be safely transported.
On the night of March 22, all of
the squadron's C-17As were deployed
CO 36SQN WGCDR Paul Long
said this represented a whole-of-
"One of the aircraft had been con-
ducting operations in the MEAO and
was re-tasked to RAAF Base Pearce
to assist in the movement of the water
cannon to Japan," he said.
"Flying between two theatres in
two days proves the versatility of the
aircraft and of 36SQN.
"Not since the Korean War has
the squadron had the bulk of the unit
deployed to Japan."
WGCDR Long thanked the
maintenance and aircrew workforce
at 36SQN for their dedication and
acknowledged the support and under-
standing of their families left at home
in what had been a very busy time.
At the time of going to print, the
last C-17A and personnel deployed
on Operation Pacific Assist were due
home on March 25.
ON THE WAY: Above, members
from 1AOSS measure the height
of the luggage pallets to ensure
they will fit on to the C-17A
headed for Japan from RAAF
Photo: CPL Amanda Campbell
HEAVY TRANSPORT: Left,
a JASDF vehicle in Okinawa
is loaded on to a C-17A for
transportation to the mainland.
Photo: CPL Raymond Vance
PREPARATION: Loadmaster WOFF
Brent Cooper reconfigures floor panels
in a C-17A cargo hold at Yokota Air
Photo: SGT Brent Tero
READY TO GO: Queensland Search
and Rescue dog Freyer sits at the feet
of her handler, Chris Purcill, at RAAF
Base Amberley as they wait to board a
C-17A bound for Japan.
Photo: LACW Rosaleen Normoyle
'It was fulfilling to rise
above the challenging
know that the job
we did made a very
big difference to the
effort in Japan.
-- SGT Derek Long
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