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90TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
raft, the RAAF has
an of the nation.
waged war against the communist
insurgents in south Vietnam.
Before Saigon fell in April 1975,
RAAF Hercules flew humanitarian
relief for Vietnamese civilians dis-
placed by the fighting.
Between 1976 and 1986, RAAF
helicopter detachments twice formed
part of UN and multinational efforts
to monitor Israeli-Egyptian peace
arrangements in the Sinai desert.
Although Australia ended its per-
manent air presence in Malaysia in
1988, the RAAF continues to provide
military assistance, at a distance,
across the Asia-Pacific region.
The RAAF provided military sup-
port and took part in work-up exer-
cises with the Royal Australian Navy
during the first Gulf War.
Since 2001 the RAAF has con-
tributed to operations in Afghanistan,
including airlift into and out of theatre,
supporting units from Kyrgyzstan,
controlling airspace over Kandahar,
gathering intelligence over Taliban
fighters and operating unmanned air-
craft in support of ground troops.
During the 2003 Iraq War, F/A-
18s from 75SQN conducted the first
Australian combat bombing missions
since Vietnam. As the irregular war in
Iraq developed, RAAF personnel were
deployed to help maintain security in
Iraq until the Australian contribution
was no longer required in late 2009.
Over the past 20 years, RAAF
personnel and aircraft have conducted
peace and humanitarian operations
in Cambodia, Somalia, Rwanda, East
Timor, Bougainville, the Solomon
Islands and Indonesia. The RAAF has
also provided humanitarian assistance
after natural disasters across Australia.
In 90 years, the RAAF has grown
into a mature and valued institu-
tion. As a guardian of the nation, the
RAAF's professionalism in the appli-
cation of air power helps to guarantee
Australia's defence, security and well-
being and will do so for many years
This year is indeed a time to
remember, with pride, the record of
the RAAF in war and in peace.
conduct maintenance on Douglas Boston bomber in the Pacific theatre in WWII.
Photo: RAAF Museum
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney Wasps
Combat range: 1706km
Armament: 990kg bombs or torpedos, guns
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