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June 23, 2011
Combat control is
recruiting in 2011
EOI's out now submissions to
be completed by 31 JUL 2011
Recruiting from Airmen
through Officer Rank-
LAC to FLTLT
WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY?
FURTHER INFORMATION AT:
THE strong links between RAAF Base Amber-
ley and the Ipswich community were further
strengthened on June 5 with the official open-
ing of the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage
The new Heritage Centre, the second to be
opened after that at RAAF Base Wagga, fea-
tures a range of displays, including a WWII
Boston Bomber, a Vietnam-era Canberra bomber,
Caribou aircraft, Sabre and Mirage fighter jets, an F-111,
and Sioux and Iroquois helicopters.
The Heritage Centre is housed in two hangars, and
is expected to grow as more aircraft and artefacts are
restored and placed on display.
More than 800 people visited the centre on the first
two public open days -- June 12 and 13 -- and centre
OIC SQNLDR Dennis Deering was delighted.
"There were a few minor logistic challenges, given
the Heritage Centre is behind the wire at Amberley
but, with volunteer drivers and some small buses, we
were able to give 314 people the opportunity to absorb
aviation history on Sunday and then a further 522 on
Monday," SQNLDR Deering said.
The most popular exhibit was the recently retired
F-111, together with the F-111 crew module which car-
ried retired aircrew AVM Dave Rogers and AIRCDRE
Peter Growder to safety when an engine fire forced
them to eject near Auckland in 1978.
Another exhibit which attracted a great deal of inter-
est was a wooden propeller blade, carved for and pre-
sented by the survivors of the Hospital Ship Centaur to
71SQN in gratitude for the role of the Anson crew who
discovered them drifting on the water after their ship
was sunk by a Japanese submarine during WWII.
The Heritage Centre is managed by Air Force and
staffed by reservists and volunteers from the Ipswich and
Brisbane community. Entry is free.
Initially, it will be open to the public from 9am to
3pm on the second Sunday of each month, and for com-
munity groups between 9am and 3pm on Tuesdays and
Thursdays by arrangement.
a Caribou as the
addresses the patrons
at the official opening
of the RAAF Amberley
Centre. Inset, visitors
look through one of
the display hangars.
Photos: LAC Dan Pinhorn
PERSONNEL deployed on operations in
the MEAO are to get enhanced protection
against improvised explosive devices and
indirect rocket and mortar attacks. The
Commonwealth Government has signed
a $133 million contract with Thales
Australia for the acquisition of 101 new
Bushmaster vehicles and the provision of
the Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar
(C-RAM) radar to a number of patrol
bases across Uruzgan province, as well
as at Tarin Kot during the remainder of
the year. The C-RAM system provides
advanced warning of impending rocket
and mortar attacks against bases, provid-
ing extra time for people to take cover.
The vehicles will be fitted with MEAO
protection kits and protected weapons
stations. They will be constructed in
Bendigo and delivered over the next 18
NAVY is to receive a new fleet of heli-
copters after the government approved
the purchase of 24 US MH-60R Seahawk
Romeo naval helicopters for the service.
The decision follows a 15-month com-
petitive acquisition process involving the
MH-60R and the NH90 NFH helicopter.
It will provide both advanced anti-sub-
marine warfare (ASW) and air-to-surface
missile (ASM) attack capabilities, car-
rying both the Mk 54 ASW torpedo and
Hellfire ASM. The first two helicopters
will arrive in mid-2014 for testing and
evaluation with operations expected to
commence in mid-2015. Eight will be
deployed aboard major fleet units and the
others will be based at HMAS Albatross.
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