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July 21, 2011
FLTLT Skye Smith
THREE F/A-18F Super Hornets
ended a 12,000km and five-day
journey across the Pacific when they
landed at RAAF Base Amberley on
Their arrival brings the Air
Force Super Hornet fleet to 18.
The remaining six Super
Hornets, colloquially known as
Rhinos, are due to be delivered by
the end of the year.
Defence Materiel Minister Jason
Clare was there to welcome the air-
"The Super Hornet is one of the
best fighter planes in the world and
is being delivered on budget and
ahead of schedule," Mr Clare said.
"They are potent fighting
machines that give our Air Force
the capability to conduct air-to-air
combat, to strike targets on land
and at sea, to suppress enemy air
defences and to conduct reconnais-
OC 82WG GPCAPT Steve
Roberton said the project remained
on time and the aircraft were "mak-
ing a tremendous addition to the Air
Force's air combat capability".
"The combined efforts of
the Air Force, Defence Materiel
Organisation, United States Navy,
Boeing and the Hornet Industry
team have contributed to achieving
The first Super Hornets arrived
in Australia in March 2010 and
have been progressively intro-
duced into service over the past 18
This latest batch, the fourth, has
been wired for later conversion to
EA-18G Growler, if required by the
GPCAPT Roberton said: "The
Government's decision to pre-
wire 12 of the Super Hornets for
EA-18G configuration provides for
potential electronic suppression
capabilities that may need to be
developed as technology and secu-
rity needs change."
The Super Hornet is a highly
capable, battle proven, multi-role air-
craft that has already proved its effec-
tiveness in service with the US Navy.
Its flexibility will enhance
Australia's air combat capability,
through maritime and land strike,
suppression of enemy air defence,
reconnaissance, air-to-air combat
and close air support.
Three more Rhinos
"The Super Hornets have been
performing to expectation, which
is testament to everyone involved
in flying, maintaining and sup-
porting the jets," GPCAPT
"The whole Super Hornet team is
focused on working towards achiev-
ing Final Operational Capability and
bringing the last jets home."
The first Rhinos reached
Initial Operational Capability on
December 8 last year.
The Super Hornets partici-
pated in their first overseas exer-
cise in May when they deployed
to Exercise Bersama Shield in
Malaysia, which brought them
another step closer to declaring
Final Operational Capability in
The Super Hornets will ensure
Australia's air combat capability is
maintained until the full introduc-
tion into service of the Joint Strike
HIGH PRAISE: CO 6SQN WGCDR
Terence Deeth with Defence
Materiel Minister Jason Clare
and Federal Member for Blair, Mr
Shayne Neumann MP, with the new
jets at RAAF Base Amberley.
Photo: LAC Dan Pinhorn
DADDY S HOME: Weapons System
Officer FLTLT Dave Murphy is welcomed
by daughter Emma after his safe arrival.
Photo: LACW Kylie Gibson
WELCOME: The three new arrivals taxi after arriving at Amberley.
Photo: LAC Benjamin Evans
SUPER SATISFACTION: The 6SQN aircrew are all smiles back on home soil after flying the three
new Super Hornets across the Pacific.
Photo: LACW Kylie Gibson
DADDY'S HOME: Weapons System
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