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FLTLT Skye Smith
WITH two more F/A-18F Super Hor-
nets arriving at RAAF Base Amberley
on August 3, the Rhino fleet is nearly
The arrival of A44-219 and A44-220
brings the total strength to 20 Super
Hornets, with the last four to be deliv-
ered by the end of October this year
from Boeing's production line in St
Louis, Missouri, US.
OC 82WG GPCAPT Steve
Roberton said there was excitement
about the new capabilities the Rhinos
were bringing to the fleet.
"The Super Hornet is going to be
a true force multiplier for us, with
its ability to seamlessly transmit data
off-board from its advanced sensors to
our classic Hornets," he said.
The sense of occasion was not
lost on CO 6SQN WGCDR Terence
Deeth who has first-hand experience
of bringing the Rhinos to their new
home. He led the previous three new
jets home in July.
"It was a special moment indeed
to overfly Brisbane, Ipswich and
Amberley for the very first time
in one of the new Super Hornets,"
WGCDR Deeth said.
The last five jets to arrive in
Australia were crewed by 6SQN.
"The 6SQN aircrew, maintainers
and support personnel were busy from
day one of the deployment," WGCDR
"We proceeded to fly a series
of sorties in the local training areas
around Lemoore in California to
refresh the aircrew in air-to-air refu-
elling techniques, but also to shake-
down the new fighters and in particu-
lar their fuel systems."
He said it was a proud and exciting
time for 6SQN and the Air Force's air
combat community in general.
"There's no doubt that these lat-
est ferry activities are an important
milestone towards our full operational
WGCDR Deeth said the success
of the latest ferry was testament to the
great team effort of all involved.
The Super Hornet project remains
on budget and on time. Initial
Operational Capability was achieved
on December 8, 2010, after the retire-
ment of the F-111.
HOME SWEET HOME:
One of one latest
new Super Hornets
arrives at RAAF Base
Photo: CPL Andrew Eddie
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