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INDONESIA and Australia reaf-
firmed their commitment to coop-
erative airlift at Exercise Rajawali
The latest exercise was held at
RAAF Base Darwin from December
1 to 6, involving a C-130H from
37SQN and a C-130H-30 from
Indonesia's 31SQN at Halim
Perdanakusuma Air Base in Jakarta.
Exercise Rajawali Ausindo 11
was part of a series of exercises
focused on airman-level exchanges
of ideas and practices.
Commander Air Lift Group
AIRCDRE Gary Martin said both
countries developed strong ties
through their cooperation.
"These strong ties are evident
when both countries worked togeth-
er in airlift missions, such as during
humanitarian assistance and disaster
relief operations," AIRCDRE Martin
"It is also an opportunity for Air
Forces to gain a better understand-
ing of each other's capability, safety
practices, and methods of operation.
"Air lift is a critical capabil-
ity within this region, as the respec-
tive experiences of Indonesia and
The Hercules is an essential part
of Indonesia's air arm. With 17,500
islands and a population of 238 mil-
lion people, Indonesia requires its
THE maiden international voyage by a
RAAF KC-30A has been flown.
At the Langkawi International
Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA)
exhibition in Malaysia, 33SQN show-
cased Air Force's newest tanker air-
craft before 125,000 people in early
The KC-30A made the 8½-hour
flight from RAAF Base Amberley on
December 1, marking the first of many
From 2013, the KC-30A is expect-
ed to be a regular visitor to Malaysia
as 33SQN participates in exer-
cises under the Five Power Defence
While at LIMA, members of
33SQN were met by Royal Malaysian
Air Force Chief GEN Tan Sri Dato' Sri
Rodzali bin Daud.
The KC-30A was viewed by CAF
AIRMSHL Geoff Brown and CN
VADM Ray Griggs, along with for-
eign air forces and members of the
Participation in LIMA also pro-
vided 33SQN with vital experience in
deploying the KC-30A abroad.
A-Flight commander 33SQN
SQNLDR Dave Strong said the
KC-30A had made its first trip away
from Amberley in late November,
overnighting at RAAF Base Darwin.
"For our crew, we practised all of
our standing instructions and operat-
ing procedures with the aircraft,"
SQNLDR Strong said.
"We did this in a staged fashion
-- Darwin for a domestic task, and
then Malaysia for international -- and
proved all of our standing instructions
and procedures work."
SQNLDR Strong said the task of
bringing the KC-30A to Malaysia
was greatly assisted by members of
324 Combat Support Squadron, who
engaged with local authorities to sup-
port 33SQN needs.
Hercules to respond quickly to cri-
ses in often remote areas.
SQNLDR Cameron Clark served
as detachment commander for
Exercise Rajawali Ausindo 11, hav-
ing participated with the C-130J in
2008 in Jakarta.
"For me it was good to be able
to reciprocate and show them
the hospitality from Australia,"
SQNLDR Clark said.
"The spate of natural disasters
that our region suffered certainly
shows how important it is for coop-
eration, and this exercise is an inval-
uable part of that.
"The Indonesians were quite
interested in our safety and air-
worthiness systems, as well as the
organisational structure of 37SQN
and in particular how we've man-
aged to cope with increasing opera-
"There's a lot of insight that we
get in to operating in the Indonesian
archipelago, and procedures the
Indonesians utilise quite regularly."
This includes the practice of free
drop, where the C-130 will fly low
and slow and deliver food stock
without parachutes. The practice is
often used by Indonesia during dis-
"We are looking forward to the
next Rajawali Ausindo, which is
due to be held in Bali later in 2012,"
SQNLDR Clark said.
"We intend to expand the exer-
cise to incorporate other elements
of tactical airlift such as search
and rescue, free drop and combat
Airlift expertise shared again
Tanker's first outing
"It would have been a very onerous
task to do that ourselves," SQNLDR
Likewise, a contingent of six air-
field defence guards from 2 Airfield
Defence Squadron supplemented the
existing security at Langkawi to ensure
the KC-30A was secure at all times.
While 33SQN showcased a
KC-30A in Malaysia, trial flights
continued back in Australia with a
second aircraft, with initial opera-
tional capability targeted for late this
"We were able to show that we
could operate one aircraft in Langkawi
and another aircraft back home -- even
in this early stage, it was a great dem-
onstration of our capability," SQNLDR
UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT:
GEN Tan Sri Dato' Sri
Rodzali bin Daud and
SQNLDR David Strong
speak to Malaysian media.
Left, the RAAF KC-30A
tanker on the tarmac
at Langkawi Airport in
Malaysia.Photos: Eamon Hamilton
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