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July 18, 2013
A show of tactical skill
THE spectacle of four C-130J
Hercules flying low over New
South Wales on June 21 represent-
ed an important step for 37SQN.
During a four-hour sortie, the
C-130Js practised their formation
flying skills along a 1100km route,
simulating an airdrop at low level.
The mission represented the
C-130J's move towards taking on
more of the tactical airlift roles
left vacant by the retirement of the
C-130H in late 2012.
CO 37SQN WGCDR Darren
Goldie said the formation allowed
senior C-130J pilot FLTLT John
Calvert to become qualified to lead
a multi-formation crew.
"It was also an opportunity to
expose the more junior formation
crews at the unit to multi-element
formation procedures," WGCDR
The majority of the C-130Js'
missions are solitary flights, mean-
ing little opportunity for crews to
practice formation flying, which is
required in some missions.
"As the Air Force's primary
tactical air mobility platform,
the C-130J is required to be able
to safely and effectively insert or
resupply Defence personnel any-
where in our region of interest,"
WGCDR Goldie said.
"In a threat environment, this
requires a concentration of force to
the drop or landing zones, and this
is most effectively achieved using
"This squadron has worked
hard to regain this skill set in our
crews, and will further develop it
over the coming years."
The success of the June 21 mis-
sion went beyond the aircrew. The
Air Mobility Control Centre care-
fully planned 37SQN's workload
to ensure sufficient C-130Js were
available. The 37SQN maintenance
teams worked hard to ensure five
aircraft -- four C-130Js and a spare
were available for the mission.
Taking into account aircraft in
the Middle East, 37SQN flew nine
C-130Js that day, with the
remaining three aircraft in sched-
At 2.30am on June 21, the
maintenance teams pre-flighted the
five Hercules. Shortly after 5am
the aircrew walked out to their
The spare C-130J was called
in when one of the aircraft had
difficulty starting an engine, and
as dawn broke at RAAF Base
Richmond, the hum of 16 Rolls
Royce turboprops could be heard
across the base.
Departing Richmond indi-
vidually, the C-130Js joined as a
four-ship at Coonabarabran and
descended to 250ft above ground
A simulated threat area in the
high country near Orange required
careful flying by crews before they
conducted a simulated airdrop of
paratroops and cargo near Young.
They then flew east for the
coastline, past Sydney Heads
and to the Blue Mountains,
before returning to RAAF Base
The formation's return was
enthusiastically met by the remain-
ing 37SQN members on the
"The response to the formation
at 37SQN is exactly what you'd
expect; pride in a difficult job done
well," WGCDR Goldie said.
"It also serves as a very visual
statement of where the Squadron is
moving, and I think there's a lot of
optimism at the moment
It serves as a very visual statement
of where the squadron is moving,
and I think there's a lot of
optimism at the moment as well.
-- WGCDR Darren Goldie, CO 37SQN
SGT Dave Morley
A FORMER Royal Military
College graduate who left
Duntroon as a Royal Australian
Corp Transport lieutenant in 1976
recently returned to be commis-
sioned as the new Anglican Bishop
of the ADF.
Bishop Ian Lambert received
the appointment at the Anzac
Memorial Chapel of St Paul on
July 5, after two decades in the
Army and two with the Anglican
He said he was excited about
"I can see, with 20/20 hind-
sight, how God has been moving
in and through my life and I can
see how this is the right time and
the right appointment for me," he
"I trust I can serve the Defence
Bishop Lambert said while
he came into the job with excite-
ment, he also came in with a lack
"Things have changed so much
since I left the Army," he said. "I
understand the culture but not the
mechanisms within, so I've got a
fairly steep learning curve there,"
"I did Exercise Long Look with
the British Army of the Rhine, but
I think the highlight of my career
was the posting to Puckapunyal. I
became a Christian there and had
the pleasure of integrating my faith
with my life and my work."
Bishop Lambert said he
became an authorised lay minister
"We ran a youth group minis-
try there for all the teenage kids,"
he said. "We called it TOPS --
Teenagers of Pucka -- and worked
on the basis these kids had noth-
"We provided them with enter-
tainment and fun and shared the
gospel with them."
Bishop Lambert said he was
putting together a visits sched-
ule to all the bases and chaplains
"Hopefully I'll get most of
that in by the end of the year,"
he said. "I would also like to go
to Afghanistan before the troops
As the new chief minister and
pastor within the Defence com-
munity, his role is to guard the
faith, promote unity, discipline and
the mission of the church in all
Defence units and communities, at
home and overseas.
Bishop Lambert was previ-
ously the regional bishop for
the NSW South Coast, Southern
Monaro and Snowy as well as
being rector of the Anglican parish
of Batemans Bay.
Right job at the right time
EXCITED: Reverend Ian Lambert is
enthusiastic about his appointment
as the Anglican Bishop of the ADF.
Photo: LS Helen Frank
HIGH FLIERS: Three
C-130J Hercules from
37SQN fly in formation
past the Sydney coastline.
Photos: CPL Amanda Campbell
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