Australia — Air Force hosts international strategic dialogue

Chief of Air Force, Air Mar­shal (AIRMSHL) Mark Bin­skin, has host­ed his coun­ter­parts from the Unit­ed States, Unit­ed King­dom and Cana­da for a series of key strate­gic meet­ings in Aus­tralia.

The Air Force Four Par­ty dia­logue cov­ered issues of shared strate­gic inter­est includ­ing Afghanistan oper­a­tions, cur­rent and emerg­ing air­craft and space capa­bil­i­ties, and oppor­tu­ni­ties for future train­ing coop­er­a­tion and engage­ment.

Gen­er­al Nor­ton A. Schwartz, Chief of Staff, US Air Force, Air Chief Mar­shal Sir Stephen Dal­ton, Chief of Air Staff, Roy­al Air Force, and Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Andre Deschamps, Chief of Air Staff, Canada’s Air Force, attend­ed the dia­logue.

RAAF has very well estab­lished ties with the US, UK, and Cana­di­an Air Forces. How­ev­er this is a rare oppor­tu­ni­ty for the four Air Force Chiefs to meet and update each oth­er on strate­gic lev­el issues and dis­cuss how we approach future chal­lenges,” AIRMSHL Bin­skin said.

The pre­vi­ous Air Force Four Par­ty dia­logue was con­duct­ed in the UK in 2008.

“All four nations con­tin­ue to make sig­nif­i­cant oper­a­tional con­tri­bu­tions in Afghanistan. Each del­e­ga­tion brought impor­tant per­spec­tives and lessons learnt from recent oper­a­tions that will be cru­cial in shap­ing how we work in future.”

“The dia­logue also focussed on cur­rent and emerg­ing capa­bil­i­ties. RAAF’s fleet includes air­craft also oper­at­ed by the UK, US and Cana­da, such as the C‑17 Globe­mas­ter and C‑130 Her­cules. RAAF, like Canada’s Air Force, oper­ates the Heron remote­ly pilot­ed air­craft in Afghanistan. Addi­tion­al­ly all four coun­tries have iden­ti­fied the Joint Strike Fight­er as a key ele­ment of their future air com­bat capa­bil­i­ty.”

The pro­gram includ­ed vis­its to Joint Oper­a­tions Com­mand at Bun­gen­dore, and RAAF Base Williamtown where the vis­it­ing Air Force Chiefs received updates on new RAAF capa­bil­i­ties, includ­ing the Wed­getail, F/A‑18F Super Hor­net and the KC-30A mul­ti-role tanker trans­port air­craft.

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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