Australia — C‑130 Hercules rotation returns home after successful deployment

The lat­est rota­tion of the Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force’s C‑130 Her­cules detach­ment to the Mid­dle East has been recog­nised by the Act­ing Chief of Air Force, Air Vice Mar­shal Geoff Brown.

Air Vice Mar­shal Brown said the 37 mem­bers of the detach­ment return­ing to Syd­ney today and last week pro­vid­ed sup­port to OPERATION SLIPPER and KRUGER dur­ing their deploy­ment.

“Their flex­i­bil­i­ty, adapt­abil­i­ty and ded­i­ca­tion to duty under dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances have con­tributed sig­nif­i­cant­ly to effec­tive oper­a­tions in the Mid­dle East, par­tic­u­lar­ly in Afghanistan,” Air Vice Mar­shal Brown said.

“The con­duct of the team has enhanced the ADF’s rep­u­ta­tion as a capa­ble and pro­fes­sion­al mil­i­tary force.

“Every mem­ber of the team should be jus­ti­fi­ably proud of their achieve­ments.”

The detach­ment main­ly from RAAF Base Rich­mond com­plet­ed 133 mis­sions involv­ing 349 sor­ties, lift­ing 6,924 pas­sen­gers and approx.1,170 met­ric tonnes of car­go.

Air Vice Mar­shal Brown paid spe­cial trib­ute to the main­tain­ers and admin­is­tra­tion staff who worked tire­less­ly to main­tain the Aus­tralian air­craft and the detach­ment at a high state of readi­ness dur­ing their deploy­ment.

“The com­mit­ment of the C‑130 detach­ments per­son­nel to main­tain their air­craft in such a high state of readi­ness is indica­tive of their pro­fes­sion­al­ism and ded­i­ca­tion to their task, “Air Vice Mar­shal Brown said.

“Their efforts have ensured the Aus­tralian C‑130 detach­ment is an inte­gral part of the ISAF oper­a­tions.”

Among the oth­er tasks the detach­ment pro­vid­ed sup­port to VIP vis­its and numer­ous short notice mis­sions includ­ing the move­ment of over 400 Afghan Nation­al Army sol­diers.

The next C‑130 detach­ment has begun flight oper­a­tions in the Mid­dle East.

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