Australia — Chinook helicopters return to operations in Afghanistan

The Aus­tralian Defence Force’s CH-47 “Chi­nook” heli­copters returned to duty in South­ern Afghanistan, pro­vid­ing medi­um lift trans­port capa­bil­i­ty to Aus­tralian and Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force (ISAF) units.

The heli­copters will be oper­at­ed by the men and women of Rotary Wing Group 7 (RWG 7) who recent­ly com­menced their deploy­ment to Afghanistan in sup­port of Oper­a­tion SLIPPER.

Com­man­der of Australia’s Joint Task Force 633 in the Mid­dle East, Major Gen­er­al Stu­art Smith said the heli­copters were a major addi­tion to ISAF rotary wing capa­bil­i­ty in south­ern Afghanistan.

“The troops of Rotary Wing Group 7 are expe­ri­enced and their CH-47s are his­tor­i­cal­ly impor­tant heli­copters for sup­port­ing coali­tion forces – mov­ing thou­sands of pas­sen­gers and hun­dreds of thou­sands of tonnes of freight dur­ing their annu­al rota­tion,” Major Gen­er­al Smith said.

Embed­ded with the Unit­ed States 25th Com­bat Avi­a­tion Brigade, known as Task Force Wings, RWG 7 will pro­vide medi­um lift heli­copter sup­port to ISAF mis­sions through­out Uruz­gan, Daykun­di, Kan­da­har and Zab­ul Provinces.

Com­mand­ing Offi­cer of RWG 7, Lieu­tenant Colonel Scott Nicholls said the team was excit­ed to be back on oper­a­tions in sup­port of Aus­tralian and ISAF troops.

“Rotary Wing Group 7 had an exten­sive prepa­ra­tion before deploy­ing to Afghanistan, not only fly­ing but also con­duct­ing sim­u­la­tion activ­i­ties,” Lieu­tenant Colonel Nicholls said.

“Since being in Afghanistan, we’ve actu­al­ly con­duct­ed sig­nif­i­cant train­ing, local area famil­iari­sa­tion by day and night and inte­grat­ing with our US Task Force,” he added.

Tra­di­tion­al­ly, the two CH-47D heli­copters are dis­man­tled and trans­port­ed back to Aus­tralian for deep lev­el main­te­nance over the Afghan win­ter peri­od. This past win­ter, the heli­copters remained in Kan­da­har for sched­uled deep lev­el main­te­nance.

This result­ed in sav­ings by not break­ing the air­craft down for trans­port to Aus­tralia and as well as sav­ing fuel and fly­ing hours for Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force C‑17 air­craft.

The in-the­atre main­te­nance was super­vised by an expe­ri­enced team of Army tech­ni­cal per­son­nel to ensure it met strin­gent Aus­tralian tech­ni­cal air­wor­thi­ness require­ments.

RWG 7 is made up of approx­i­mate­ly 60 per­son­nel pri­mar­i­ly from the Townsville-based 5th Avi­a­tion Reg­i­ment and from across the ADF.

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

More news and arti­cles can be found on Face­book and Twit­ter.

Fol­low GlobalDefence.net on Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist GlobalDefence.net im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. GlobalDefenc.net war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →