Australia — Super Hornets ready for duty

Australia’s first squadron of F/A‑18F Super Hor­net fight­er jets is oper­a­tional and ready for duty fol­low­ing the arrival of four new air­craft at RAAF Base Amber­ley.

The Super Hor­nets will add to the fire pow­er of the RAAF, tak­ing Australia’s capa­bil­i­ty to the next gen­er­a­tion of fight­er plane. 

The fleet includes the first three of Australia’s Super Hor­nets to be con­fig­ured to accom­mo­date the Growler elec­tron­ic attack system. 

The Super Hor­nets will ensure Australia’s air com­bat capa­bil­i­ty is main­tained until the full intro­duc­tion into ser­vice of the Joint Strike Fighter. 

The fleet of Super Hor­nets has reached ini­tial oper­a­tional capa­bil­i­ty on time and on budget. 

The com­bined efforts of the Unit­ed States Navy, Boe­ing and the Hor­net Indus­try team have con­tributed to achiev­ing this result. 

The four new­ly arrived air­craft depart­ed from the Boe­ing facil­i­ty in St. Louis USA, and over a num­ber of days tran­sit­ed to RAAF Base Amber­ley via Travis Air Force Base Cal­i­for­nia, Hick­am Air Force Base in Hawaii and Guam. 

Mr Shayne Neu­mann, Fed­er­al Mem­ber for Blair, rep­re­sent­ing the Min­is­ter for Defence, and Sen­a­tor the Hon­ourable George Bran­dis, rep­re­sent­ing the Oppo­si­tion Spokesper­son for Defence, vis­it­ed RAAF Base Amber­ley today to review the lat­est air­craft to arrive and to mark the occa­sion of the Super Hor­nets achiev­ing ini­tial oper­a­tional capability. 

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

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