RAAF Super Hornets fly first mission over Malaysia

Six F/A-18Fs from the RAAF’s No. 1 Squadron has flown their first mission over Malaysia during Exercise Bersama Shield 2011 on May 9.

The Super Hornets, also known as Rhinos, have commenced the Force Integration Training phase which sees the aircrew practice basic fighter manoeuvres alongside military aircraft from the Malaysian and Singaporean defence forces.

Commanding Officer No 1 Squadron, Wing Commander Glen Braz, said this is a significant milestone for the ADF and more specifically the Super Hornet capability, especially as we recognise 40 years of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) this year.

“Participating in Exercise Bersama Shield provides our air and ground crews, as well as support staff, the valuable opportunity to train alongside our regional partners.

The F-18 Super Hornets are now participating in the Force Integration Training exercise phase before launching into the Live Exercise phase between 10 – 13 May.

“The inclusion of the highly capable, multi-role Super Hornet in Bersama Shield is another example of the technological evolution and enhanced support Australia provides to the region,” Wing Commander Braz said.

“This exercise also provides the vital opportunity to train alongside our regional partners, as well as the planning and execution of new tactics and procedures for combined air operations with the FPDA nations.”

The Australian contribution for Bersama Shield is spearheaded by the Super Hornets, along with the Navy’s Collins class submarine HMAS Dechaineux and two Anzac class guided missile frigates, HMA Ships Ballarat and Parramatta.

Source: http://www.defence.gov.au

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