The F/A-18F Super Hornet provides Australia with an advanced air combat capability for air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The two seat F/A-18F Super Hornet can undertake air interception, air combat, close air support of ground troops and interdiction of enemy supply lines including shipping.
The F/A-18F Super Hornets are based at No 1 and No 6 Squadrons at RAAF Base Amberley.
In the last two years, the F/A-18F Super Hornets participation in exercises have included Exercise Cope North in Guam, Exercise Bersama Shield on the Malaysian Peninsula and Exercise Pitch Black in Darwin.
The Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet fleet gives Australia an upgraded air combat capability for both air-to-air and air-to-ground mission until the full introduction into service of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
The F/A-18F Super Hornets are larger than the F/A-18A/B Hornets. The aircraft's increased wing area allows them to carry more stores further on their extra hardpoints.
Air Force has 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets, which will ensure that Australia's air combat capability edge is maintained until the full introduction into service of the planned F-35A (Joint Strike Fighter). The F/A-18F Super Hornet achieved Final Operational Capability in December 2012.
The Super Hornet is operated by
No. 1 Squadron, RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland
No. 6 Squadron, RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland
Super Hornet flying operations and noise information at RAAF Base Amberley.