Combat Air Patrol

09 Nov 2001

Four F/A-18 Hornets and 70 personnel from No 77 Squadron departed Williamtown, NSW, for the tiny Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia. Their role was to provide combat air patrol cover for international coalition forces based on the island, during operations aimed at destroying the bases in Afghanistan of the Al Qaeda terrorists who had attacked the United States on 11 September.

Related aircraft

  • F/A-18 Hornet