Air Mobility Group 

Air Mobility Group (AMG) is one of the largest Force Element Groups within Air Force.

It was formed in February 1987 and is responsible for providing the Australian Defence Force's combat air mobility capability, including:

  • air logistics support
  • airborne operations
  • special operations
  • VIP transport
  • air-to-air refuelling
  • search and survivor assistance
  • aeromedical evacuation
  • training

Location and Aircraft

Air Mobility Group headquarters is at RAAF Base Richmond.

From there it controls Nos 84 and 86 Wings and the Air Mobility Control Centre, and is also responsible for the Air Mobility Training and Development Unit.

AMG operates six aircraft types, from three separate RAAF Bases and Defence Establishment Fairbairn in Canberra.

Operations

AMG has been at the forefront of Defence operations in delivering personnel, cargo and equipment where it needs to go. This includes extensive service in the Middle East, Afghanistan, East Timor,  West Africa, South East Asia, and throughout the Pacific.

It has also provided extensive support for other Australian Government agencies, including:

  • Carrying personnel, vehicles, helicopters and supplies for the Australian Antarctic Division;
  • Delivering urban search and rescue workers to Japan following the 2011 Tsunami/ Earthquake, as well as conducting internal airlift flights in Japan and delivering remote water cannon equipment from Australia;
  • Delivering urban search and rescue workers to New Zealand following the Christchurch Earthquake, and returning Australian citizens;
  • Conducting relief flights to northern Queensland following Cyclone Yasi, including assisting in the evacuation of almost 200 hospital patients from Cairns to Brisbane; and
  • Relieving flood-affected communities in Queensland and Victoria in 2011.

Previous humanitarian tasks have included supporting Operation Pakistan Assist I and II in 2005 and 2010; recovery of Australians killed in the Kokoda air crash in Papua New Guinea in 2009; response to Cyclone Nargis in Burma in 2008; response to Cyclone Larry in North Queensland in 2006; and the Indian Ocean Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004.

AMG has also conducted aero-medical evacuation flights from Vietnam and Darwin after Cyclone Tracy, Rabaul after a volcanic eruption in 1994, and Bali following bombings in 2002 and 2005.