Air Force Hercules supports Operation Christmas Drop

From November 30 to December 12, a RAAF C-130J Hercules transport aircraft and 25 personnel will join counterparts from the United States, Japan, New Zealand, India, and the Republic of Korea at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

The nations will each fly airdrop missions to support more than 20,000 people in the Republic of Palau, Northern Marianas, and Federated States of Micronesia – an area covering six million square kilometres of the West Pacific.

Air Commodore David Strong, RAAF Commander Air Mobility Group, said Australia had participated in PACAF’s Operation Christmas Drop since 2015.

“This year marks our return to Christmas Drop Guam after a three-year absence and we are honoured to again have the opportunity to support our Pacific partners and celebrate Christmas with some of the more remote parts of the region,” Air Commodore Strong said.

“Additionally, the operation promises to be a professionally and personally fulfilling activity for the crews involved. It’s a unique opportunity to work side-by-side with other Indo-Pacific Hercules and build relationships at the aviator-level, which will benefit our cooperation in future.”

Hercules missions from Guam will carry several 200-kilogram bundles containing a range of items including fishing line, rice, sporting equipment and school supplies, along with donated toys, books and clothing.

Imagery of Operation Christmas Drop will be available from the Defence Image Gallery.

Flying schedule

  • The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has deployed to Guam in support of the United States Pacific Air Forces’ (PACAF) Operation Christmas Drop: a humanitarian airdrop activity that supports remote communities across the West Pacific