F-35A Lightning II aircraft deploy to RAAF Base Amberley

Up to seven Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft from No. 81 Wing will conduct training at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland from 13 June to 1 July 2022.

Commander of Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Tim Alsop, said although normally operating from RAAF Base Williamtown in New South Wales, No. 3 Squadron have deployed to RAAF Base Amberley to facilitate significant runway works at Newcastle Airport, as part of the federal government’s $66 million upgrade to international standard.

“Some F-35A operations will still occur at RAAF Base Williamtown during the period, however the majority of our people and aircraft will relocate to other bases in Australia and overseas,” Air Commodore Alsop said.

“No. 81 Wing squadrons, such as No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit and No. 77 Squadron, will deploy to RAAF Base Darwin, Northern Territory and No. 3 Squadron will deploy to RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland,’’ he said.

“Our F-35A squadrons will operate in the deployed locations, as they ordinarily would at RAAF Base Williamtown, conducting essential operational training.’’

Air Commodore Alsop highlighted that noise reduction and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of military flying.

“Aircrew always aim to minimise noise and disruption to the community when flying near residential areas,” Air Commodore Alsop said.

“We appreciate the ongoing support from the Ipswich and southern Queensland community.”

Members of the community seeking further information are invited to call 1800 033 200.

Further information about the F-35A Lightning II can be found on our Technology page.

Imagery of the F-35A Lightning II I available on the Defence Image Gallery

For more information, visit the Defence Aircraft Noise website or call 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362).

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  • Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft will conduct training at RAAF Base Amberley.