In alignment with its new role as an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance specialist Squadron, command of Number 10 Squadron has officially transferred from Number 92 Wing to Number 42 Wing.
A handover ceremony was held at RAAF Base Edinburgh on 2 May 19, where Officer Commanding (OC) Number 92 Wing (92WG), Group Captain (GPCAPT) John Grime recounted some historic Number 10 Squadron (10SQN) milestones and achievements.
From its earliest beginnings, equipped with Shorts Sunderland flying boats in World War Two, to Neptunes serving in the Vietnam War supporting USAF B-52 bombing missions, 10SQN has been at the forefront of Air Force capability.
The strength and breadth of the 10SQN capability noted during the AP-3C’s achievements spanning over half a century including the significant support to search and rescue missions.
GPCAPT Grime said these missions included high profile rescues of stranded sailors during the 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race where “10SQN was at the heart of the search and rescue effort”.
He acknowledged his personnel and reflected on Squadron’s long term achievements including involvement in Middle East operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their final withdrawal from the Middle East in 2012 as significant moments in 10SQN’s distinguished service history.
“Despite these significant operations, rescues and support carried out by the Squadron, it is the people of 10SQN that have always left their mark,” GPCAPT Grime said.
“They are hard-working, diligent and dedicated to excellence in everything they do.”
After a formal exchange of command, OC 42WG, GPCAPT Hinton Tayloe welcomed 10SQN into 42WG and highlighted the significant role that both Number 2SQN and 10SQN will play as leading capabilities in the RAAF transformation to a fifth generation force.
“42WG is honoured to command 10SQN and its proven team of EW professionals,” GPCAPT Tayloe said.
“Ironically, the Orion, given its 50 years of RAAF Service, still leads the way in our understanding of the deciding factor in air combat - electronic warfare.
“With the addition of 10SQN AP-3C (EW), 42WG now has two Squadrons under its command – joining 2SQN, operating the E-7A Wedgetail based at RAAF Base Williamtown.”
The AP-3C Orion celebrated 50 years of RAAF service on 10 Dec 2018.
Number 11SQN’s P-8A Poseidon fleet assumed the primary role of Maritime Patrol and Response in 2018 with 10SQN set to continue operating two AP-3C Electronic Warfare (EW) Orions until 2023.
The 50-year milestone and evolution of capabilities marked the end of the maritime era for 10SQN, which began in 1939 as the first RAAF Squadron to see operational service in World War Two and continued for nearly 80 years.
10SQN assets and personnel will continue to operate out of RAAF Base Edinburgh.