Four F/A-18A/B Hornets from Number 2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU) completed a spectacular four-ship formation over the RAAF Base Williamtown precinct during a special family day event on 27 September 2019.
The day had special significance as it presented the opportunity for family and 2OCU personnel to come together to celebrate Unit achievements during a milestone year, with the phased draw-down of Classic Hornet operations in 2019.
Importantly however, the event acknowledged the support and sacrifices of families who are fundamental to operational success:
Commanding Officer 2OCU, Wing Commander Scott Woodland, said it has been a team effort.
“Operational Service obligations often result in our personnel travelling interstate and abroad for extended periods,” WGCDR Woodland said.
“As such, it is through the daily sacrifices and support of partners, children, parents, grandparents and carers that has ensured we continue the important work that we do.
“It is an honour and privilege to host our Unit family members today – and I extend my sincere and personal thanks to them for their significant service contribution toward achieving our mission.”
Befitting of the occasion was the four-ship Classic Hornet flypast followed by a single aircraft handling display that thrilled and excited family members in attendance.
Guests also browsed through the capability static displays and enjoyed the entertainment and activity program - delivering an important event for families.
2OCU F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet operations will conclude in Dec 2019.
The Air Force F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet platform is planned to be withdrawn from service in Dec 2021 with the Air Forces’s fleet of Classic Hornets currently being replaced by the F-35A Lighting II.