Communities in regional New South Wales may notice increased low-level flying activity associated with Exercise Teak Action from June 23 until July 12.
RAAF aviators flying C-130J Hercules transports will conduct training with United States Air Force (USAF) counterparts flying MC-130J Commando II aircraft.
Held from RAAF Base Richmond in Sydney’s northwest, Exercise Teak Action will include day and night-time flying over the Hawkesbury-Nepean area, the Blue Mountains, and across Central New South Wales.
Group Captain David Strong, Officer Commanding No. 84 Wing, said flying activity would occur at airfields that are routinely used by RAAF Hercules crews for training.
“Sharing our skies during Exercise Teak Action allows us to exchange ideas, build our skillsets, and be prepared to work together on operations,” Group Captain Strong said.
“Crews from both countries are trained to fly into tough environments to deliver passengers or cargo, or safely bring people out of danger.”
“We appreciate the understanding of local communities in the vicinity of our flying, as their support is essential to us safely completing this training.”
The USAF contingent is from the 353rd Special Operations Group, based at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. All USAF personnel will complete two weeks of hotel quarantine in Australia, and must pass CoVID-19 testing prior to commencing the exercise.
More information about the 353rd Special Operations Group is available here
Information about the RAAF’s C-130J is available here
File imagery of this exercise is available here.