A&NZD 95 Print Issue

Australian & NZ Defender No 95 September 2016

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 Australian & NZ Defender No 95 September 2016


AUSTRALIA: Ex Angel Reign 16 US 129th Rescue Wing including Pararescue personnel, HH-60 Pave Hawk helos and MC-130P Combat Search & Rescue Team in Townsville; Ex Pitch Black 2016 with RAAF, USAF, Singaporean, Indonesian and Thai fast jets deploying to Darwin to train against RAAF 75 Squadron and US Marine F/A-18 Hornets from RAAF Tindal, Ex Hamel 2016 Australian 1st Brigade's certification as Ready Combat Brigade exercise with embedded US Army, US Marine Corps and 1RNZIR Kiwi troops in South Australia.


IRAQ & SYRIA: RAAF 3 Squadron crewed F/A-18HUG Hornets continue bombing interdiction of ISIS in Iraq and eastern Syria supported by a KC-30A tanker and an E-7A Wedgetail AEW&C while 7RAR and 2/1 RNZIR Task Group Taji 3 take over the Build Partner Capacity role at Taji and the Australian Special Operations Task Group - Iraq continues to support Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service combat operations....

AFGHANISTAN: Australian Build Partner Capacity and Advise and Assist operations continue in Kabul in Afghanistan..

ARABIAN SEAS: HMAS Darwin continues the RAN's 26 year maritime security mission in Arabian waters this time interdicting narcotics used to fund the Islamist insurgency in Pakistan and Afghanistan...

HAWAII: RIMPAC 2016 - a joint Anzac naval package including three Anzac-class frigates and the Amphibious Ready Group embarked on the Amphibious Assault Ship HMAS Canberra spearhead a joint Australian and New Zealand participation in the US Navy's Mega Ex off Hawaii.

NEWS: CH-47F Foxtrot Chinook fleet expanded to ten; Mk 47 Mod 1 Lightweight Automatic Grenade Launchers delivered; Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers, RIM-66M-09 SM2 Block IIIB Standard Missile; EF-88 Modular Weapons System and sighting accessories rolled out; Next generation RAN and RNZN Auxilliary Oiler Replenishment ships, HMAS Canberra certification of aircraft, landing connectors and amphibious vehicles; C-27J Spartan crash and deliveries, Marine Rotational Force Darwin expansion delayed; Army's next generation Ground Based Air Defence System.