Su­per Hor­net to grace skies

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

GAT­TON res­i­dents could catch a glimpse of a Su­per Hor­net fly­ing over town dur­ing Aus­tralian De­fence Force per­son­nel’s spe­cialised train­ing ex­er­cises this week.

The F/A-18F Su­per Hor­net air­craft will fly at al­ti­tudes above 3000m (10,000ft) while a small num­ber of per­son­nel op­er­ate on the ground in and around Gat­ton from Mon­day through to Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27 from 10am-5pm.

Com­man­der of Air Com­bat Group Air Com­modore Michael Kitcher said de­vel­op­ing skills in pro­vid­ing air sup­port for ground-based per­son­nel was an im­por­tant part of De­fence train­ing.

“As part of the sim­u­lated train­ing ac­tiv­ity, ADF per­son­nel will be dressed in civil­ian clothes and mov­ing around the town play­ing spe­cific roles which might in­volve driv­ing ve­hi­cles, talk­ing on hand held ra­dios and per­son­nel drop­ping to the ground to sim­u­late strikes,” AIRCDRE Kitcher said.

“ADF per­son­nel will not carry any weapons through this ac­tiv­ity and there will be min­i­mal dis­rup­tion to lo­cal res­i­dents.

“All per­son­nel will carry ID.”

AIRCDRE Kitcher said the Air Force was com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing every ef­fort is made to min­imise any in­con­ve­nience to res­i­dents liv­ing in th­ese ar­eas.

“The on­go­ing sup­port of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties is ap­pre­ci­ated,” he said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED/FILE

FLY­ING HIGH: A F/A-18F Su­per Hor­net will fly over Gat­ton this week.

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