18 troopers from Military’s 176 Air Dispatch Squadron learnt new abilities to additional allow the Australian Antarctic Program’s subsequent massive mission. As a part of Operation Southern Discovery, the air dispatch crew labored with the Australian Antarctic Division and Air Pressure’s 36 Squadron to airdrop development gear and shops weighing 10,470kg from a C-17A Globemaster to Bunger Hills. The low-cost aerial supply methods are actually used for airdrops to Antarctica as they’re much less prone to trigger environmental injury and degradation to gear. The C-17A Globemaster offers the power to maneuver folks and gear out and in of Antarctica actually shortly and provides this system the chance to profit from each summer season season.

ADF liaison officer at Australian Antarctic Division, Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Luciani mentioned,”The shops airdropped included water tanks, dome tents, trestle tables and aluminium planks. The Bunger Hills airdrop delivered the camp shops to a distant website deep within the Australian Antarctic Territory to allow the Australian Antarctic Program to start preparations for a two-year science marketing campaign on the Denman Glacier. The ADF gives quite a few airdrops and air-land operations each summer season season to ship not solely expeditioners, together with scientists and logistic assist personnel, but in addition cargo and equipment to additional allow this system.”


Air Pressure 36 Squadron loadmasters and Military 176 Air Dispatch Squadron troopers load provides onto a C-17A Globemaster at Hobart Worldwide Airport, to be airdropped into Antarctica. (Photograph by Main Aircraftwoman Kate Czerny/Australian Authorities Division of Defence)

Air dispatcher Non-public Jack Brook mentioned,”The crew, made up of 14 air dispatchers and 4 parachute riggers, spent two weeks in Hobart rigging 12 container supply methods and one massive platform. Whereas in Hobart, we rigged hundreds that have been fairly new to the crew because of the necessities in Antarctica. It required just a few calculations, chopping totally different formed packages for vitality dissipating materials and dealing with low-cost aerial supply methods. With this mission we confronted new challenges, from studying new rigging kinds to studying new procedures that had been beforehand examined.”

The airdrop would additional allow this system to reply the massive questions which can be entrance of thoughts for scientists all through the world. The airdrop and retrieval was a well-planned logistical train to assist some crucial local weather science. The Australian Antarctic Program will now be capable to start organising camp for Australian scientists to analysis local weather impacts on the Denman Glacier. Scientists keep on the camp for a number of weeks at a time so it’s necessary that we get the camp’s residing and analysis services nicely arrange. Since 2016, RAAF C-17A Globemasters function as required to hold excessive precedence or oversize cargo that can not be carried by the A319.

A Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster prepares to airdrop construction and camp equipment and stores to Bunger Hills, Antarctica, as part of Operation Southern Discovery. Photo: David Knof
A Royal Australian Air Pressure C-17A Globemaster prepares to airdrop development and camp gear and shops to Bunger Hills, Antarctica, as a part of Operation Southern Discovery. (Photograph by David Knof/Australian Authorities Division of Defence)