This 12 months’s Train Havoc Strike, 4 Squadron’s premier Shut Air Assist train, included the participation of members from the Philippine Air Drive (PAF). Designed to show the PAF members to Royal Australian Air Drive (RAAF) coaching programs and air-land integration procedures, the train offered an essential coaching alternative by demonstrating how RAAF employs each aircrew and Joint Terminal Assault Controllers. The bilateral train was performed in areas across the Hunter Area and RAAF Base Williamtown. Flight Commander 4 Squadron, Squadron Chief J, described the involvement of PAF personnel in Havoc Strike.

“Havoc Strike supplied RAAF a fantastic alternative to work with PAF and trade coaching strategies. This train is the primary of its kind between the RAAF and PAF and is aimed toward strengthening worldwide engagement and interoperability throughout the area. The PAF despatched six Fight Air Controllers to take part within the train which offered a possibility to affect their coaching straight by means of a train-the-trainer continuum in addition to publicity to ADF coaching processes, amenities and plane,” Squadron Chief J mentioned.


Philippine Air Drive members work with RAAF Fight Controllers from 4 Squadron throughout Shut Air Assist coaching actions at Salt Ash Air Weapons Vary close to RAAF Base Williamtown, NSW. (Photograph by Corporal Craig Barrett/Australian Authorities Division of Defence)

Throughout their first week in Australia, the Philippine Air Drive members targeted on Shut Air Assist teachers and simulated situations. This included functionality briefs from Royal Australian Air Drive aircrew on a mess of plane sorts. Week two of Havoc Strike included stay Shut Air Assist coaching at Oyster Cove involving the 4 Squadron PC-21, adopted by the 76 Squadron BAE Techniques Hawk 127 on the Salt Ash Air Weapons Vary utilising stay ordnance. The train moved to the Singleton army coaching space to combine coaching with the College of Infantry and give attention to city situations.

Havoc Strike culminated in a full mission profile at Bulahdelah using the Royal Australian Air Drive Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fight plane and Pilatus PC-21 turboprop-powered superior coach in help of a floor manoeuvre. The Philippine Air Drive Fight Air Controllers appreciated the chance to conduct the city state of affairs with the help of the Royal Australian Air Drive’s fifth Era plane; one thing they’d not achieved beforehand. Australia is the one nation aside from the US with which the Philippines has a reciprocal visiting forces settlement, signed in 2007.

Royal Australian Air Force and Philippine Air Force Conduct Close Air Support Exercise
Royal Australian Air Drive A 76 Squadron Hawk 127 drops apply bombs throughout Shut Air Assist coaching actions with the Philippine Air Drive. (Photograph by Corporal Craig Barrett/Australian Authorities Division of Defence)