Deploying internationally for the primary time since transitioning to the F-35A Lightning II, 75 Squadron has returned to its outdated residence location at Royal Malaysian Air Pressure (RMAF) Butterworth Air Base. Whereas working the Dassault Mirage III, 75 Squadron was stationed at RMAF Butterworth Air Base between 1967 and 1983 earlier than it relocated to Australia to await transition to the F/A-18 Hornet. Returning nearly 40 years later to take part in Train Elangaroo 22, Commanding Officer of 75 Squadron Wing Commander Martin Parker stated Malaysia was a becoming location for the primary Royal Australian Air Pressure (RAAF) worldwide deployment of the F-35A outdoors US and Australian soil.

“Having lived and labored alongside the Malaysians for 16 years, there’s a sturdy and deep connection between the RMAF and 75 Squadron. Since leaving Butterworth in 1983, we now have continued to go to and train through the years, so for the squadron – and extra broadly the Australian fighter group – Malaysia is a second residence. The relationships and working data have been handed down like a narrative, from era to era, so, though we’re exercising in an unique location with a brand new platform, there may be nonetheless a way of familiarity and luxury. We belief our RMAF counterparts deeply they usually have been sensible hosts, working nicely with us throughout mixed missions and contributing to our F-35A safety,” Wing Commander Parker stated.


Personnel from Royal Australian Air Pressure 75 Squadron in entrance of two F-35As at RMAF Base Butterworth, Malaysia. (Pictures by Main Aircraftman Adam Abela/Australian Authorities Division of Defence)

The primary Royal Australian Air Pressure 35 Squadron, working the C-27J Spartan, joined 75 Squadron in Malaysia, collaborating within the air-to-air fighter integration coaching train geared toward deepening relationships and enhancing the mixed readiness for RMAF and RAAF. Main the six-ship F-35A formation transiting from Australia to Malaysia for the primary time, Wing Commander Parker mirrored on his first deployment to Malaysia as a junior fighter pilot. Wing Commander Parker stated RAAF had realized quite a bit all through the train, throughout operations, upkeep and logistics, and that this gave them better confidence of their skill to function away from residence. Fighter deployments to South-East Asia is core enterprise for the RAAF, so deploying to Malaysia to unfold wings was the fitting first step for the F-35A functionality within the area.

RMAF Butterworth is an lively Air Pressure Station of the Royal Malaysian Air Pressure (RMAF) located 4.5 nautical miles (8.3 km; 5.2 mi) from Butterworth in Penang, Malaysia. It’s at the moment residence to the Headquarters Built-in Space Defence System (HQIADS), a part of the 5 Energy Defence Preparations (FPDA). The airfield was initially often known as RAF Station Butterworth and later as RAAF Butterworth, beneath the operational instructions of the Royal Air Pressure (RAF) and the Royal Australian Air Pressure (RAAF) respectively. Though the airfield is now a RMAF base, beneath the phrases of the FPDA the RAAF are a co-tenant of the bottom, sustaining an operational presence within the area alongside the RMAF squadrons. The airfield and related base amenities are colloquially known as Butterworth.

Royal Australian Air Force Deploys F-35A Lightning II Aircrafts to Malaysia
Royal Australian Air Pressure F-35A Lightning II and Royal Malaysian Air Pressure Sukhoi Su-30MKM, F/A-18D Hornet and Hawk MK108 plane in a 5 ship formation over RMAF Butterworth Air Base, Malaysia.