• Tony Bosworth

Exercise Teak Action takes off at RAAF Richmond – expect low level US and Australian planes

USAF C17A Globemaster takes off from RAAF Richmond. Pic - Defence, Cpl David Said

US and Australian low flying planes will be in the skies out of RAAF Richmond from today until July as part of Exercise Teak Action.

The Exercise includes RAAF aviators flying C-130J Hercules transports alongside their American colleagues who will be flying MC-130J Commando II aircraft.

The USAF contingent have flown in from the 353rd Special Operations Group, based at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.

Held out of RAAF Base Richmond, Teak Action will include day and night-time flying over the Hawkesbury-Nepean area, the Blue Mountains, and across Central New South Wales.

USAF MC 130J Commando planes on the tarmac at RAAF Richmond - pic Defence, Cpl David Said

Group Captain David Strong, Officer Commanding No. 84 Wing, said flying activity would occur at airfields that are routinely used by RAAF Hercules crews for training.

“Sharing our skies during Exercise Teak Action allows us to exchange ideas, build our skillsets, and be prepared to work together on operations,” Group Captain Strong said.

“Crews from both countries are trained to fly into tough environments to deliver passengers or cargo, or safely bring people out of danger.”

USAF MC Commando takes off from RAAF Richmond this morning. Pic - Defence, Sgt Shane Gidall

“We appreciate the understanding of local communities in the vicinity of our flying, as their support is essential to us safely completing this training.”

All USAF personnel will complete two weeks of hotel quarantine in Australia, and must pass COVID-19 testing before beginning the exercise.

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