Thursday, September 29, 2016

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - The Airborne Action Ramps up with Multiple RSAF Sorties from Rockhampton Airport and 'Warriors Camp'

It certainly has been a busy few days in the skies over Rockhampton this week with multiple sorties by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) helicopters and F-15SG Strike Eagles to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) in support of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016.

The RSAF Boeing F-15SG 'Shikra' Strike Eagles continue to fly sorties late morning, afternoon and evening using radio callsigns "Shikra", "Eagle" and "Top Gun".  It is believed that their final sorties will be flown on Thursday 29 September.

RSAF Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS332M Super Puma helicopters continue to fly from Rockhampton Airport to Shoalwater Bay also during the day as singles (using the callsign "Starling") or at night in formation (using the callsign "Diamond").

While both RSAF Boeing AH-64D Apache and Boeing CH-47SD Chinook helicopters also continue to operate daytime and nighttime sorties to Shoalwater Bay from and back to the Australian Army Defence Support Group (DSG) 'Camp Rocky' which is adjacent to Rockhampton Airport.  The RSAF has re-named the DSG as 'Warriors Camp' while they utilise the facility to launch and park their helicopters.

The Apaches have been heard using the callsigns "Astro" and "Atom", while the Chinooks continue to use the callsign "Cyclops" with the occasional flight as "Celtic".

Finally, the RSAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules '733' has continued flying sorties to Shoalwater Bay, delivering troops and equipment to Shoalwater Bay using radio callsign "Rider".

Sincere thanks to Jason from J.M Photography for allowing us to share his awesome images from Exercise Wallaby 2016.  Do check out more of his work at his Facebook page -

All photos taken by J.M Photography  ©

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