Sunday, September 25, 2016

Exercise Wallaby 2016 - Many Photos of RSAF Helicopters and F-15s at Rockhampton Airport Over the Weekend

With sincere thanks to the many local plane spotters comes some great photos from the weekend as the various Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) helicopters and aircraft flew various sorties from Rockhampton Airport and 'Warriors Camp' to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) as a part of the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2016.

Undoubtedly, the highlight continues to be the daytime and nighttime sorties flown by the RSAF Boeing F-15SG 'Shikra' Strike Eagles using the radio callsign "Shikra", "Eagle" and "Top Gun".

As shown, they are currently completing sorties around the middle of the day and then again just after sunset - and they are likely to continue this pattern until the middle of this week.

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, after arriving late last week, RSAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules '733' commenced flying sorties to Shoalwater Bay over the weekend marking the start of the Herc's participation in Exercise Wallaby 2016.

Sincere thanks to the Rockhampton plane spotters for allowing us to share their awesome images from over the weekend -

Jason from J.M Photography -

Daniel Bishop -

Russell Prothero -

Do yourself a favour and check even more of their work by clicking onto their websites!

Thanks guys!

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