Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ex Talisman Saber 2017 - Some Photos of Other Australian Defence Force & New Zealand Defence Force Helicopters Around Rockhampton on Thursday

As well as the two Australian Defence Force (ADF) helicopter movements outlined in the Blog posts below, on Thursday 20 July, and over the earlier parts of the week, there have been numerous other ADF and other helicopters to call into Rockhampton Airport and 'Camp Rocky' adjacent to the Airport.

Early on Thursday, a pair of NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters - A40-027 (wearing Royal Australian Navy titles) and A40-024 (wearing Australian Army titles) - were heard flying into the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) from the Oakey Army Aviation Centre using the radio callsign "Crusader" which is of the School of Army Aviation.  Later, local plane spotter Kayanne H was at the right place at the right time as they both called into Rockhampton Airport again as "Crusader".

Later, both MRH-90s returned to Oakey but they flew separately with A40-027 using radio callsign of "Saxon 45" while A40-024 flew as "Saxon 42" - callsigns again of the School of Army Aviation.

Just after sunset, three ADF MRH-90s - A40-021, A40-041 and A40-036 - flew into 'Camp Rocky' - the Australian Army Defence Support Group (DSG) camp adjacent to Rockhampton Airport - arriving from Shoalwater Bay using the formation callsign of "Cracken" (or maybe "Crackin").  They later returned to the Bay.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday 19 July, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-037 visited Rockhampton Airport once again as "Poseidon 37".  And Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-021 was also noted calling into Rockhampton Airport as "Destrier 11"

Again over the last couple of days, the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite NZ3618 has been noted visiting Rockhampton Airport.  It was spotted shortly after arriving from Shoalwater Bay late on Thursday 20 July.  It has been heard using the radio callsign of "Seasprite 18". 

And finally, very late on Wednesday 19 July, a single Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) NH90 Helicopter was noted visiting Rockhampton Airport as "Dragon".

Sincere thanks to Kayanne H for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman  ©

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