Friday, November 25, 2011

Singapore Defence Force Exercise Wallaby Just About Finished

As mentioned in a previous Blog post, the Singapore Defence Force Exercise Wallaby 2011 has finished, and the packing up is in full swing.

Arriving into Rockhampton Airport this week has been the final four Singapore Airlines charters to transport personnel back to Singapore.

On Tuesday 22 November, Boeing B777-200 9V-SQE operated as SIA8931/8932.

On Wednesday 23 November, B777-200 9V-SQF (pictured below) operated as SIA8931/8932 and 9V-SQC operated at SIA8935/8936.

Finally, on Thursday 24 November, B777-200 9V-SQE returned once again as SIA8931/8932.

Seemingly the only equipment that is left at Rockhampton Airport now is the four Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters. As Ben O showed earlier in the week, they have had their rotars removed, and have been prepared for transportation back to Singapore.

An Antonov 124 freighter is expected to arrive into Rockhampton sometime over the next couple of days - latest word is arriving Sunday 27 November - to take the choppers home.

In all it's been a pretty quiet exercise this year - one of the longest I can remember - with only RSAF helicopters supporting the ground exercises in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area. Spotters are looking forward to next year already and the hope of the return of some fast jets!!

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