Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Exercise Wallaby 2018 - Six Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) AS332M Super Puma Helicopters Arrive at Rockhampton Airport as "Diamond" and "Ruby"

With the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2018 'scheduled' to start today, on Wednesday 19 September, the final airborne participants in the Exercise made a spectacular arrival into Rockhampton Airport.

Six Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS332M Super Puma helicopters were spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from their home at the Oakey Army Aviation Centre in two flights of four then two.

Local plane spotters Trevor H and Kayanne H were at Rockhampton Airport to capture their arrival.  They were also able identify and confirm that the first flight of four Super Pumas, which touched down as "Diamond", wore the serial numbers 296, 292, 293 and 220.

While the second flight of two Super Pumas, which touched down as "Ruby", wore the serial numbers 272 and 276.

These are exactly same Super Pumas that were in Rocky last year!

Of interest, the Super Puma helicopters are flown by the RSAF's 126 Helicopter Squadron "Cougar" (126 SQN).  Their motto is "Ready and Able", with the Cougar adopted as the squadron's motif.

Formed initially on 16 September 1992 at Sembawang Air Base in Singapore, the 126 SQN consisted of newly purchased Cougar helicopters, which were an upgraded version of the Super Puma helicopters then used by its sister squadron – 125 SQN. 126 Squadron is based at the Oakey Army Aviation Centre, supporting the Singapore Armed Force's training needs in Australia.

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

Photos taken by Trevor Hardsman and Kayanne Hardsman  ©

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