Monday, September 24, 2018

Exercise Wallaby 2018 - Some Great Photos of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Helicopters Operating at Rockhampton Airport and 'Warriors Camp'

As the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2018 swings up a gear, we've been very lucky to receive some great photos as the visiting Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) helicopters operate flights to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) from and back to Rockhampton Airport and now 'Warriors Camp'.

Like previous years, the RSAF helicopters are utilising the space to land their helicopters inside 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 some of their helicopters.

During the afternoon on Monday 24 September, local plane spotter 'IAD' was at the right place at the right time to capture a pair of RSAF Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters returning to 'Warriors Camp' from Shoalwater Bay as "Cyclops".

The two Chinooks were identified as 88183 and 88182 and then left separately as "Concorde" and "Celtic" respectively.

Then, a formation of three RSAF Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters were spotted also arriving into 'Warriors Camp' also from Shoalwater Bay but as "Avon Formation".

While late last week, local photographer Russell P was also at the right place at the right time to capture the departure from Rockhampton Airport of three Apache helicopters to Shoalwater Bay also as "Avon".

Of interest, the RSAF Apaches also have been using the radio callsigns of "Atom" and "Astro".

And also a pair of RSAF Aerospatiale / Eurocopter AS332M Super Puma helicopters were also spotted departing Rockhampton Airport also for Shoalwater Bay but as "Diamond".

The Super Pumas have also been heard using the radio callsigns of "Ruby" and "Starling".

Sincere thanks to 'IAD' and Russell P for taking the time to capture and send through these great photos!

Photos taken by 'IAD' and Russell Prothero  ©

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