Sunday, October 4, 2020

RAAF Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters) Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-SYJ "Choppa 42" Pops into Rockhampton Airport

On Sunday 4 October, CHC Helicopters Australia / Lloyd Helicopters Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-SYJ was spotted passing through Rockhampton Airport while heading to Townsville.  

VH-SYJ arrived into Rocky from RAAF Base Amberley and was heard to use the radio callsign of "Choppa 42".

The Agusta operates for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in a Search and Rescue (SAR) role by CHC Helicopters / Lloyd Helicopters.

It appears that VH-SYJ is ferrying to Townsville where it will participate in the RAAF's Exercise Nigrum Pugio - an Asutralian Defence Force (ADF) Joint Terminal Attack Controller requalification activity held at the Townsville Field Training Area.

The RAAF deployed eight Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets from Number 1 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley to RAAF Base Townsville late last week (as shown) for Exercise Nigrum Pugio for the period 1 – 16 October 2020.

Photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman and Ian Hitchcock  ©

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