Shown below are Chinooks 88163 "Cyclops 63" and 88162 "Cyclops 62" which both flew from Rockhampton Airport to Shoalwater Bay and back. It appears they later completed another sortie to Shoalwater Bay and back to Rockhampton Airport, flying together as "Celtic".
While 88165 "Cyclops 65" is pictured preparing to depart Rockhampton Airport for Shoalwater Bay.
As mentioned previously, the Chinook helicopters are flown by the RSAF's 127 Helicopter Squadron which is based at the Sembawang Air Base (SBAB) in Singapore, however as mentioned, with a detachment at Oakey.
The squadron goes by the motto of "Strength, Courage, Swiftness", the motto is supported by the squadron motif, a white horse in full battle armour.
Sincere thanks to local photographer Steve V for allowing us to share these great photos!
All photos taken by Steve Vit ©