Friday, December 2, 2022

A Quick Summary of the Action out of Rockhampton Airport as the RAAF Exercise Rogue Ambush 2022 Continues

On Friday 2 December, pairs of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft as "Hunter", "Hawkeye" and "Hipshot", were all heard to complete sorties into the Shoalwater Bay Training Area, flying out of and back to RAAF Base Amberley, as the RAAF's Exercise Rogue Ambush 2022 continues.

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RAAF Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-001 as "Dragon 14" was also noted in the area providing air-to-air refuelling support to the jets.  It also flew up from and then back to Amberley.

RAAF Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-003 as "Mitchel 05" flew up from RAAF Base Williamtown to the Exercise area and on completion, it returned to Williamtown.  It also seems that the Wedgetail changed its radio callsign to "Outback" once in the Exercise area.

While at Rockhampton Airport, Air Affairs (Australia) LearJet 35A's VH-LFA as "Fencer 11" completed a sortie out and back.  Another LearJet 35A as "Fencer 12" started up but then went unserviceable and remained on the ground.  VH-VLJ then went out of and back to Rockhampton Airport separately as "Fencer 13".

Later, VH-VLJ now as "Lyrebird 32" departed Rockhampton Airport to HMAS Albatross at Nowra. 

And Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters Australia / Lloyd Helicopters) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-SYJ "Choppa 22" departed Rockhampton Airport for RAAF Base Amberley.

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