After some time on the ground, A56-003 "Envoy 13" departed Rockhampton Airport for Albury and then Canberra.
Meanwhile, overflying the region, also on Thursday 4 May (and at other times during the past week), were a pair of United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft which have been identified as 05-5146 and 05-5149, often flying with a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft A41-209.
The formations of Globemasters have been flying as "Charger" while the USAF Globemasters have been heard using their own radio callsigns of "Slew 91" and "Slew 92".
They have been flying together as a part of the joint military Exercise Global Dexterity.
Exercise Global Dexterity 2023 was conducted at RAAF Base Amberley from Monday 24 April to Friday 5 May 2023, and is designed to develop the bilateral tactical airlift and airdrop capabilities of the United States Air Force (USAF) and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Both the United States and Australia rely on the C-17A to provide strategic and tactical airlift across the Indo-Pacific region, with its ability to provide short-notice and time-critical airlift support making it essential during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.