Monday, July 31, 2023

Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023 - Republic of Korea Marine Corps (ROKMC) Korea Aerospace (KAI) MUH-1 Marineon Helicopter Spotted at Rockhampton Airport - Plus More!

On Monday 31 July, the combined military Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023 (TS23) threw up a wonderful surprise for local plane spotters and military enthusiasts with this Republic of Korea Marine Corps (ROKMC) Korea Aerospace (KAI) MUH-1 Marineon helicopter spotted visiting Rockhampton Airport.

It was heard to be flying as "Orion 17" and possibly arrived from and then later departed back to the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship ROKS Marado (LPH-6112, Landing Platform Helicopter) which is currently in waters near the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWTBA).  Some photos of it below are from the Gladstone Port earlier in the month.

What a great surprise!

Meanwhile, also on Monday 31 July, United States Marine Corps (USMC) Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft 168243 (EP-00) and 168217 (EP-01) of VMM-265 'Dragons', flew as "Bowser 31" from Rockhampton Airport to the United States Navy (USN) amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6) which is also in Shoalwater Bay.

Later, fellow USMC Osprey 168665 (EP-14) as "Bowser 32" came into Rockhampton Airport from the Ship and back twice.

And the visiting United States Army (US Army) Sikorsky HH-60M medevac Black Hawk helicopters - identified as 20-21134 and 20-21135 - were photographed departing Camp Rocky - the Australian Army Defence Support Unit (DSU) camp adjacent to Rockhampton Airport - for the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) as "Dustoff 135".  They later returned to Camp Rocky.

Finally, also on Monday 31 July, two of the visiting Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk 127 jet training aircraft as "Raptor" flew out of Rockhampton Airport to the training area twice during the day.

And the visiting Air Affairs (Australia) LearJet 35 VH-SLD and LearJet 36 VH-SLF as "Bosun 11", and LearJet 36 VH-SLJ as "Blackjack 21", all departed Rockhampton Airport for the Exercise area before later returning to Rockhampton Airport.

Photos taken by Travis Whiting, Jamie C, Tash C and Steve Vit  ©

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