77 SQN Completes strike rotation in the Middle East
77 SQN Completes strike rotation in the Middle East (2.0 mins)
Royal Australian Air Force Number 77 Squadron has completed its deployment with the Air Task Group in the Middle East region after successfully completing a record number of strikes against Daesh targets in Iraq and Syria. Commander of the Air Task Group Strike Element, Wing Commander Ben Sleeman, handed over to Commanding Officer Number 3 Squadron at a ceremony at Australia’s main air operations base in the Middle East Region. The Australian Air Task Group (ATG) of Operation OKRA is operating at the request of the Iraqi Government within a US-led international coalition assembled to disrupt and degrade Daesh operations in the Middle East Region (MER). The ATG comprises six RAAF F/A-18A Hornet fighter aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail airborne command and control aircraft, and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport air-to-air refuelling aircraft. Additionally, the ATG has personnel working in the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre, and embedded with the ‘KingPin’ US tactical Command and Control Unit. The ATG is directly supported by the Combat Support Unit of Operation ACCORDIAN, whose mission is to provide continuous combat support to sustain air operations in the MER. There are up to 350 personnel deployed, at any one time, as part of, or in direct support of the ATG.
|Publish Date||12 Apr 2016|