Obviously quite a few locals read the media alert issued recently to advise that there would be some loud noise from flypasts by two E/A-18G Growlers from Amberley.

There were about 126 cars parked near Cobains Road, with people wanting to get a closer look.

No 53 Mission Aircrew Course Graduation

ON Thursday, July 21 2022, the Air Mission Training School (AMTS) located at RAAF Base East Sale, held its Graduation Parade for No 53 Mission Aircrew Course.

No 53 Mission Aircrew Course in front of a Royal Australian Air Force KA350 King Air aircraft from No 32 Squadron. Pictured are PLTOFF Mayavee Ozanne, PLTOFF Chad Bowes, PLTOFF Kieran McCullagh, PLTOFF Jacob Winnett and PLTOFF Georgia Graham.

The five graduates from No 53 Mission Aircrew Course have undergone up to 12 months of extensive aviation training, and have successfully graduated as winged Mission Aircrew, taking the number of Air Mission Training School Graduates to a total of 1539 from six nations since its inception in 1946.

The Graduation Parade made a memorable day for the five graduates and their families, with the Commander Air Mobility Group, Air Commodore Carl Newman, attending as the Reviewing Officer.

The Graduation Parade also included a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, which was conducted by Aunty Sandra Patten from the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, as well as low-level flypasts of two Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G Growler aircraft from No 6 Squadron.

Commanding Officer Air Mission Training School Wing Commander Arran Moore congratulated the graduates on their achievements, saying, “What these five graduates have achieved over the last 12 months of training is remarkable.”

“They have progressed from their initial officer training, to being able to plan, command and manage complex airborne missions across a broad spectrum of operations. The resilience these five have shown both in their training, and also against the backdrop of COVID-19 and lockdowns is testament to their strength of character and will position them well for future success in their careers.

“All the staff at AMTS are proud to have instructed them through their training and join with their friends and family in congratulating the graduates on their achievements.

“I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank the Sale community for the continued support they provide the base, its staff and students – without the continued strong support of our community, we wouldn’t be able to graduate the quality of students that we do.”

Three of the graduates will proceed on to fly the P-8A Poseidon at No 292 Squadron located at RAAF Base Edinburgh, near Adelaide.

They will continue to learn a number of mission sets including Anti-submarine Warfare, Search and Rescue, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance and direct Support to Naval assets among others.

The remaining two graduates will proceed on to fast jet training, initially at No 76 Squadron, at RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle, flying the Hawk 127.

Following their time at No 76 Squadron, the graduates will become Weapon Systems Officers (WSO) on the F/A-18F Super Hornet or the E/A-18G Growler at RAAF Base Amberley, outside Brisbane.

Removal of ‘Golf Ball’ Aircraft Surveillance Radar near Longford

AIR Force is installing nine new ASR-NG Fixed Defence Air Traffic Control Surveillance Sensors (FDATCSS) at various Australian locations for its AIR5431 Phase 2 Program.

Aircraft Surveillance Radar
Aircraft Surveillance Radar visible along Longford-Loch Sport Rd.

For RAAF Base East Sale, this means replacing the prominent ‘golf ball’ shaped Aircraft Surveillance Radar installed 34 years ago at Dutson, to maintain safe air passage of military and civil aircraft within the Gippsland Region.

The 18-metre-high tower with its 15-metre-diameter radome or ‘golf ball’ is scheduled for decommissioning in September.

A temporary sensor is already in place for RAAF Base East Sale, and will remain until third quarter 2023 when the new FDATCSS installation is complete.

The FDATCSS will improve national air traffic management and collaboration between Department of Defence and Airservices Australia.

Aircraft Operations at East Sale

IF you are interested in learning more about the role of RAAF Base East Sale, flying operations and flying areas, you can visit: www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise/EastSale.

This includes a link to the RAAF East Sale Noise Management Plan.

The Defence approach to noise mitigation and Air Force fly neighbourly policy can also be found through the ‘Understanding Noise’ site.

General information and any enquiries relating to activities at RAAF Base, East Sale, should be directed to the Air Base Command Post on 5169 9892, or via email to esl.abcp@defence.gov.au.