Joint capability impresses at Avalon

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Helen Ward (author), CPL Craig Barrett (photographer), CPL Ben Dempster (photographer)

Location(s): Avalon International Airshow 2017

Topic(s): MRH-90 Taipan, MH-60R Seahawk, AS350BA Squirrel, S-70B-2 Seahawk, ScanEagle UAV, Australian International Airshow

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael Noonan with the MRH-90 helicopter crew at the 2017 Avalon Airshow. (photo: Unknown)
Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael Noonan with the MRH-90 helicopter crew at the 2017 Avalon Airshow.

Australian military capability was certainly delivered in spades at this year’s Avalon International Airshow, with the services combining to show Australia's joint air power.

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mike Noonan was at the event and said he was excited to see the level of technology and innovation being introduced into the services

“The Airshow is a unique opportunity for the entire Australian Defence Force to showcase their capabilities at a time when all three services have bright futures ahead of them,” Rear Admiral Noonan said.

“Not only are we introducing greatly enhanced capabilities into to our individual services but we are now working more closely to ensure these capabilities contribute directly to joint operations."

Almost as impressive as the hardware on show, was the pride and enthusiasm from the Defence members who use it.

“I was impressed to see so many young men and women of our Defence Force eager to talk about their own careers and equipment," he said.

Navy showcased a wide range of capabilities including: three AS 350BA Squirrel light utility helicopters; one MH-60R Seahawk 'Romeo' anti-submarine/anti-surface/search and rescue helicopter; one MRH-90 Taipan multi-role helicopter; one S-70B-2 Seahawk 'Bravo' helicopter; two Unmanned Aerial Surveillance (Scan Eagle) aircraft; and a boarding party complete with a rigid hulled inflatable boat.

The Seahawk Romeo and Squirrels were an integral element of the tri-service flying demonstrations.

Key to Air Force's capability demonstrations was the Australian debut of the F-35A Lightning II multi-role fighter, with Army equipment and personnel rounding out the trifecta.