Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17: 13 February – 10 March 2017

HMAS Adelaide (L01), Landing Helicopter Dock of the Royal Australian Navy leads a close formation of warships off the Western Australian coast - 5 March 2017. A special formation photograph. Behind HMAS Adelaide are (left to right): HMNZS Te Kaha (F77), Frigate, Royal New Zealand Navy; HMAS Darwin (FFG04), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy; HMNZS Endeavour (A11), Oiler, Royal New Zealand Navy; HMAS Success (OR304), Multi-product Replenishment Oiler, Royal Australian Navy; HMAS Melbourne (FFG05), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy; ESPS Cristobal Colon (F105), Frigate, Spanish Navy; HMAS Parramatta (FFH154), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Peter Thompson
HMAS Adelaide (L01), Landing Helicopter Dock of the Royal Australian Navy leads a close formation of warships off the Western Australian coast – 5 March 2017.
A special formation photograph. Behind HMAS Adelaide are (left to right):
HMNZS Te Kaha (F77), Frigate, Royal New Zealand Navy; HMAS Darwin (FFG04), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy;
HMNZS Endeavour (A11), Oiler, Royal New Zealand Navy;
HMAS Success (OR304), Multi-product Replenishment Oiler, Royal Australian Navy;
HMAS Melbourne (FFG05), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy;
ESPS Cristobal Colon (F105), Frigate, Spanish Navy;
HMAS Parramatta (FFH154), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Peter Thompson

11 April 2017 © David Eyre

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Warships from Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Italy, together with Royal Australian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Navy, Italian Navy and US Navy aircraft took part in one of Australia’s largest maritime warfare exercises, Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17 from 13 February to 10 March 2017.

It was reported that more than 17 ships took part in the exercise at sea and in coastal areas near Lancelin, Geraldton and Geographe Bay.

Exercise Director Captain Jim Hutton said “The main aim of the exercise is to develop our task group capability, to operate a number of ships under one commander and focus primarily on sea control operations.

“This can include the full spectrum of maritime security operations; from diplomacy and international engagement at one end, through to humanitarian and disaster relief, constabulary and peacekeeping operations, and at the upper end of the spectrum, high end war fighting.”

A two-week sea phase incorporated anti-submarine and air defence exercises.

The exercise included the first visit to Western Australia by the Landing Helicopter Dock ship, HMAS Adelaide (L01) which was berthed at Fremantle Port from 22-27 February 2017 but not open to the public.

Two of the companies bidding for the A$35 billion Future Frigate project sent ships to take part in the exercise. Visiting for the first time was a Spanish Navy frigate, ESPS Cristobal Colon (F105), built by Spanish shipbuilding company Navantia, which visited Fremantle in late February 2017. Fincantieri was also represented in the exercise by one of their frigates, ITS Caribiniere (F593), which visited Fremantle in late-January 2017.

Aircraft

Aircraft taking part were deployed to RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth, including:

  • Ten McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornets of 75 Squadron, RAAF
    • A21-3 F/A-18A ‘3 Squadron 100 years’ special blue tail markings
    • A21-11 F/A-18A 2 OCU markings
    • A21-14 F/A-18A 3 Sqn markings
    • A21-24 F/A-18A 75 Sqn markings
    • A21-31 F/A-18A 75 Sqn markings
    • A21-35 F/A-18A 75 Sqn markings
    • A21-37 F/A-18A 3 Sqn markings
    • A21-46 F/A-18A 77 Sqn markings
    • A21-51 F/A-18A 77 Sqn markings
    • A21-115 F/A-18B – no unit markings
  • Two Lockheed AP-3C Orions of 10 Squadron, RAAF (serials unknown)
  • 168849 Boeing P-8A Poseidon of VP-10, US Navy – callsign ‘LANCER 99’
  • A30-001 Boeing E-7A Wedgetail of 2 Squadron, RAAF
  • A97-468 Lockheed-Martin C-130J-30 Hercules of 37 Squadron, RAAF
  • Boeing C-17A Globemaster III of 36 Squadron, RAAF
  • Learjet 35As (civilian-operated, four for target towing/target simulation and one for electronic warfare training):
    • VH-LJA
    • VH-LPF (‘AMBULANCE’ titles on wingtip tanks)
    • VH-OVB
    • VH-SLD
    • VH-ESM Raytheon titles – callsign ‘SHADOW’ – electronic warfare training

Ship-based aircraft included:

  • Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawks of 725 Squadron, Royal Australian Navy:
    • N48-020 ‘Gold Digger’ on HMAS Ballarat
    • N48-021 ‘Blackjack’ on HMAS Parramatta
  • NH Industries MRH-90 Taipan of Australian Army
    • A40-018 on HMAS Adelaide
    • A40-037 on HMAS Adelaide
  • MM81584/3-08 NH Industries SH-90A of GRUPELICOT 5 (5° Gruppo Elicotteri), Italian Navy, aboard ITS Carabiniere (F593)
  • NZ3619 Kaman SH-2G(I) Seasprite, of 6 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force, aboard HMNZS Te Kaha (F77).

Ships

Warships known to be taking part include:

  1. ESPS Cristobal Colon (F105), Frigate, Spanish Navy
  2. HMNZS Te Kaha (F77), Frigate, Royal New Zealand Navy
  3. HMNZS Endeavour (A11), Oiler, Royal New Zealand Navy
  4. ITS Caribiniere (F593), Frigate, Italian Navy
  5. HMAS Adelaide (L01), Landing Helicopter Dock, Royal Australian Navy
  6. HMAS Anzac (FFH150), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy
  7. HMAS Parramatta (FFH154), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy
  8. HMAS Ballarat (FFH155), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy
  9. HMAS Darwin (FFG04), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy
  10. HMAS Melbourne (FFG05), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy
  11. HMAS Success (OR304), Multi-product Replenishment Oiler, Royal Australian Navy
  12. HMAS ??, Collins-class Submarine, Royal Australian Navy
  13. USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723), Los Angeles-class submarine, US Navy

NOTE: In an unrelated exercise, at least four Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawks also operated from Pearce during March 2017, including A25-102 and A25-223.

N48-020/920 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk (MSN 70-4814/R237) of 725 Squadron, Royal Australian Navy, named 'Gold Digger', lands on HMAS Ballarat at Fleet Base West, on 16 February 2017. Preparing to take part in Exercise Ocean Explorer 17 off the coast of Western Australia. Ex BuNo 168833. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, ABIS Richard Cordell
N48-020/920 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk (MSN 70-4814/R237) of 725 Squadron, Royal Australian Navy, named ‘Gold Digger’, lands on HMAS Ballarat at Fleet Base West, on 16 February 2017. Preparing to take part in Exercise Ocean Explorer 17 off the coast of Western Australia.
Ex BuNo 168833.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, ABIS Richard Cordell
HMAS Adelaide (L01), Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) at Victoria Quay, Fremantle Port - 22 February 2017. Entering Fremantle Harbour for the first time, prior to taking part in Exercise Ocean Explorer 17 off Western Australia. The ship was not open to the public during its five-day visit. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper
HMAS Adelaide (L01), Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) at Victoria Quay, Fremantle Port – 22 February 2017.
Entering Fremantle Harbour for the first time, prior to taking part in Exercise Ocean Explorer 17 off Western Australia. The ship was not open to the public during its five-day visit.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper
HMAS Adelaide (L01), Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) of the Royal Australian Navy and ESPS Cristobal Colon (F105), Frigate of the Spanish Navy, at Victoria Quay, Fremantle Port - 23 February 2017. Visiting Fremantle for the first time, prior to taking part in Exercise Ocean Explorer 17 off Western Australia. The ships were not open to the public during their visit. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, CPOIS Damian Pawlenko
HMAS Adelaide (L01), Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) of the Royal Australian Navy and ESPS Cristobal Colon (F105), Frigate of the Spanish Navy, at Victoria Quay, Fremantle Port – 23 February 2017.
Visiting Fremantle for the first time, prior to taking part in Exercise Ocean Explorer 17 off Western Australia. The ships were not open to the public during their visit.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, CPOIS Damian Pawlenko
N48-021/921 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk (MSN 70-4816/R239) of 725 Squadron, Royal Australian Navy, named 'Blackjack', on HMAS Parramatta (FFH154), Anzac-class frigate, off the Western Australian coast - 28 February 2017. Waiting on the flight deck ready for refuelling during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. Ex BuNo 168834. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, ABIS Richard Cordell.
N48-021/921 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk (MSN 70-4816/R239) of 725 Squadron, Royal Australian Navy, named ‘Blackjack’, on HMAS Parramatta (FFH154), Anzac-class frigate, off the Western Australian coast – 28 February 2017.
Waiting on the flight deck ready for refuelling during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. Ex BuNo 168834.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, ABIS Richard Cordell.
A40-037 NH Industries MRH90 Taipan (MSN TAUA37) of the Australian Army, over the flight deck of HMAS Parramatta (FFH154). off the Western Australian coast - 1 March 2017. Deployed aboard HMAS Adelaide (L01). Conducting rescue net training during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, ABIS Richard Cordell
A40-037 NH Industries MRH90 Taipan (MSN TAUA37) of the Australian Army, over the flight deck of HMAS Parramatta (FFH154). off the Western Australian coast – 1 March 2017.
Deployed aboard HMAS Adelaide (L01). Conducting rescue net training during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, ABIS Richard Cordell
VH-LJA Gates Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-649) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd, flying near HMNZS Endeavour (A11), Oiler, Royal New Zealand Navy, off the Western Australian coast - 2 March 2017. A fleet of four civil-operated Learjet 35As were used as simulated attacking aircraft and for target towing during Exercise Ocean Explorer 2017. Another specially-modified Learjet conducted electronic warfare training. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper
VH-LJA Gates Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-649) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd, flying near HMNZS Endeavour (A11), Oiler, Royal New Zealand Navy, off the Western Australian coast – 2 March 2017.
A fleet of four civil-operated Learjet 35As were used as simulated attacking aircraft and for target towing during Exercise Ocean Explorer 2017. Another specially-modified Learjet conducted electronic warfare training.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper
VH-LJA Gates Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-649) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd, flying near the frigate HMNZS Te Kaha (F77), Royal New Zealand Navy, off the Western Australian coast - 2 March 2017. A fleet of four civil-operated Learjet 35As were used as simulated attacking aircraft and for target towing during Exercise Ocean Explorer 2017. Another specially-modified Learjet conducted electronic warfare training. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper
VH-LJA Gates Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-649) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd, flying near the frigate HMNZS Te Kaha (F77), Royal New Zealand Navy, off the Western Australian coast – 2 March 2017.
A fleet of four civil-operated Learjet 35As were used as simulated attacking aircraft and for target towing during Exercise Ocean Explorer 2017. Another specially-modified Learjet conducted electronic warfare training.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper
NZ3619 Kaman SH-2G(I) Seasprite (MSN 147) of 6 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force (operated for Royal New Zealand Navy), hot-refuelling aboard HMAS Adelaide (L01), off the Western Australian coast - 2 March 2017. Deployed aboard the Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha (F77), during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. This airframe has an interesting history - built in 1964 for the US Navy as a UH-2B Seasprite, with serial 151310, later converted to UH-2C, then rebuilt in 1975 as an SH-2F. Served with USN until 1 June 1993 and stored at AMARC Davis-Monthan AFB on 4 June 1993. Had 9570 hours on airframe. On 14 May 1998 it was sent to Kaman at Bloomfield, Connecticut for rebuild as SH-2G(A) for the Royal Australian Navy. Reassembled at NAS Nowra, NSW. Entered service with 805 Sqn, RAN on 24 February 2004 as N29-151310. RAN Seasprite Project was cancelled 20 March 2008 and aircraft was returned to Kaman. Converted to SH-2G(I) for Royal New Zealand Air Force (operated for Navy). On 27 March 2014, it was registered N705KM to Kaman Aerospace Corporation, Bloomfield, CT. It was delivered to the RNZAF as NZ3619. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Peter Thompson.
NZ3619 Kaman SH-2G(I) Seasprite (MSN 147) of 6 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force (operated for Royal New Zealand Navy), hot-refuelling aboard HMAS Adelaide (L01), off the Western Australian coast – 2 March 2017.
Deployed aboard the Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha (F77), during Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. This airframe has an interesting history – built in 1964 for the US Navy as a UH-2B Seasprite, with serial 151310, later converted to UH-2C, then rebuilt in 1975 as an SH-2F. Served with USN until 1 June 1993 and stored at AMARC Davis-Monthan AFB on 4 June 1993. Had 9570 hours on airframe. On 14 May 1998 it was sent to Kaman at Bloomfield, Connecticut for rebuild as SH-2G(A) for the Royal Australian Navy. Reassembled at NAS Nowra, NSW. Entered service with 805 Sqn, RAN on 24 February 2004 as N29-151310. RAN Seasprite Project was cancelled 20 March 2008 and aircraft was returned to Kaman. Converted to SH-2G(I) for Royal New Zealand Air Force (operated for Navy). On 27 March 2014, it was registered N705KM to Kaman Aerospace Corporation, Bloomfield, CT. It was delivered to the RNZAF as NZ3619.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Peter Thompson.
MM81584/3-08 NH Industries SH-90A (NH90 NFH) (MSN 1104/HITN08) of GRUPELICOT 5 (5° Gruppo Elicotteri), Italian Navy and A40-037 NH Industries MRH90 Taipan (MSN TAUA37) of the Australian Army, on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide (L01). off the Western Australian coast - 4 March 2017. Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. A40-037 is deployed aboard HMAS Adelaide, and MM81584 was deployed aboard ITS Carabiniere (F593), a Bergamini-class anti-submarine frigate of the Italian Navy. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Peter Thompson
MM81584/3-08 NH Industries SH-90A (NH90 NFH) (MSN 1104/HITN08) of GRUPELICOT 5 (5° Gruppo Elicotteri), Italian Navy and A40-037 NH Industries MRH90 Taipan (MSN TAUA37) of the Australian Army, on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide (L01). off the Western Australian coast – 4 March 2017.
Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. A40-037 is deployed aboard HMAS Adelaide, and MM81584 was deployed aboard ITS Carabiniere (F593), a Bergamini-class anti-submarine frigate of the Italian Navy.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Peter Thompson
HMAS Adelaide (L01), Landing Helicopter Dock of the Royal Australian Navy leads a close formation of warships, with HMNZS Te Kaha (F77), frigate of Royal New Zealand Navy off the Western Australian coast - 5 March 2017. Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Peter Thompson
HMAS Adelaide (L01), Landing Helicopter Dock of the Royal Australian Navy leads a close formation of warships, with HMNZS Te Kaha (F77), frigate of Royal New Zealand Navy off the Western Australian coast – 5 March 2017.
Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Peter Thompson
HMAS Adelaide (L01), Landing Helicopter Dock of the Royal Australian Navy leads a close formation of warships off the Western Australian coast - 5 March 2017. A special formation photograph. Behind HMAS Adelaide are (left to right): HMNZS Te Kaha (F77), Frigate, Royal New Zealand Navy; HMAS Darwin (FFG04), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy; HMNZS Endeavour (A11), Oiler, Royal New Zealand Navy; HMAS Success (OR304), Multi-product Replenishment Oiler, Royal Australian Navy; HMAS Melbourne (FFG05), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy; ESPS Cristobal Colon (F105), Frigate, Spanish Navy; HMAS Parramatta (FFH154), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Peter Thompson
HMAS Adelaide (L01), Landing Helicopter Dock of the Royal Australian Navy leads a close formation of warships off the Western Australian coast – 5 March 2017.
A special formation photograph. Behind HMAS Adelaide are (left to right):
HMNZS Te Kaha (F77), Frigate, Royal New Zealand Navy; HMAS Darwin (FFG04), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy;
HMNZS Endeavour (A11), Oiler, Royal New Zealand Navy;
HMAS Success (OR304), Multi-product Replenishment Oiler, Royal Australian Navy;
HMAS Melbourne (FFG05), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy;
ESPS Cristobal Colon (F105), Frigate, Spanish Navy;
HMAS Parramatta (FFH154), Frigate, Royal Australian Navy
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Peter Thompson
A40-037 NH Industries MRH90 Taipan (MSN TAUA37) of the Australian Army, on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide (L01). off the Western Australian coast - 6 March 2017. MRH-90 helicopter is being prepared for flying on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide, as the ship conducts defensive manoeuvres against a simulated air attack during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Peter Thompson
A40-037 NH Industries MRH90 Taipan (MSN TAUA37) of the Australian Army, on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide (L01). off the Western Australian coast – 6 March 2017.
MRH-90 helicopter is being prepared for flying on the flight deck of HMAS Adelaide, as the ship conducts defensive manoeuvres against a simulated air attack during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Peter Thompson
Cars parked along the road near RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. The RAAF publicised the Hornets' scheduled arrival time, to warn about the noise, attracting much interest from local residents, aircraft enthusiasts and people passing by. Photo © David Eyre
Cars parked along the road near RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
The RAAF publicised the Hornets’ scheduled arrival time, to warn about the noise, attracting much interest from local residents, aircraft enthusiasts and people passing by. Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A (737-7ES) Wedgetail (MSN 33474/1245) of 2 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017. ‘MITCHELL 01’ arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A (737-7ES) Wedgetail (MSN 33474/1245) of 2 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
‘MITCHELL 01’ arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Photo © David Eyre

 

A30-001 Boeing E-7A (737-7ES) Wedgetail (MSN 33474/1245) of 2 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017. ‘MITCHELL 01’ arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Photo © David Eyre
A30-001 Boeing E-7A (737-7ES) Wedgetail (MSN 33474/1245) of 2 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
‘MITCHELL 01’ arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Photo © David Eyre
168849 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MSN 44141) of VP-10, US Navy – callsign ‘LANCER 99’
168849 Boeing P-8A Poseidon (MSN 44141) of VP-10, US Navy – callsign ‘LANCER 99’
Departing RAAF Pearce at 10:45 am after participating in Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17.
Photo © Keith Anderson (Photographed using Canon cameras and lenses)
A21-11 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 334/AF-11) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 2 OCU markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017.
A21-11 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 334/AF-11) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 2 OCU markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-11 was originally delivered 10 October 1986.
Photo © Keith Anderson (Photographed using Canon cameras and lenses)
A21-14 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 353/AF-14) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 3 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017.
A21-14 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 353/AF-14) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 3 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory.
Photo © Keith Anderson (Photographed using Canon cameras and lenses)
A21-31 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 552/AF-31) of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017.
A21-31 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 552/AF-31) of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-31 was originally delivered on 2 June 1988.
Photo © Keith Anderson (Photographed using Canon cameras and lenses)
A21-46 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 729/AF-46) of 75 Squadron, in 77 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017.
A21-46 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 729/AF-46) of 75 Squadron, in 77 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 28 June 1989.
Photo © Keith Anderson (Photographed using Canon cameras and lenses)
A21-37 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 640/AF-37) of 75 Squadron, in 3 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017.
A21-37 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 640/AF-37) of 75 Squadron, in 3 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 27 October 1988.
Photo © Keith Anderson (Photographed using Canon cameras and lenses)
A21-51 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 773/AF-51) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 77 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
With the moon also captured in the photo. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 31 October 1989.
Photo © Keith Anderson (Photographed using Canon cameras and lenses)
A21-115 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18B Hornet (MSN 604/ATF-115) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017.
A21-115 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18B Hornet (MSN 604/ATF-115) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Wearing no unit markings. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 28 September 1988.
Photo © Keith Anderson (Photographed using Canon cameras and lenses)
VH-ESM Gates Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-611) owned by Raytheon Australia, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017.
VH-ESM Gates Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-611) owned by Raytheon Australia, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Callsign ‘SHADOW’, landing after an EWTS (Electronic Warfare Training and Simulation) mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft is modified for the role with missile and air-intercept radar threat simulators, radar and communications jammers, chaff deployment systems and mission recording equipment. Built in 1986, ex N611TW, N622WG, N39413.
Photo © Keith Anderson (Photographed using Canon cameras and lenses)
A97-468 Lockheed-Martin C-130J-30 Hercules of 37 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce – 6 March 2017.
A97-468 Lockheed-Martin C-130J-30 Hercules of 37 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce – 6 March 2017.
On short finals for runway 18L at 11:49 am.
Photo © Keith Anderson (Photographed using Canon cameras and lenses)
VH-SLD Learjet 35A (MSN 35-145) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017.
VH-SLD Learjet 35A (MSN 35-145) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. Built in 1977, ex N145GJ, T-782 (Swiss Air Force), HB-VFB, N39394.
Photo © Keith Anderson (Photographed using Canon cameras and lenses)
VH-LPF Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-653) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017.
VH-LPF Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-653) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. Built in 1989, ex LX-LAR, HB-VJL.
Photo © Keith Anderson (Photographed using Canon cameras and lenses)
A21-51 (MSN 773/AF-51) in 77 Squadron markings and A21-3 (MSN 250/AF-03) in special 3 Squadron '1916-2016: 100 Years' markings, McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornets of 75 Squadron, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. A21-51 was originally delivered 31 October 1989. A21-3 was delivered 27 March 1986. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Photo © David Eyre
McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornets of 75 Squadron: A21-51 (MSN 773/AF-51) in 77 Squadron markings and A21-3 (MSN 250/AF-03) in special 3 Squadron ‘1916-2016: 100 Years’ markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-51 was originally delivered 31 October 1989. A21-3 was delivered 27 March 1986. Photo © David Eyre
A21-3 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 250/AF-03) in special 3 Squadron markings '1916-2016: 100 Years', actually allocated to 75 Squadron, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Originally delivered 27 March 1986. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Photo © David Eyre
A21-3 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 250/AF-03) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in special 3 Squadron markings ‘1916-2016: 100 Years’, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 27 March 1986. Photo © David Eyre
A21-3 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 250/AF-03) in special 3 Squadron markings '1916-2016: 100 Years', actually allocated to 75 Squadron, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Originally delivered 27 March 1986. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Photo © David Eyre
A21-3 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 250/AF-03) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in special 3 Squadron markings ‘1916-2016: 100 Years’, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 27 March 1986. Photo © David Eyre
A21-51 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 773/AF-51) in 77 Squadron markings. actually allocated to 75 Squadron, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Originally delivered 31 October 1989. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Photo © David Eyre
A21-51 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 773/AF-51) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 77 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
With the moon also captured in the photo. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 31 October 1989. Photo © David Eyre
A21-51 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 773/AF-51) in 77 Squadron markings. actually allocated to 75 Squadron, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Originally delivered 31 October 1989. Photo © David Eyre
A21-51 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 773/AF-51) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 77 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 31 October 1989. Photo © David Eyre
A21-37 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 640/AF-37) of 75 Squadron, in 3 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 27 October 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-37 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 640/AF-37) of 75 Squadron, in 3 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 27 October 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-37 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 640/AF-37) of 75 Squadron, in 3 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 27 October 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-37 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 640/AF-37) of 75 Squadron, in 3 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 27 October 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-46 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 729/AF-46) of 75 Squadron, in 77 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 28 June 1989. Photo © David Eyre
A21-46 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 729/AF-46) of 75 Squadron, in 77 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 28 June 1989. Photo © David Eyre
A21-46 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 729/AF-46) of 75 Squadron, in 77 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 28 June 1989. Photo © David Eyre
A21-46 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 729/AF-46) of 75 Squadron, in 77 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 28 June 1989. Photo © David Eyre
A21-31 (MSN 552/AF-31) and A21-35 (MSN 588/AF-35), McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornets of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-31 was originally delivered 2 June 1988. A21-35 was delivered 31 July 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-31 (MSN 552/AF-31) and A21-35 (MSN 588/AF-35), McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornets of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-31 was originally delivered 2 June 1988. A21-35 was delivered 31 July 1988. Photo © David Eyre
McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornets of 75 Squadron, RAAF: A21-14 (MSN 353/AF-14) in 3 Squadron markings and A21-11 (MSN 334/AF-11) in 2 OCU markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-14 was originally delivered 19 December 1986. A21-11 was delivered 10 October 1986. Photo © David Eyre
McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornets of 75 Squadron, RAAF: A21-14 (MSN 353/AF-14) in 3 Squadron markings and A21-11 (MSN 334/AF-11) in 2 OCU markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-14 was originally delivered 19 December 1986. A21-11 was delivered 10 October 1986. Photo © David Eyre
McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornets of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Upper pair: A21-14 (MSN 353/AF-14) in 3 Squadron markings and A21-11 (MSN 334/AF-11) in 2 OCU markings. A21-14 was originally delivered 19 December 1986; A21-11 on 10 October 1986. Lower pair: A21-35 (MSN 588/AF-35) and A21-31 (MSN 552/AF-31) in 75 Squadron markings. A21-35 was originally delivered on 31 July 1988; A21-31 on 2 June 1988. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Photo © David Eyre
McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornets of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Upper pair: A21-14 (MSN 353/AF-14) in 3 Squadron markings and A21-11 (MSN 334/AF-11) in 2 OCU markings. A21-14 was originally delivered 19 December 1986; A21-11 on 10 October 1986.
Lower pair: A21-35 (MSN 588/AF-35) and A21-31 (MSN 552/AF-31) in 75 Squadron markings. A21-35 was originally delivered on 31 July 1988; A21-31 on 2 June 1988.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Photo © David Eyre
McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornets of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Upper pair: A21-14 (MSN 353/AF-14) in 3 Squadron markings and A21-11 (MSN 334/AF-11) in 2 OCU markings. A21-14 was originally delivered 19 December 1986; A21-11 on 10 October 1986. Lower pair: A21-35 (MSN 588/AF-35) and A21-31 (MSN 552/AF-31) in 75 Squadron markings. A21-35 was originally delivered on 31 July 1988; A21-31 on 2 June 1988. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Photo © David Eyre
McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornets of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Upper pair: A21-14 (MSN 353/AF-14) in 3 Squadron markings and A21-11 (MSN 334/AF-11) in 2 OCU markings. A21-14 was originally delivered 19 December 1986; A21-11 on 10 October 1986.
Lower pair: A21-35 (MSN 588/AF-35) and A21-31 (MSN 552/AF-31) in 75 Squadron markings. A21-35 was originally delivered on 31 July 1988; A21-31 on 2 June 1988.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Photo © David Eyre
McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornets of 75 Squadron, RAAF (left to right): A21-11 (MSN 334/AF-11) in 2 OCU markings and A21-14 (MSN 353/AF-14) in 3 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-11 was originally delivered 10 October 1986, A21-14 on 19 December 1986. Photo © David Eyre
McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornets of 75 Squadron, RAAF (left to right): A21-11 (MSN 334/AF-11) in 2 OCU markings and A21-14 (MSN 353/AF-14) in 3 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-11 was originally delivered 10 October 1986, A21-14 on 19 December 1986. Photo © David Eyre
A21-11 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 334/AF-11) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 2 OCU markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-11 was originally delivered 10 October 1986. Photo © David Eyre
A21-11 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 334/AF-11) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 2 OCU markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-11 was originally delivered 10 October 1986. Photo © David Eyre
A21-11 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 334/AF-11) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 2 OCU markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-11 was originally delivered 10 October 1986. Photo © David Eyre
A21-11 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 334/AF-11) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 2 OCU markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-11 was originally delivered 10 October 1986. Photo © David Eyre
A21-11 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 334/AF-11) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 2 OCU markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-11 was originally delivered 10 October 1986. Photo © David Eyre
A21-11 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 334/AF-11) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 2 OCU markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-11 was originally delivered 10 October 1986. Photo © David Eyre
A21-11 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 334/AF-11) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 2 OCU markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-11 was originally delivered 10 October 1986. Photo © David Eyre
A21-11 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 334/AF-11) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 2 OCU markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-11 was originally delivered 10 October 1986. Photo © David Eyre
A21-14 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 353/AF-14) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 3 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Photo © David Eyre
A21-14 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 353/AF-14) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 3 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Photo © David Eyre
A21-14 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 353/AF-14) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 3 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Photo © David Eyre
A21-14 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 353/AF-14) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 3 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Photo © David Eyre
A21-14 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 353/AF-14) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 3 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Photo © David Eyre
A21-14 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 353/AF-14) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, in 3 Squadron markings, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Photo © David Eyre
A21-31 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 552/AF-31) of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-31 was originally delivered on 2 June 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-31 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 552/AF-31) of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-31 was originally delivered on 2 June 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-31 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 552/AF-31) of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-31 was originally delivered on 2 June 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-31 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 552/AF-31) of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-31 was originally delivered on 2 June 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-35 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 588/AF-35) of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-35 was originally delivered on 31 July 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-35 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 588/AF-35) of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-35 was originally delivered on 31 July 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-35 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 588/AF-35) of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-35 was originally delivered on 31 July 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-35 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 588/AF-35) of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-35 was originally delivered on 31 July 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-35 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 588/AF-35) of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-35 was originally delivered on 31 July 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-35 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 588/AF-35) of 75 Squadron, RAAF at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. A21-35 was originally delivered on 31 July 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-24 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 489/AF-24) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 29 February 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-24 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 489/AF-24) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 29 February 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-24 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 489/AF-24) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 29 February 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-24 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 489/AF-24) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 29 February 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-24 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 489/AF-24) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 29 February 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-24 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 489/AF-24) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 29 February 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-24 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 489/AF-24) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 29 February 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-24 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 489/AF-24) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 29 February 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-115 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18B Hornet (MSN 604/ATF-115) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Wearing no unit markings. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 28 September 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-115 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18B Hornet (MSN 604/ATF-115) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Wearing no unit markings. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 28 September 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-115 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18B Hornet (MSN 604/ATF-115) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Wearing no unit markings. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 28 September 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-115 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18B Hornet (MSN 604/ATF-115) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Wearing no unit markings. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 28 September 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-115 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18B Hornet (MSN 604/ATF-115) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Wearing no unit markings. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 28 September 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-115 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18B Hornet (MSN 604/ATF-115) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Wearing no unit markings. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 28 September 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-115 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18B Hornet (MSN 604/ATF-115) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Wearing no unit markings. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 28 September 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-115 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18B Hornet (MSN 604/ATF-115) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Wearing no unit markings. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 28 September 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-115 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18B Hornet (MSN 604/ATF-115) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Wearing no unit markings. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 28 September 1988. Photo © David Eyre
A21-115 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18B Hornet (MSN 604/ATF-115) of 75 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Wearing no unit markings. Arriving to participate in the international Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. Based at RAAF Tindal, Northern Territory. Originally delivered 28 September 1988. Photo © David Eyre
VH-ESM Gates Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-611) owned by Raytheon Australia, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Callsign 'SHADOW', landing after an EWTS (Electronic Warfare Training and Simulation) mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft is modified for the role with missile and air-intercept radar threat simulators, radar and communications jammers, chaff deployment systems and mission recording equipment. Built in 1986, ex N611TW, N622WG, N39413. Photo © David Eyre
VH-ESM Gates Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-611) owned by Raytheon Australia, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Callsign ‘SHADOW’, landing after an EWTS (Electronic Warfare Training and Simulation) mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft is modified for the role with missile and air-intercept radar threat simulators, radar and communications jammers, chaff deployment systems and mission recording equipment. Built in 1986, ex N611TW, N622WG, N39413. Photo © David Eyre
VH-ESM Gates Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-611) owned by Raytheon Australia, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Callsign 'SHADOW', landing after an EWTS (Electronic Warfare Training and Simulation) mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft is modified for the role with missile and air-intercept radar threat simulators, radar and communications jammers, chaff deployment systems and mission recording equipment. Built in 1986, ex N611TW, N622WG, N39413. Photo © David Eyre
VH-ESM Gates Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-611) owned by Raytheon Australia, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Callsign ‘SHADOW’, landing after an EWTS (Electronic Warfare Training and Simulation) mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft is modified for the role with missile and air-intercept radar threat simulators, radar and communications jammers, chaff deployment systems and mission recording equipment. Built in 1986, ex N611TW, N622WG, N39413. Photo © David Eyre
(Left to right): Learjet 35A aircraft of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd: VH-LJA (MSN 35A-649); VH-LPF (MSN 35A-653); VH-SLD (MSN 35-145); VH-OVB (MSN 35A-400), at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. A rare formation of four arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. VH-LJA built in 1988, ex ZK-XVL, N35QB, HB-VJJ, N10870. VH-LPF built in 1989 ex LX-LAR, HB-VJL. VH-SLD built in 1977, ex N145GJ, T-782 (Swiss Air Force), HB-VFB, N39394. VH-OVB built in 1981, ex VH-RHQ, VH-JIG, VH-TPR, VH-CPQ, VH-CPH. Photo © David Eyre
(Left to right): Learjet 35A aircraft of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd: VH-LJA (MSN 35A-649); VH-LPF (MSN 35A-653); VH-SLD (MSN 35-145); VH-OVB (MSN 35A-400), at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
A rare formation of four Learjets arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft.
VH-LJA built in 1988, ex ZK-XVL, N35QB, HB-VJJ, N10870.
VH-LPF built in 1989 ex LX-LAR, HB-VJL.
VH-SLD built in 1977, ex N145GJ, T-782 (Swiss Air Force), HB-VFB, N39394.
VH-OVB built in 1981, ex VH-RHQ, VH-JIG, VH-TPR, VH-CPQ, VH-CPH.
Photo © David Eyre
(Left to right): Learjet 35A aircraft of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd: VH-LJA (MSN 35A-649); VH-OVB (MSN 35A-400); VH-SLD (MSN 35-145), at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. A rare formation of Learjets arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. VH-LJA built in 1988, ex ZK-XVL, N35QB, HB-VJJ, N10870. VH-OVB built in 1981, ex VH-RHQ, VH-JIG, VH-TPR, VH-CPQ, VH-CPH. VH-SLD built in 1977, ex N145GJ, T-782 (Swiss Air Force), HB-VFB, N39394. Photo © David Eyre
(Left to right): Learjet 35A aircraft of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd: VH-LJA (MSN 35A-649); VH-OVB (MSN 35A-400); VH-SLD (MSN 35-145), at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
A rare formation of Learjets arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft.
VH-LJA built in 1988, ex ZK-XVL, N35QB, HB-VJJ, N10870.
VH-OVB built in 1981, ex VH-RHQ, VH-JIG, VH-TPR, VH-CPQ, VH-CPH.
VH-SLD built in 1977, ex N145GJ, T-782 (Swiss Air Force), HB-VFB, N39394.
Photo © David Eyre
VH-SLD Learjet 35A (MSN 35-145) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. Built in 1977, ex N145GJ, T-782 (Swiss Air Force), HB-VFB, N39394. Photo © David Eyre
VH-SLD Learjet 35A (MSN 35-145) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. Built in 1977, ex N145GJ, T-782 (Swiss Air Force), HB-VFB, N39394. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LJA Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-649) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. Built in 1988, ex ZK-XVL, N35QB, HB-VJJ, N10870. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LJA Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-649) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. Built in 1988, ex ZK-XVL, N35QB, HB-VJJ, N10870. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LJA Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-649) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. Built in 1988, ex ZK-XVL, N35QB, HB-VJJ, N10870. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LJA Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-649) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. Built in 1988, ex ZK-XVL, N35QB, HB-VJJ, N10870. Photo © David Eyre
VH-OVB Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-400) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. Built in 1981, ex VH-RHQ, VH-JIG, VH-TPR, VH-CPQ, VH-CPH. Photo © David Eyre
VH-OVB Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-400) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. Built in 1981, ex VH-RHQ, VH-JIG, VH-TPR, VH-CPQ, VH-CPH. Photo © David Eyre
VH-OVB Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-400) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. Built in 1981, ex VH-RHQ, VH-JIG, VH-TPR, VH-CPQ, VH-CPH. Photo © David Eyre
VH-OVB Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-400) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. Built in 1981, ex VH-RHQ, VH-JIG, VH-TPR, VH-CPQ, VH-CPH. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LPF Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-653) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. Built in 1989, ex LX-LAR, HB-VJL. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LPF Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-653) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. Built in 1989, ex LX-LAR, HB-VJL. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LPF Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-653) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd, at RAAF Pearce - Mon 6 March 2017. Arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. Built in 1989, ex LX-LAR, HB-VJL. Photo © David Eyre
VH-LPF Learjet 35A (MSN 35A-653) of Air Affairs (Australia) Pty Ltd, at RAAF Pearce – Mon 6 March 2017.
Arriving back at Pearce after a target simulation mission off the WA coast, in support of Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17. The aircraft are based at Naval Air Station Nowra, NSW and are used for target towing and simulating attacking aircraft. Built in 1989, ex LX-LAR, HB-VJL. Photo © David Eyre
N48-021/921 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk (MSN 70-4816/R239) of 725 Squadron, Royal Australian Navy, named 'Blackjack', on HMAS Parramatta (FFH154), Anzac-class frigate, off the Western Australian coast - 7 March 2017. HMAS Parramatta's embarked MH-60R is wheeled out onto the flight deck prior to taking off during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. Ex BuNo 168834. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, ABIS Richard Cordell.
N48-021/921 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk (MSN 70-4816/R239) of 725 Squadron, Royal Australian Navy, named ‘Blackjack’, on HMAS Parramatta (FFH154), Anzac-class frigate, off the Western Australian coast – 7 March 2017.
HMAS Parramatta’s embarked MH-60R is wheeled out onto the flight deck prior to taking off during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. Ex BuNo 168834.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, ABIS Richard Cordell.
N48-021/921 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk (MSN 70-4816/R239) of 725 Squadron, Royal Australian Navy, named 'Blackjack', aboard HMAS Adelaide (L01) off the Western Australian coast - 7 March 2017. HMAS Parramatta's embarked MH-60R being hot refuelled aboard HMAS Adelaide during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. Ex BuNo 168834. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Peter Thompson.
N48-021/921 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk (MSN 70-4816/R239) of 725 Squadron, Royal Australian Navy, named ‘Blackjack’, aboard HMAS Adelaide (L01) off the Western Australian coast – 7 March 2017.
HMAS Parramatta’s embarked MH-60R being hot refuelled aboard HMAS Adelaide during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17. Ex BuNo 168834.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Peter Thompson.
A21-46 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 729/AF-46) of 75 Squadron (wearing 77 Squadron markings), Royal Australian Air Force at RAAF Pearce - 9 March 2017. One of 9 F/A-18A and 1 F/A-18B Hornet deployed from RAAF Tindal, takes off from RAAF Pearce for a Navy anti-aircraft mission during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17, off the Western Australian coast. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper.
A21-46 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 729/AF-46) of 75 Squadron (wearing 77 Squadron markings), Royal Australian Air Force at RAAF Pearce – 9 March 2017.
One of 9 F/A-18A and 1 F/A-18B Hornets deployed from RAAF Tindal, takes off from RAAF Pearce for a Navy anti-aircraft mission during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17, off the Western Australian coast.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper.
A21-14 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 353/AF-14) of 75 Squadron (wearing 3 Squadron markings), Royal Australian Air Force at RAAF Pearce - 9 March 2017. One of 9 F/A-18A and 1 F/A-18B Hornets deployed from RAAF Tindal, takes off from RAAF Pearce for a Navy anti-aircraft mission during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17, off the Western Australian coast. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper.
A21-14 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 353/AF-14) of 75 Squadron (wearing 3 Squadron markings), Royal Australian Air Force at RAAF Pearce – 9 March 2017.
One of 9 F/A-18A and 1 F/A-18B Hornets deployed from RAAF Tindal, takes off from RAAF Pearce for a Navy anti-aircraft mission during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17, off the Western Australian coast.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper.
A21-35 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 588/AF-35) of 75 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force at RAAF Pearce - 9 March 2017. One of 9 F/A-18A and 1 F/A-18B Hornets deployed from RAAF Tindal, takes off from RAAF Pearce for a Navy anti-aircraft mission during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17, off the Western Australian coast. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper.
A21-35 McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18A Hornet (MSN 588/AF-35) of 75 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force at RAAF Pearce – 9 March 2017.
One of 9 F/A-18A and 1 F/A-18B Hornets deployed from RAAF Tindal, takes off from RAAF Pearce for a Navy anti-aircraft mission during Exercise Ocean Explorer 17, off the Western Australian coast.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, LSIS Lee-Anne Cooper.