Post by mcmaster on Jun 17, 2022 15:48:20 GMT 12
I think this is part of bringing the shared civil/RAAF airport to code E standard ie able to take a/c up to B777 size but also would benefit the military.
Commander of Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Tim Alsop, said although normally operating from RAAF Base Williamtown in New South Wales, No. 3 Squadron have deployed to RAAF Base Amberley to facilitate significant runway works at Newcastle Airport, as part of the federal government’s $66 million upgrade to international standard.
“Some F-35A operations will still occur at RAAF Base Williamtown during the period, however the majority of our people and aircraft will relocate to other bases in Australia and overseas,” Air Commodore Alsop said.
“No. 81 Wing squadrons, such as No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit and No. 77 Squadron, will deploy to RAAF Base Darwin, Northern Territory and No. 3 Squadron will deploy to RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland,’’ he said.
“Our F-35A squadrons will operate in the deployed locations, as they ordinarily would at RAAF Base Williamtown, conducting essential operational training.’’ www.airforce.gov.au/operations/flying-operations/f-35a-lightning-ii-aircraft-deploy-raaf-base-amberley