Thursday, October 6, 2011
A US Air Force HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter leaves the drop zone after performing a small coordinated insertion for a Combat Survival and Rescue (CSAR) scenario. During Exercise Red Flag 06, US CSAR teams worked with Australian and United Kingdom pilots to simulate the search, rescue and extraction of a pilot shot down in enemy territory. Personnel from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley and RAAF Base Williamtown have participated in three weeks of intensive training as part of Exercise RED FLAG 06. Up to 270 personnel, six F-111 aircraft and seven F/A-18 Hornets have deployed to the United States for advanced training at one of the world's best tactical combat training facilities. Red Flag provides significant training objectives for RAAF aircrew as it offers complex air combat scenarios involving coalition fighter, strike and surveillance assets. Deployment for Red Flag began in stages from 26 January 06, with exercise flying running from 6 to 17 February.