The Australian Defence Force has conducted simulated air-maritime integrated missions off the east coast of Australia for Exercise Tasman Shield.
The Royal Australian Air Force from RAAF Bases Edinburgh, Amberley, and Williamtown cooperated with the Royal Australian Navy’s HMA Ships Hobart and Sydney in the exercise from 17 March to 3 April.
Aircraft included F-35A Lightning II, F/A-18F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, E-7A Wedgetail, P-8A Poseidon, KC-30A multi-role tanker transport, Hawk 127 lead-in fighter, and No. 3 Control and Reporting Unit.
Air Commodore Peter Robinson, Commander Air Combat Group and Officer Conducting the Exercise, said Tasman Shield was an important opportunity for the Air Force and Navy to enhance their joint effectiveness.
“Exercise Tasman Shield 23 provided both complex and realistic scenarios in order to challenge and develop understanding of air-maritime integration,” AIRCDRE Robinson said.