U.S. Air Force Airmen, bombers to train in Australia
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- United States Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers and approximately 70 Airmen are scheduled to arrive at Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley during the last week in November to conduct combined exercises and training missions with their RAAF counterparts.
The training is being conducted as part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) under the force posture initiative shared between the two nations.
Scheduled to run through Dec. 2, 2017, participation is designed to modernize and strengthen military-to-military relationships, facilitate interoperability, exercise combined capabilities and increase regional engagement.
“American and Australian airmen have been flying and training together in Australia for many decades now,” said Brig. Gen. Craig Wills, Pacific Air Forces Director of strategy, plans, and programs. “This opportunity at Amberley will ensure our two air forces – both of which fly at the highest end of the operational spectrum – step forward together in their abilities to interoperate with one another.”
Up to two B-1s will be joined by other aircraft participating in this EAC event including RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets, E/A-18G Growlers and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport.
Led by U.S. Pacific Command, EAC underscores the U.S. steadfast commitment to security and stability the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.