Image: LACW Annika Smit

US Air Force F-22 Raptors have arrived at Base Tindal to train with RAAF aircraft as part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC) program.

It builds on previous training activities, which recently included the deployment of B-1 Lancer aircraft from Base Darwin and B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers from Base Amberley.

Air Vice-Marshal Darren Goldie, Air Commander Australia, noted the importance of enhancing bilateral defence ties as part of the United States Force Posture Initiative.

“It is testament to how well our two Air Forces assimilate, that these incredible aircraft are able to visit our bases and utilise our infrastructure and support services, so we can all train closely with one another,” AVM Goldie added.

LACW Annika Smit

AVM Goldie went on to welcome USAF counterparts to the Top End.

“Dry season in the Northern Territory is always a busy time for our Air Force, as you just cannot beat the training opportunities our ranges in the Top End present,” he said.

“I welcome the visiting United States personnel and hope they get as much out of working with us as we do with them.

Last week, Australian Aviation reported how the US B-2 bombers left Base Amberley after a month of training with RAAF F-35s.

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