Australia and Singapore Cooperation On Show
(Source: Australian Department of Defense; issued Oct 26, 2020)
HMAS Adelaide has provided a platform for Singapore Air Force CH-47 helicopter crews to qualify and land on the RAN’s largest vessels, HMA Ships Adelaide and Canberra.
The deck landing qualifications were conducted over two days off the coast of Queensland, where Adelaide is conducting a range of amphibious and aviation training exercises.
Commander Air Adelaide Commander Leon Volz said the qualifications would provide significant benefits and boost overall combined capability for the Australian and Singapore Defence Forces.
“This is a great opportunity to provide interoperability between both the Singaporean Air Force air crew and ourselves,” Commander Volz said.
“Gaining these qualifications allows the RSAF crews to operate to Adelaide, to Canberra and also to HMAS Choules, which will provide a significant capability enhancer between both our Defence forces.
“So, when we’re both operating in the region, for example, then we can actually cross-deck and gain more experience in the way that both Defence forces operate in the maritime aviation environment.”
The Singaporean CH-47 heavy-lift helicopter crews, which are permanently based at Oakey in Queensland, communicated with Adelaide’s flight control room and were guided by the ship’s aviation team on the flight deck.
The timing of the deck qualifications also coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Singapore Armed Forces training in Australia.
Commanding Officer Adelaide Captain Jonathan Ley said qualifying Singaporean Air Force personnel to operate their CH-47 aircraft on Navy’s amphibious vessels extended the shared history of cooperation between the two nations.
“Singapore’s CH-47 aircraft worked alongside Army’s 5th Aviation Regiment during the 2020 bushfire emergency in Victoria, so to have that combined capability at sea is an important element as we again move into the high-risk emergency season,” Captain Ley said.
Adelaide is the Navy’s high-readiness vessel and is available to support humanitarian and disaster relief operations domestically and in the region.
Australia and Singapore Enhance Joint Interoperability
(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued Oct 25, 2020)
The Royal Australian Navy and Republic of Singapore Air Force have proven their ability to work together with Singaporean CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter crews qualifying to take off and land on Australia’s largest vessels, HMA Ships Adelaide and Canberra.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said qualifying Republic of Singapore Air Force personnel, to operate their CH-47 aircraft with the Australian Navy, was a force-multiplier for both nations.
“Last week I conducted my second official visit to Singapore, and met with my counterpart Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen. During the visit, we jointly marked 30 years of the Singapore Armed Forces training in Australia,” Minister Reynolds said.
“The 30th Anniversary of Singapore training in Australia is a significant milestone in our bilateral defence relationship, and this activity is a clear demonstration of the closeness of our friendship and our growing interoperability.”
The Singaporean CH-47 crews, permanently based at Oakey in Queensland, spent two days flying from Townsville to HMAS Adelaide at sea to undertake Deck Landing Qualifications.
This included communicating with the warship’s flight control room and being guided by Australian sailors on the flight deck.
“The ability to operate our largest amphibious vessels with Singapore’s CH-47 Chinook helicopters means we can work together to mobilise and move personnel or supplies at sea, and enhance our combined joint capability,” Minister Reynolds said.
“Singapore maintains an ongoing number of CH-47s at Oakey. These are the same aircraft that came to Australia’s aid during the 2020 bushfire emergency, underscoring the utility of being able to operate with Singapore in a crisis. We will always be grateful for Singapore’s assistance during our time of need.”
At around 30 metres long, the CH-47 Chinook is a tandem rotor helicopter and is designed to provide tactical transport capabilities for vehicles, heavy equipment and dozens of troops.
HMAS Adelaide is a 230-metre long Landing Helicopter Dock based in Sydney.