Rotary Wing Group Completes Seasonal Rotation In Afghanistan

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Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545

MSPA 498/10 

       Sunday, 24 October 2010

Rotary Wing Group completes seasonal rotation in Afghanistan

After providing exceptional service in Afghanistan over the past eight months,

soldiers from Australia’s current Rotary Wing Group rotation have returned home for

a well earned break and mandatory maintenance on their aircraft.

The task group and their two CH-47 Chinooks will return to Afghanistan early in the

new year to recommence flight operations in support of ISAF efforts – a deployment

they have undertaken since rotations began in 2006.

Living up to their reputation as workhorses, the two Chinooks chalked up an

impressive 860 sorties, transported more than 4700 troops and moved in excess of

691,000 kilograms of supplies and equipment during 737 hours of flying assisting the

efforts of the International Stabilisation Assistance Force (ISAF) during the rotation. 

Task Group Commander, Lieutenant Colonel (LTCOL) David Lynch said the effort

of the team was highly commendable.


“On just about all the missions we flew this year supporting our coalition partners; our

crews were fulfilling the role of Air Mission Commander, taking the lead and

providing direction to the other Coalition aircraft involved in the missions,” LTCOL

Lynch said.

A major contribution to the Rotary Wing Group’s sustained high performance was the

role played by the maintenance crews who were responsible for keeping the “Chooks”

in the air. 

“A key mission requirement for the Task Group was to ensure that the CH-47’s were

mission ready whenever they were required,” LTCOL Lynch said.

“This year, we did not fail on a single occasion to provide support when we were

assigned to a mission.

“This magnificent effort by the maintainers to keep our aircraft reliable and available

through out our deployment period has underpinned our success this year.” 

Maintenance crews stripped the Rotary Wing Groups “double decker bus” sized

helicopters and packed them into a pair of Royal Australian Air Force C-17

Globemaster III aircraft for the return trip to Australia.

The Rotary Wing Group is an Australian Defence Force Aviation Support Asset

deployed as part of Operation SLIPPER, Australia’s military contribution to the

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Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545

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of Operations and countering piracy in the Gulf of Aden. 

For more information regarding Australian Defence Force operations in Afghanistan,

Media contact: Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

Imagery of Rotary Wing Group is available at:

Vision of Rotary Wing Group operations is available from

Channel 7, Parliament

House, Canberra.

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