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An F-18 Super Hornet, similar to the ones that will buzz the north coast this week. (file pic)

Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft are conducting operational training at Evans Head Air Weapons Range up until June 19.

Number 1 Squadron aircrew are conducting air to ground gunnery strafing and dry application bombing throughout the week. The morning waves will be practice strafe runs and the afternoon waves will be live between 1:00-4:00pm.

Aircrew will also conduct low-level flying during each mission within the range airspace as usual.

Additionally, RAAF Base Williamtown F/A-18A/B Hornets are scheduled to conduct test and evaluation activities involving air to ground gunnery on the 14-15 June, plus either 18 or 19 June.

For safety reasons, the Southern DPA (overwater) will be closed from 10:00am-5:00pm during these times.

Commander of Air Combat Group, Air Commodore Michael Kitcher, said local residents are advised operations on the range can change due to weather or other operational considerations so people are advised to heed the closure of the range overwater areas from 10:00am-5:00pm.

‘Air Force appreciates the ongoing input and long standing support the local community provides in terms of our operations,’ Air Commodore Kitcher said.

‘Local residents are advised access to the range (land areas) remains restricted regardless of any activities being conducted. This is due to the historical use of range and the possibility of unexploded ordnance remaining at the site,’ he said.

‘Defence personnel display Red Flags whenever live firing activities are conducted and carry out patrols to ensure people don’t stray into the area,’ Air Commodore Kitcher said.

 


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