No. 79 Squadron has completed two weeks of introductory fighter training at RAAF Base Learmonth for Exercise Western Phoenix.

With support from No. 2 Expeditionary Health Squadron and No. 25 Squadron, trainees furthered their development in formation, navigation and low-flying skills over the Exmouth region and the Hamersley Range in Western Australia. 

Detachment Commander Flight Lieutenant Kim Shearman said the exercise was successful for trainees and staff.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for the Hawk trainees to extend their training by conducting deployed operations out of RAAF Learmonth,” Flight Lieutenant Shearman said. 

“The airspace and terrain in the region allowed the unit to conduct advanced formation and navigation training without the additional constraints of the busy airspace surrounding RAAF Base Pearce.

“The squadron was fortunate that the exercise was undertaken because COVID-19 phase four restrictions were reduced.”