Army Helicopters Fly over the Gold Coast in preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games
17 March 2018
Australian Army helicopters will be seen flying over the Gold Coast and Brisbane from 13 March 2018 as part of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) support to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Army helicopters will provide Queensland Police and partner organisations additional flexibility and agility to respond to a range of security situations.
The Commander of the ADF’s support to the Games, Major General Paul McLachlan, said locals and visitors can expect to see Army helicopters flying over the Gold Coast in the lead-up to, and during, the Games.
“Army helicopters will be flying during the day and night starting with familiarisation training before the Games commence. The rehearsals will help minimise the impact to the public should the Army be called on to support the Queensland Police response to an incident during the Games,” Major General McLachlan said.
“The Multi Role Helicopter ‘Taipan’, or MRH90, is the workhorse of Army Aviation and is well suited to ADF activities in support of the Queensland Police during the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Major General McLachlan said.
ADF support to the Queensland Police Service is an important component of the Australian Government’s overall security arrangements for the Commonwealth Games.
Images of ADF support to the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be available on the Defence Image Library at https://images.defence.gov.au/S20180100