Australia commences combat operations in Iraq
5 October 2014
Two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft have completed their first armed combat mission over Iraq, assisting coalition operations against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The Super Hornet aircraft, conducted an Air Interdiction and Close Air Support mission over northern Iraq overnight AEDT (5-6 October 2014).
The Super Hornets were on-call to attack targets as identified.
On this occasion the aircraft did not use their munitions and have returned to base to disarm and prepare for future sorties.
The Australian Air Task Group’s KC-30A multi-role tanker transport supported the Super Hornets while the E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft also flew over Iraq.
The flights were completed without incident and all aircraft have returned safely to Australia’s main support base in the Middle East.
The Australian Air Task Group is operating as part of an Iraqi Government-approved and US-led international coalition assembled to disrupt and degrade ISIL.
Australian Special Forces await Iraqi government approval to commence advice and assist operations in Iraq.
Australia’s efforts are in response to a request for assistance by the Iraqi Government in combating ISIL terrorists.
Video and imagery will be available via the Press Gallery at Parliament House and the Defence Image Gallery at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20142974
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999