Military Capabilities

RAAF Super Hornets return to Australia after Middle East mission

24 January 2018

Six Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornet multirole fighters have returned to Australia, marking the end of the country’s airstrike operations against Islamic State targets in Iraq and eastern Syria.

The aircraft, which were deployed as part of the Australian Air Task Group (ATG) under Operation ‘Okra’, arrived at RAAF Base Amberley on 24 January, according to a statement by Minister of Defence Marise Payne.

Since their first mission under 'Okra' in October 2014, the RAAF's fighter aircraft have conducted continuous operations in the Middle East, flying more than 2,700 sorties over 21,700 flying hours, according to the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra.

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