RAAF C-130J & USAF MC-130Js Train Together

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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and its United States Air Force (USAF) counterparts, recently participated in Exercise Teak Action (24 June - 2 July) with C-130J and MC-130J aircraft respectively.

The annual exercises, underway since 2016, featured RAAF No. 37 Squadron C-130Js along with three MC-130J Commando II aircraft belonging to the USAF’s 353rd Special Operations Group (SOG).

The bilateral exercises held at RAAF Base Richmond featured complex training scenarios.

“Both parties learnt an immense amount and achieved a lot in a surprisingly short time, ultimately planning and integrating together as smoothly as two Australian units normally would,” said CO No. 37 Squadron Wing Commander Anthony Kay. "The 353rd SOG regularly employ capabilities that we have started to develop."

No. 37 Squadron used the training opportunity to allow its newly established Combat System Operators (CSO) to train with the 353rd SOG’s CSOs. The operation of the MC-130J’s various communication systems, sensors and other specialist equipment is the responsibility of the CSO.

The 353rd SOG has stayed on in Australia to take part in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2021.

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