THE once familiar sound of jets in Nowra skies is set to return this week as the air force uses Shoalhaven airspace to train with five F/A-18F Super Hornets.
The Super Hornets will conduct training in the over-water airspace off Nowra.
The Super Hornets from Number 1 Squadron will take off from their home AT RAAF Base Amberley and transit off the east coast to the Nowra training area, supported by the KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker from 33 Squadron, RAAF Base Amberley.
Commanding Officer of Number 1 Squadron Wing Commander Murray Jones said the training would involve a series of scenarios that will test the aircrew.
“The exercise also provides essential training in the lead-in to exercises that we will be participating in later in the year from RAAF Base Williamtown,” he said.
Commander Air Combat Group Air Commodore Tony Grady said in addition to the September activity, RAAF Base Williamtown will support some of the Super Hornets from RAAF Base Amberley while their runway receives a major upgrade.
“I anticipate that the F/A-18F Super Hornets will use the Nowra training area and if required, the airfield at Nowra for possible diverts,” he said.
The training is planned to conclude on Friday, September 20 with the disturbance to the community minimised by limiting flying to daylight hours.