15 Apr 10. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is reviewing the proposed joint strike fighter (JSF) use of the Salt Ash air weapons range in response to the draft public environment report. Air Force deputy chief Air Vice Marshal Geoff Brown said that the analysis was aimed at reducing JSF noise impact on communities in the immediate vicinity of
“This review will determine if the air force can decrease noise impact on
residents by changing the way the JSF will use the weapons range,” he said.
Parts of Medowie and Oyster Cove will be classified as noise-affected under the ANEF 2025.
“Changing the way we use the range will have an impact on RAAF Base
Williamtown’s fast jet training capability and this review will determine
whether that is viable and sustainable,” Brown said. Australia will acquire up to 100 Lockheed-built F-35 Lightning JSF aircraft, an advanced stealthy multirole combat aircraft. The first JSF to enter service in 2018 will be based at RAAF Williamtown and use the Salt Ash range for training. The JSF, powered by a large and powerful single engine, will be noisier than the current aircraft, particularly in take-off, though not in level flight, according to the RAAF. (Source: airforcetechnology.com)
14 Apr 10. After three months providing 24/7 close air
support and reconnaissance to coalition forces in Afghanistan, the RAF’s IX (Bomber) Squadron handed over their duties to Number II (Army Cooperation) Squadron yesterday, Tuesday 13 April 2010. For the past three months IX (B) Squadron, normally based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, have been operating their Tornado GR4s from Kandahar Airfield (KAF) in
Afghanistan. (Source: ASD Network)
15 Apr 10. General Dynamics NASSCO today began construction of the future USNS Medgar Evers, the thirteenth ship of the U.S. Navy’s T-AKE program. The Medgar Evers is named in honor of the U.S. Army veteran and civil rights pioneer from Mississippi. The ship is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in the second quarter of 2012. When it joins the fleet, the Medgar Evers will be used primarily to stage U.S. Marine Corps equipment abroad by the Navy’s Military Sealift Command.
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT
15 Apr 10. The Danish Government will cut the number of troops operating in Afghanistan in 2011 as part of country’s new disengagement strategy, according to Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen. Espersen said the new strategy allowed Danish forces to play a less direct, and more supportive and training role, enabling a reduction in military engagement to the benefit of civil reconstruction efforts, according to the Frontier Post.
“Denmark does not plan to stay in Afghanistan longer than is necessary,” she said. “We will not withdraw before making sure that the Afghan population can live in peace and security.”
As part of the International Security Assistance Force, Denmark deployed around 750 soldiers to Afghanistan, mostly based in the southern Helmand province under British command. As Danish forces prepare to withdraw their active operational role, the government will focus on training an Afghan battalion to be deployed in the Danish sector of Helmand. The withdrawal date will be set depending on the development of the situation in Helmand province and at what rate the progress on the security plan is realised, the foreign minister said. (Source: armytechnology.com)
09 Apr 10. Brig. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward, vice commander, 18th Air Force, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to commander, 17th Air Force and U.S. Air Forces Africa, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
13 Apr 10. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, director, J-9, U.S. Forces-Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq, to chief of public affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Washington, D.C.
13 Apr 10. Maj. Gen. Michael S. Repass, commanding general, U.S. Army Special Forces C