Talisman Sabre 2011

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Re: Talisman Sabre 2011

Postby Richard G » Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:59 pm

"Shark 21" went up to the Exercise today, that's by my count 4 out of our 5 flying Seakings involved in the Ex with no reported sightings of the Canadian Seaking so far...

Some interesting snippets from the Def Media Alert the highlights of which for aviation enthusiasts are:

13 JUL
Helo Air Operations at Camp Rocky
Helo Pilots interviews in-front of aircraft, helos taking off

15 JUL
Aircraft activity at Darwin
Photo opportunity of a/c taking off and interviews with Pilots in-front of aircraft, F-15, B-52 :D , KC-135

17 JUL
Parachute Insert SWBTA
501st Airborne battalion (Alaska) [This should involve the mass C-17 arrival at Rocky? after the drop]
- 3rd RAR will be the OPFOR jumping and landing zone

2 media days for George

Media embark to USS George Washington

16 JUL
Fly Out of Darwin
Flight Ops on USS George Washington
- Embark HMAS Darwin for a few hours

22-23 JUL
National/International Media embark to USS George Washington
- Cross-decking media to AUS ship
National/International media are fly from Sydney to Darwin and embark to USS George Washington via Darwin

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Re: Talisman Sabre 2011

Postby damian f » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:15 pm

It's been a relatively quiet start to Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 at Rockhampton Airport this week.

Monday 11/7, most of the action was confined to the Australian Army helicopters that have been parked at Rockhampton Airport.

Eurocopter EC665 (ARH) Tiger and Sikorsky S70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters were noted flying sorties out of the Airport. One Blackhawk, A25-212, was photographed receiving some attention - one engineer wore a full protective suit, while A25-203 was noted operating circuits around the airport from a temporary landing site on the other side of Rockhampton Airport. Also arriving into Rockhampton Airport during the afternoon was more Australian Army Kiowa helicopters, A17-028 and A17-032.

On Tuesday 12/7 there was yet again a lot of helicopter movements, but there was a couple interesting fixed wing movements during the day.

Australian Army Sikorsky S70A-9 Blackhawk A25-203 was again doing circuits around the Airport. This was later joined by Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Westland Sea King Mk.50A - serial N16-118 - also operating cicuits as "Shark 07". (No sign of any other Sea Kings yet Richard!) There was also some winching practice performed by Blackhawk A25-112.

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Beech B350 Super King Air A32-670 from 38 Squadron popped into Rockhampton Airport as "Dingo 30".

United States Marine Corps (USMC) Lockheed KC-130J, 167983 (Tail Code QD-983) of the VMGR-152 Unit arrived from and departed back to the North.

And YES! Richard - late on 17/7 is when all hell breaks loose with multiple C17 arrivals!!

Also, haven't heard of any 'issues' yet with protestors.

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Re: Talisman Sabre 2011

Postby Chris Thurtell » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:39 pm

Posting so i get notified of updates :P
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Re: Talisman Sabre 2011

Postby damian f » Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:47 pm

A couple of more quiet days in Rockhampton over the last couple of days - well that has been spotted anyway!

Wednesday 13/7
United States Marine Corps (USMC) Lockheed KC-130J, 167983 (Tail Code QD-983) of the VMGR-152 Unit paid another quick visit.
Locals also spotted a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES (BBJ) AWACS "Wedgetail" aircraft performing a missed-approach onto Runway 15. The aircraft was noted using the callsign "Wedgetail 05" making the serial of the aircraft A30-005.

Thursday 14/7
Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Westland Sea King Mk.50A - serial N16-239 - "Shark 21" was noted alongside sisterships N16-125 ("Shark 10") and N16-118 ("Shark 07").
RAN Sikorsky S-70B/SH-60 Seahawk N24-009 arrived and departed as "Tiger 78".

Plenty of helicopter sorties both days as well - Kiowa, Blackhawk, and Tiger.

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Re: Talisman Sabre 2011

Postby Mick.B » Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:46 pm

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Re: Talisman Sabre 2011

Postby damian f » Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:59 pm

Back in Rocky for a couple of days so expect a few more posts here!

Summary for Saturday 16/7...

Our Airline (Air Nauru) Boeing B737-3YO VH-INU arrived and departed as RON901/900.
Qantas Boeing B767-338(ER) VH-OGN arrived from and later departed to Melbourne as QFA1358/6159.
Also on the ground is a broken down Alliance Airlines Fokker F-100 VH-XWM. This caused problems for parking as the usual heavy jet gate was unavailable so the Qantas B767 had to unload on a taxiway!

Of the military movements...

There was a spectacular departure of a formation of five Australian Army Commonwealth CA-32 (Bell 206B/OH-58A) Kiowa helicopters to Shoalwater Bay as "Redback Black". A decent crowd of onlookers gathered to watch A17-028, A17-031, A17-051, A17-038, A17-014 depart. There are a further two Kiowa tucked away in a hangar.
Later in the day, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-671 (38 Squadron) arrived as "Dingo 29".
And Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Westland Sea King Mk.50A N16-239 arrived as "Shark 21".

Word is the action with step up a notch tomorrow - here's hoping! There is also word - unfortunately - the mass C-17 para drop - if successful - could see all the C-17s bypass Rocky for Amberley - hope the weather over Shoalwater Bay is crappy!!!! Ha ha!!

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Re: Talisman Sabre 2011

Postby damian f » Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:53 pm

Report from Sunday 17/7 at Rockhampton Airport..

Today was the day for the United States Air Force (USAF) mass parachute drop over Central Queensland. It occured West of Rockhampton this morning. Unfortunately, the drop went perfectly and the four USAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III aircraft that were involved bypassed Rockhampton and landed at Amberley (see Brisbane forum). However, one of the C-17s involved ended up making an appearance at Rockhampton Airport late in the afternoon.

USAF C-17 05-5148 (Hickam AFB tail stripe) arrived from Amberley and later departed to Guam as "Slew 99"
USAF Lockheed MC-130P Hercules 69-5832 was believed to have visited Williamson Airfield - which is with the Shoalwater Bay Training Area - this afternoon. The Hercules was using the callsign "Warrior 10" and arrived from and departed to Richmond Air Force Base, West of Sydney.
USMC Lockheed KC-130J, 168066 (Tail Code QD-066) of the VMGR-152 Unit popped into Rockhampton as "Sumo 86" from Townsville.

Of the Aussies...
Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sikorsky S-70B/SH-60 Seahawk N24-016 arrived from and departed to Bundaberg as "Tiger 85". (there are a total of three Seahawks at Bundy)
There was also 2 formations of Townsville-based Australian Army Sikorsky S70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters. "Warhorse Black" consisted of A25-107 and A25-203. "Warhorse Blue" consisted of A25-222, A25-206, A25-224.
There was also two RAN Sea King movements with "Shark 10" and "Shark 21" flying to Shoalwater Bay.

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Re: Talisman Sabre 2011

Postby Richard G » Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:32 pm

Thanks for the updates Damian and some excellent picture summaries by correspondents on your blog... greatly appreciated

It would appear from the balus summaries of today that the 4 buddhas have all departed Amb or re-positioned elsewhere, I won't mention call signs as they may be stale or inaccurate...

05-5148
03-3124
02-1111
00-0180

it would also appear the following MC-130H's were active

83-1212
84-0476
69-5826

the only point of interest I can add is that some Herc crews appear to have conducted inter-service work experience today from Richmond with "Trojan 11" and "Trojan 12" operating with partial Yank crews and "Warrior 20" operating with a partial Aussie crew, as the "accents" clearly gave the game away...

I would not be surprised to hear perhaps some HH or MH variety 60's to work with the MC's given that sadly Marine helicopters are not making an appearance and there have been some extra "REACH" flights into Richmond and various other airports - but I am only hopeful as nothing has been reported so far...
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Re: Talisman Sabre 2011

Postby A.C » Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:47 pm

Not sure if this has been reported,

A report on the aircraft carrier off darwin tonight on the 6:30 report on channel 10.

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Re: Talisman Sabre 2011

Postby damian f » Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:27 pm

Monday 18/7 (been a bit slack - sorry)

There were as many as six various model Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft in the air over Shoalwater Bay during the afternoon. They were various Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and United States Air Force (USAF) models. They were heard flying in from Richmond using various callsigns such as "Warrior 20" (which was a formation of two RAAF C-130H Hercules), "Trojan 11", "Trojan 12", "Trojan 45", and "Trojan 55".

Most of the "Trojan" aircraft were believed to be USAF Hercules aircraft, with at least Lockheed MC-130H Hercules 84-0476 and 83-1212, and Lockheed MC-130P Hercules 69-5826 all noted in the air (courtesy of Balus!).

Most of the aircraft later returned directly to Richmond AFB, but three eventually landed at Rockhampton. RAAF C-130Hs, A97-006 arriving as "Warrior 22", and A97-007 arriving as "Warrior 20". These aircraft flew up to Shaolwater Bay in formation.

Just after the sun went down USAF Lockheed MC-130P Hercules 69-5826 arrived as "Trojan 55". It left around 7pm for Richmond.

By far the highlight of the day and night though was the arrival and departure of three USAF Boeing C-17A Globemaster III aircraft. These three Globemasters were all involved in the mass parachute drop the previous day, but this time picked up a load of soldiers each and departed to the North-East.

03-3124 used the callsign "Reach 775"
02-1111 used the callsign "Reach 526"
00-0180 used the callsign "Reach 146"

A small crowd gathered to watch the action, which was also being watched over by several military police officers and police dogs. The last C-17 took-off around 10.30pm making the night one to remember.

Earlier in the day, more helicopter sorties to and from Rockhampton Airport were highlighted by the arrival of two more Australian Army Commonwealth CA-32 (Bell 206B/OH-58A) Kiowa helicopters. The Kiowas - A17-054 and A17-040 - arrived from and later departed to the South as “Knights Red”.

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sikorsky S-70B/SH-60 Seahawk N24-005 also popped in for a visit. The Seahawk also arrived from and later departed to the South as "Tiger 74".

RAN Westland Mk.50A Sea Kings N16-125 "Shark 10" and N16-239 "Shark 21" also operated out of Rockhampton Airport, flying sorties to the North of the Airport.

That was Monday - pics somewhere on the Blog - about three posts down now - http://cqplanespotting.blogspot.com/

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Re: Talisman Sabre 2011

Postby damian f » Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:36 pm

Tuesday 19/7 at Rockhampton Airport..

Local news reported that there was a mass amphibious landing in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area early, and to support this there were several Eurocopter EC665 (ARH) Tiger and Sikorsky S70A-9 Blackhawk helicopter sorties from Rockhampoton Airport to the training area.

Eurocopter Tigers A38-020 and A38-012 flew as "Grumpy 11", while A38-008 and A38-007 flew as "Mohawk".

Also noted flying to the training area were Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Westland Mk.50A Sea Kings N16-239 "Shark 21" and N16-118 "Shark 07", while RAN Sikorsky S-70B/SH-60 Seahawk N24-005 arrived again today from the South as “Tiger 74”.

Later in the day, a formation of four Blackhawks was set to fly out at "Warhorse Blue" however on departure, one of the choppers, A25-215, was seen to be puffing out a lot of smoke from one engine. It immediately landed safely and was later photographed being towed to the temporary Australian Army helicopter maintenance area. The other three Blackhawks departed as planned.

There were some interesting United States Navy (USN) helicopter movements as well. Arriving late in the morning, and parking at Rockhampton Airport for most of the day were USN Sikorsky SH-60F Oceanhawk 164446 of the HSL-51 VIP 7th Fleet, which arrived as "Blackbeard 02" , while USN Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk 163240 of the HSL-51 Unit arrived as "Warlord 710". This Seahawk was also noted popping into the airport on two other occasions during the day.

Of the fixed-wing movements, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-207 popped into Rockhampton from Amberley as “Stallion 24”.

RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-339 from 38 Squadron popped into Rockhampton Airport as "Dingo 11".

Lastly, United States Marine Corps (USMC) Lockheed KC-130J, 167983 (Tail Code QD-983) of the VMGR-152 Unit paid a quick visit before departing to the North as "Sumo 82".

Pics are as always on the Blog - just updated! - http://cqplanespotting.blogspot.com/

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Re: Talisman Sabre 2011

Postby damian f » Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:56 pm

Evening all,

Don't have much to report from Wednesday, but Thursday started with an incident... A well-known Peace Activist managed to cut a padlock on a Gate at Rockhampton Airport, rode a tri-cycle to a Eurocopter Tiger helicopter, and took to it with an axe...

More details here - http://tinyurl.com/3wwqlcr

More details on movements to come...

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Re: Talisman Sabre 2011

Postby peter kelly » Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:54 pm

what an imbecile!!! please charge and prosecute this clown!! a "well known" peace activist who uses violence and vandalism to make his point, yep!!
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Re: Talisman Sabre 2011

Postby Mick.B » Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:52 pm

This prick should have been locked up for the whole exercise. Our laws are weak as piss in this country. Lets see what slap on the wrist he gets for this.
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Re: Talisman Sabre 2011

Postby damian f » Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:56 pm

Evening all,

Agreed on the thoughts about this peace activist and his "non-violent protest"... with an axe!! Suffice to say I am not publishing his name as I don't want to give him or his cause any publicity...

Anyway, a report from Wednesday and Thursday (which of course was affected by a massive Qld and Fed Police presence after the 'incident')

Wednesday 20 July turned out to be a relatively quiet day, with the majority of movements again being from Australian Army Eurocopter EC665 (ARH) Tiger and Sikorsky S70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters, as well as Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Westland Mk.50A Sea King sorties to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area.

Of the American forces, United States Navy (USN) Sikorsky SH-60B Seahawk - 163240 - of the HSL-51 Unit visited Rockhampton again as "Warlord 710".

And United States Marine Corps (USMC) Lockheed KC-130J, 167983 (Tail Code QD-983) of the VMGR-152 Unit, popped in once again from the North.

Thursday 21 July.. Local spotters report that the Eurocopter Tiger helicopter that was allegedly damaged by the idiot could be A38-006.

Notable movements on Thursday included United States Navy (USN) Sikorsky SH-60F Oceanhawk - 164081 - of the HSL-51 VIP 7th Fleet was noted flying as "Blackbeard 01". This is the sister-helicopter to USN Sikorsky Oceanhawk 164446 which flew into Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday as "Blackbeard 02". Both choppers are from the USN ship "USS Blue Ridge".

Another USN visitor was Lockheed C-130T Hercules 165158 (tail code CW-158) of the VR-54 Unit, arrived as "Convoy 7142".

Also paying another visit - almost a daily routine now - was United States Marine Corps (USMC) Lockheed KC-130J, 167983 (Tail Code QD-983) of the VMGR-152 Unit, this time as "Sumo 81".

Lastly, as Virgin Australia B737-700, possibly VH-VBF, arrived in the late afternoon from Brisbane, the Rockhampton Airport Tower Controller noticed a large amount of smoke coming from the left main landing gear during its landing roll-out. The B737 was just beginning to exit the runway when the controller instructed it to hold position. Two fire tenders were dispatched and it was some minutes before the B737 was cleared to taxi to the apron, with the fire tenders following closely behind.

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