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RAAF AP-3C Orion at the 2015 Australian International Airshow

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion, of 92 Wing, jettisons flares during a trial of electronic warfare self-protection systems by the Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia.

Captured in this photograph is 10 Squadron, RAAF, P-3C Orion A9-755. The photo was probably taken in the late 1970's, early 1980's.Photo RAAF PR Official via my collection

I guess when Peter floated Movement and Motion as the theme, I had ulterior motive for giving the nod.

 

Had a great day at the airshow this year, and serendipity struck too. More on that when I get around to processing the photos of the hardware. This is the RAAF AP-3C Orion.

 

A Royal Australian Air Force AP3-C Orion taxiing at RAAF Williamtown Base during joint Operation Diamond Shield.

 

Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

 

From the RAAF Website;

 

- "The AP-3C Orion is an extremely versatile aircraft capable of land and maritime surveillance, anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare, naval fleet support, and search and rescue operations.

 

The Orion aircraft first entered military service in 1968 as the P-3B model, with the P-3C variant first introduced in 1978. Following several modification projects the significantly upgraded AP-3C Orion (current) were introduced into service in 2002. The AP-3C is a significantly enhanced capability from the first P-3B model; now fitted with a variety of sensors, including digital multi-mode radar, electronic support measures, electro-optics detectors (infra-red and visual), magnetic anomaly detectors, friend or foe identification systems and acoustic detectors. Based at RAAF Base Edinburgh, in 2012 the AP-3C Orion ceased 10 years of operational service in the Middle East, completing 2,400 missions with more than 3,500 personnel deployed throughout the period.

AP-3C Orion A9-755 of 10Sqn RAAF at the Avalon airshow, March 2 2013

RAAF AP-3C Orion at the 2015 Australian International Airshow

Former United States Navy Ship Kilauea breaks apart and sinks following a torpedo attack from the Collins Class submarine HMAS Farncomb, on the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) off Hawaii, during RIMPAC 2012. HMAS Farncomb fired a Mark 48 Torpedo into the Kilauea's hull, striking the ship below the bridge. Midcaption: Australia is one of 22 nations attending RIMPAC that includes six submarines, 40 surface ships and an aircraft carrier participating in a realistic maritime warfare scenario. Australian soldiers from 1 RAR are also participating in the amphibious aspect of the exercise, alongside US Marines. RAAF AP-3C Orions and a Wedgetail are also providing air support

The AP-3C Orion is the Royal Australian Air Force’s maritime patrol aircraft. The Orion first entered service in 1962, with the P-3c first introduced in 1968.

Significantly upgraded Australian Orions, designated AP-3C, were introduced into service in 2002 and are fitted with a variety of sensors, including digital multi-mode radar, electronic support measures, electro-opticical detection equipment (infra-red and visual), magnetic anomaly detector, identification friend or foe equipment and acoustic detectors.

All 18 AP-3C Orions are operated by No. 92 Wing which is based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia. The RAAF's AP-3C Orions are expected to be replaced by up to a dozen P-8 Poseidons and six to eight RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles between 2015 and 2018.

 

RAAF A9-755 Lockheed AP-3C Orion c/n 5664. Delivered to the RAAF in August 1978. In service 10 Sqn, 92 Wing - Day 3 Avalon 2013 Australian International Airshow. File: A9-755_YMAV_20130228_9198

RAAF A9-757 Lockheed AP-3C Orion c/n 5668 - Day 2 Defence Force Air Show 4-5 October 2008. File: A9-757_YAMB_20081005_3464

A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion flies low on a high speed pass over HMAS KANIMBLA.

AP-3C Orion A9-755 of 10Sqn RAAF at the Avalon airshow, March 2 2013

A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft lands at Honiara International Airport for Operation SOLANIA, Solomon Islands.

 

Mid Caption: The Australian Defence Force is helping to protect Australia’s Pacific neighbours from illegal fishing.

During November 2011, ADF-led operations SOLANIA and KURU KURU saw Australia join with neighbouring Pacific Islands Countries in fisheries law enforcement.

 

Coordinated from a headquarters at Honiara, Solomon Islands, these operations involved a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft, and a de Havilland dash- 8 maritime patrol aircraft operated by Border Protection and Customs. The headquarters was led by a Royal Australian Navy Commander and staffed by Australian Government personnel from Border Protection and Customs, and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, working alongside other personnel from the United States, New Zealand, France and participating Pacific Islands countries.

The support ultimately enables the economic development of Pacific Islands countries through the protection of their fisheries area and other resources.

 

Photo by Sergeant Mick Davis

1st Joint Public Affairs Unit

The AP-3C is the RAAF's primary marine search platform. Based off the regular Lockheed P-3 Orion, this aircraft type is getting a good deal of press because of recent MH370 developments. This aircraft may even be actively participating in the search of the Southern Indian Ocean.

AP-3C Orion A9-755 of 10Sqn RAAF at the Avalon airshow, March 2 2013

An RAAF AP 3C Orion snaps an allied submarine during an Anti Submarine Warfare evolution during RIMPAC 2010 off Hawaii.

 

2 Orions and support crews from 11 Squadron 92 Wing (RAAF Edinburgh) have been attending RIMPAC to exercise their maritime warfare and surveillance capabilities.

 

The Australian Defence Force’s largest international maritime exercise, Exercise Rim-of-the-Pacific (RIMPAC) is designed to test interoperability with 14 Pacific Rim nations.

 

Approximately 1200 ADF personnel will be participating.

 

This year marks the 22nd RIMPAC. It is being hosted by the US Third Fleet over a five week period, finishing on the 1st August 2010.

 

Lockheed AP-3C Orion @ Australian International Airshow

 

The Lockheed AP-3C Orion is a variant of the P-3 Orion used by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for tasks such as naval fleet support, maritime surveillance, search and survivor supply and anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare. The 18 AP-3C Orions were upgraded from P-3Cs between 1997 and 2005, with the program taking three years longer than expected due to systems integration problems. All 18 AP-3C Orions are operated by No. 92 Wing which is based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia. Aircraft from the wing have seen service as part of Australian Defence Force operations in Australia, South East Asia and the Middle East.

A canadian patrol Aurora aircraft takes part in a multinational fly-by with three Australian AP-3 Orion and one Pakistani P-3C Orion, at the Royal Australian Navy International Review in Sydney, Australia on October 5, 2013.

 

Photo: Cpl Gerald Cormier, 14 Wing Imaging

 

Un avion Aurora de la patrouille canadienne effectue un survol en compagnie de trois avions AP-3 Orion australiens et d’un avion P-3C Orion pakistanais, le 5 octobre 2013, à Sydney (Australie), dans le cadre de l’examen international de la Royal Australian Navy.

 

Photo : Cpl Gerald Cormier, Imagerie de la 14e Escadre

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HMAS Ararat on patrol in the Arafura Sea during the Australia–Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (AUSINDO CORPAT) 2011.

 

Mid-caption: Royal Australian Navy Armidale-class patrol boat HMAS Ararat and a Royal Australian Air Force AP–3C Orion join forces with the Indonesian Navy ships KRI Sultan Nuku and KRI Sura to conduct the second Australia–Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (AUSINDO CORPAT) in the waters between Australia and Indonesia from 15–28 April 2011.

 

Targeting the exploitation of natural resources, specifically illegal fishing, the coordinated patrol is building greater maritime security cooperation between the Australian and Indonesian defence forces along the two country’s shared maritime boundaries.

 

The coordinated patrol is being conducted under the umbrella of Operation Resolute, the Australian Defence Force contribution to the whole-of-government commitment to protect Australia’s borders and offshore maritime interests.

 

Operation Resolute began on 17 July 2006 and is commanded by Border Protection Command (BPC), which is responsible for operational coordination and control of both civil and military maritime enforcement activities within the area of operation.

 

Photograph by LS Andrew Dakin

1st Joint Public Affairs Unit

RAAF A9-757 Lockheed AP-3C Orion c/n 5668 - Day 2 Defence Force Air Show 4-5 October 2008. File: A9-757_YAMB_20081005_P1040268

RAAF AP-3C Orion at the 2015 Australian International Airshow

A9-56, Lockheed AP-3C Orion, Royal Australian Air Force, 01 March 2014 - RAAF Point Cook air show

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75SQN F/A-18 jets taxi's past a 92WG 11SQN AP-3C Orion during Exercise PWO SAW.

 

Deep Caption Details.

 

Aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force arrived at RAAF Base Pearce in preparation for a joint maritime training exercise with the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy.

 

The exercise, to be conducted off the West Coast, will run from 8-19 November 2004. The exercise is considered an important activity for the ADF allowing personnel, equipment and platforms to be tested in realistic warlike scenarios.

 

Approximately 200 hundred personnel will join local expertise at RAAF Pearce for the 2 week exercise- the biggest of its kind for the local base this year.

 

Air Force aircraft and personnel will conduct maritime patrol, strike, air to air and anti-surface missions in support of Navy ships training in the WA exercise area.

Former United States Navy Ship Kilauea awaits a torpedo attack from the Collins Class submarine HMAS Farncomb, on the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) off Hawaii, during RIMPAC 2012. Mid caption: Australia is one of 22 nations attending RIMPAC that includes six submarines, 40 surface ships and an aircraft carrier participating in a realistic maritime warfare scenario. Australian soldiers from 1 RAR are also participating in the amphibious aspect of the exercise, alongside US Marines. RAAF AP-3C Orions and a Wedgetail are also providing air support.

Lockheed AP-3C Orion C/N 285D-5782 Orion, A9-658, Royal Australian Air Force, F/A-18 Hornet/ Bug, Willamtown NSW, Nobelj

RAAF A9-755 Lockheed AP-3C Orion c/n 5664 - Day 4 Avalon 2013 Australian International Airshow. File: A9-755_YMAV_20130301_9437

This aircraft was flying circuits out of Darwin Airport and kept sweeping over us at moderate altitude. By the time I got out there with a camera for a shot the light was getting rather soft which meant most of the pictures I took were no good, but I think the two I have uploaded have nice character to them despite the blurry focus.

Wikipedia has a reasonable article on the RAAF AP-3C: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AP-3C_Orion

Former United States Navy Ship Kilauea breaks apart and sinks following a torpedo attack from the Collins Class submarine HMAS Farncomb, on the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) off Hawaii, during RIMPAC 2012. HMAS Farncomb fired a Mark 48 Torpedo into the Kilauea's hull, striking the ship below the bridge. Mid Caption: Australia is one of 22 nations attending RIMPAC that includes six submarines, 40 surface ships and an aircraft carrier participating in a realistic maritime warfare scenario. Australian soldiers from 1 RAR are also participating in the amphibious aspect of the exercise, alongside US Marines. RAAF AP-3C Orions and a Wedgetail are also providing air support.

I can see you!

A9-56, Lockheed AP-3C Orion, Royal Australian Air Force, 01 March 2014 - RAAF Point Cook air show

RAAF A9-757 Lockheed AP-3C Orion c/n 5668. Back on terraferma - Day 2 Defence Force Air Show 4-5 October 2008. File: A9-757_YAMB_20081005_3475

HMAS Darwin alongside Pearl Harbor on Exercise RIM-OF-THE-PACIFIC 2012 (RIMPAC 12).

 

Mid Caption: Approximately 1100 Australian sailors, soldiers, airmen and women are participating on Exercise RIM-OF-THE-PACIFIC (RIMPAC 12) from 27 Jun 12 to 2 Aug 12 in the Islands of Hawaii. Two Royal Australian Navy (RAN) war ships HMAS Darwin and HMAS Perth, the submarine HMAS Farncomb will be conducting a range of exercises and live firing. The Australian Clearance Diving Team will be working with other nations conducting explosive ordnance disposal and mine countermeasure activities in California and Hawaii. Also participating in the exercise are two AP-3C Orions, a S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter and the E7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) supported by Air Force personnel from Number 2 Squadron. Additionally 150 Army personnel from the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) with engineer, artillery and support elements are working with US Navy and US marine elements in the Hawaii operating area.

RIMPAC 12 is the world’s largest multilateral live-fire maritime training exercise held around the Islands of Hawaii. There are 22 participating nations including Australia, Canada, France and Russia. The US sponsored exercise is aimed to enhance the interoperability of the combined forces and involves war-fighting exercises, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) and maritime security operations.

 

Photo by CPL Chris Dickson

1st Joint Public Affairs Unit

 

They were practicing some take offs and landings l think. Several aircraft continued to do circuits around Darwin. I was happy to have the opportunity to take so many images but after an hour or so l drove off - only to see a RAAF C-17 Globemaster III quickly land! I was kicking myself!

Former United States Navy Ship Kilauea breaks apart and sinks following a torpedo attack from the Collins Class submarine HMAS Farncomb, on the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) off Hawaii, during RIMPAC 2012. HMAS Farncomb fired a Mark 48 Torpedo into the Kilauea's hull, striking the ship below the bridge. Mid Caption: Australia is one of 22 nations attending RIMPAC that includes six submarines, 40 surface ships and an aircraft carrier participating in a realistic maritime warfare scenario. Australian soldiers from 1 RAR are also participating in the amphibious aspect of the exercise, alongside US Marines. RAAF AP-3C Orions and a Wedgetail are also providing air support.

A canadian patrol Aurora aircraft takes part in a multinational fly-by with three Australian AP-3 Orion and one Pakistani P-3C Orion, at the Royal Australian Navy International Review in Sydney, Australia on October 5, 2013.

 

Photo: Cpl Gerald Cormier, 14 Wing Imaging

 

Un avion Aurora de la patrouille canadienne effectue un survol en compagnie de trois avions AP-3 Orion australiens et d’un avion P-3C Orion pakistanais, le 5 octobre 2013, à Sydney (Australie), dans le cadre de l’examen international de la Royal Australian Navy.

 

Photo : Cpl Gerald Cormier, Imagerie de la 14e Escadre

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The Royal Australian Air Force celebrated the seventy-fifth anniversary of the formation of its two AP-3C Orion units, 10 Squadron and 11 Squadron, with an airshow at RAAF Edinburgh, near Adelaide, South Australia, on 3-4 October 2014. Formed in 1939, both squadrons today are assigned to 92 Wing. 10 Squadron crews conducted antisubmarine warfare operations and patrols from bases in the United Kingdom until it disbanded in late 1945. It was reformed in Australia in 1949. 10 Squadron flew Lockheed P2V Neptune maritime patrol aircraft from 1962 through 1978 before converting to the Orion. 11 Squadron, which flew Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft during World War II, flew Neptunes from 1951 through 1968. This squadron was the first Australian unit to convert to the P-3B.

 

Planes spotted rnning through a trial run on 1 Oct 2014.

 

Taken from St Kilda playground.

 

Canon EOS 5d

 

2014

 

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10 Squadron maintenance members conducting the first AP-3C Orion aircraft wash carried out on Operation RESOLUTE at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Darwin.

 

Members of 92 Wing, deployed to Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Darwin, work within Joint Task Force 639 Air Component Coordination Element during Operation RESOLUTE, operating the AP-3C Orion.

 

Operation RESOLUTE is part of an ongoing operation to protect Australia’s borders and offshore maritime interests

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