Expanding FARP capability with Australian partners

Expanding FARP capability with Australian partners

U.S. Airmen from the 17th Special Operations Squadron and 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron participated alongside their forward air refueling point (FARP) counterparts from the Australian Army 6th Aviation Regiment to refuel five HH-60 Blackhawks from the 6th Aviation Assault Force July 17, 2017, at Mackay Field, Australia. The combined training exercise marked the first-time rapid ground refueling procedures from the U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II have been used with a Pacific theater partner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Expanding FARP capability with Australian partners

U.S. Air Force 320th Special Tactics Squadron combat controllers and pararesucemen discuss the timeline for high altitude, high opening (HAHO) jump operations July 17, 2017, over Queensland, Australia. In order to execute forward air refueling point (FARP) operations during Talisman Saber 2017, the 320th STS and Australian Army 2 Commando Regiment operators infiltrated the area to establish the landing zone. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Expanding FARP capability with Australian partners

A U.S. Air Force 320th Special Tactics Squadron pararesuceman inspects his gear prior to high altitude, high opening (HAHO) jump operations July 17, 2017, over Queensland, Australia. The 320th STS and Australian Army 2 Commando Regiment operators infiltrated the area in order to establish the landing zone for forward air refueling point (FARP) operations during Talisman Saber 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Expanding FARP capability with Australian partners

A U.S. Air Force 320th Special Tactics Squadron jumpmaster prepares for high altitude, high opening (HAHO) jump operations July 17, 2017, over Queensland, Australia during Talisman Saber 2017. The 320th STS combat controllers and pararescumen can rapidly infiltrate into austere or hostile areas to enable airpower success in support of contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Expanding FARP capability with Australian partners

U.S. Air Force 320th Special Tactics Squadron combat controllers and pararescuemen execute high altitude, high opening (HAHO) jump operations out the back of a U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II July 17, 2017, over Queensland, Australia. The combined training exercise conducted during Talisman Saber 2017 further developed the integration of forces between the U.S. Air Force and Australian Defence Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Expanding FARP capability with Australian partners

A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II loadmaster and an Australian Army 2 Commando Regiment jumpmaster discuss the timeline for high altitude, high opening (HAHO) jump operations July 17, 2017, over Queensland, Australia. The combined training exercise strengthened interoperability and the working relationship between U.S. and Australian special operations forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Expanding FARP capability with Australian partners

A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II loadmaster looks out the back of the Commando II following high altitude, high opening (HAHO) jump operations July 17, 2017, over Queensland, Australia. U.S. Air Force 320th Special Tactics Squadron and Australian Army 2 Commando Regiment operators infiltrated the area prior to forward air refueling point (FARP) operations in order to establish the landing zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Expanding FARP capability with Australian partners

A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II pilot reviews the checklist following high altitude, high opening (HAHO) jump operations July 17, 2017, over Queensland, Australia. Experts in specialized aviation, the 17th SOS conducts training operations often to ensure they are always ready perform a variety of high-priority, low-visibility missions throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific-Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Expanding FARP capability with Australian partners

U.S. Airmen from the 17th Special Operations Squadron and 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron participated alongside their forward air refueling point (FARP) counterparts from the Australian Army 6th Aviation Regiment to refuel five HH-60 Blackhawks from the 6th Aviation Battalion Assault Force July 17, 2017, at Mackay Field, Australia. The combined training exercise enabled the U.S. Air Force and Australian Army to improve interoperability and develops tactics, training and procedures for future joint FARP operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Expanding FARP capability with Australian partners
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A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II loadmaster follows the refueling hose back to the Commando II following the forward air refueling point (FARP) operations with five HH-60 Blackhawks from the 6th Aviation Assault Force July 17, 2017, at Mackay Field, Australia. The combined training exercise further developed the capability of covert and nighttime refueling operations in situations where conventional refueling capabilities are not feasible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

Expanding FARP capability with Australian partners
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An Australian Army 6th Aviation Regiment forward air refueling point (FARP) technician communicates to the Australian Army HH-60 Blackhawk aircrew following a successful refuel from a U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II July 17, 2017, at Mackay Field, Australia. The combined training exercise marked the first-time rapid ground refueling procedures from the Commando II have been used with a Pacific theater partner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

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U.S. Airmen from the 17th Special Operations Squadron and 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron participated alongside their forward air refueling point (FARP) counterparts from the Australian Army 6th Aviation Regiment to pack up equipment following FARP operations July 17, 2017, at Mackay Field, Australia. The combined training exercise involved U.S. Air Force and Australian Army working side-by-side to refuel a five-ship assault force advancing to the objective. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

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