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Singapore Air Force CH-47 Chinook crews qualify for deck landing on Australian vessels


Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) CH-47 Chinook helicoptercrews have qualifyied for take off and land on Australia’s largest vessels landing helicopter dock (LHD) HMAS Adelaide (L01) and HMAS Canberra (L02).

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Singapore Air Force CH 47 Chinook crews qualify for deck landing on Australian vessels 3 RSAF CH-47 Chinook about to land on HMAS Adelaide (L01) (Picture source: Twitter account of Australian MoD)


Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said “Last week I conducted my second official visit to Singapore and met with my counterpart Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen. During the visit, we jointly marked 30 years of the Singapore Armed Forces training in Australia. The 30th Anniversary of Singapore training in Australia is a significant milestone in our bilateral defence relationship, and this activity is a clear demonstration of the closeness of our friendship and our growing interoperability.”

The Singaporean CH-47 crews, permanently based at Oakey in Queensland, spent two days flying from Townsville to HMAS Adelaide at sea to undertake the Deck Landing Qualifications. This included communicating with the warship’s flight control room and being guided by Australian sailors on the flight deck.

Linda Reynolds added that “Singapore maintains an ongoing number of CH-47s at Oakey. These are the same aircraft that came to Australia’s aid during the 2020 bushfire emergency, underscoring the utility of being able to operate with Singapore in a crisis. We will always be grateful for Singapore’s assistance during our time of need.”


Singapore Air Force CH 47 Chinook crews qualify for deck landing on Australian vessels 1 RSAF CH-47 Chinook about to land on HMAS Adelaide (L01) (Picture source: Twitter account of Australian MoD)


Singapore Air Force CH 47 Chinook crews qualify for deck landing on Australian vessels 2 RSAF CH-47 Chinook about to land on HMAS Adelaide (L01) (Picture source: Twitter account of Australian MoD)