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Foxtrot Chinook "excels" during first overseas deployment

written by WOFA | March 19, 2018
An Australian Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter takes off from Mount Hagen Airport during Operation PNG Assist 2018. (Defence)
The Army says its new CH-47F Chinook has “excelled” during its first overseas deployment, which has seen three ‘Foxtrot’ model heavylift helicopters deploy to Papua New Guinea to provide disaster relief flights in the wake of a magnitude-7.5 earthquake late last month.
The quake, which struck PNG’s Highlands region on February 26, affected up to 140,000 people as roads were cut, leaving villages isolated and running low on food, fuels, water and medicine. As part of the Australian Government’s disaster relief response the RAAF deployed a C-130J Hercules and King Aircraft 350 aircraft to PNG, with the Army sending the three Chinook helicopters
“We got the notice on Monday night [March 8] to assist the government of PNG and on Tuesday conducted pre-deployment admin, planning, preparation and packing of the aircraft,” MAJ Patrick Schadel, Officer Commanding C Squadron, 5 Avn Regt, said last week.
“On Wednesday morning [March 10] we jumped in the aircraft in Townsville, flew up to Horn Island and then into Mount Hagen in the Western Highlands of PNG the following day,” MAJ Schadel said.
“So in the space of three days we had received our order to go, and self-deployed nearly 1,000 nautical miles to Mount Hagen with our aircraft fully ready to commence operations.”
Almost immediately the three CH-47Fs were pressed into service as part of JTF 635.1, delivering emergency supplies to remote villages as part of Operation PNG Assist 2018.
“The Chinook is perfect for operations such as Op PNG Assist because of its power,” said 5AVN crewman SGT Craig Hartnett.
“It’s performance in the high altitude regions of PNG and its volume of cargo carrying space – it’s the ideal aircraft for this type of work.”
CPL Ross Mead helps PNGDF personnel deliver aid from a CH-47F helicopter during Operation PNG Assist 2018. (Defence)


  • PAUL


    Awesome capability!

  • Scott


    Congrats ADF on your operation and who whoever was in government that had the fortitude to order a more modern and capable platform for all of Australia and neighbours benefit.

  • Nicholas


    This purchase, along with the C17 fleet shows the benefit of buying off the shelf….
    We need more great equipment purchases like this, very capable, quick into service and with interoperability with allies.

  • Trash Hauler


    What a weapon of a helicopter! Should have bought more of these and ditched the C27. The Chook IS a worthy Caribou replacement and more, except for the fact it can do lots of damage with rotor down wash. Good work to all involved

  • Doug Bell


    in the perfect world you would have 10 CH47’s, 12 C-27’s, 16 130 J’s and it would have been nice to have 10 of the big boys,but the dopey govt of the day dropped the ball on that on that one. but hey we have a very versatile fleet by anyones’s standards

  • john


    trash hauler/ Doug bell we do have 10 ch 47f ADF went and brought 3 more to make it 10 the the first order was for 7 but they got 3 more and we also have 10 c27j

  • Dan


    Off the shelf quality, reliability and interoperability. Do I hear the drumbeat for another 4?

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