Amerikaanse lugmag koop Canberra - geskiedenis

Amerikaanse lugmag koop Canberra - geskiedenis

Vir die eerste keer sedert 1918 het die VSA besluit om 'n Englsih -vliegtuig onder lisensie te vervaardig. Die ligte bomwerper die "Canberra" is vervaardig deur Glenn Martin onder lisensie van English Electro. Die lugmag het die Canberra die 'B-57' aangewys en 403 van die vliegtuie aangekoop.


Die Amerikaanse weermag was van die begin af in die ruimte

Die woorde "Space Force" roep beelde op van plastoïde-legering-geklede soldate wat straalgewere op vreemdelinge afvuur, maar militêre aktiwiteite in die ruimte is nie net wetenskapfiksie nie. Die Amerikaanse weermag is sedert die begin betrokke by die ruimte, net miskien nie onder die naam nie.

Vise -president Mike Pence het vandag onthul dat die administrasie hoop dat Space Force teen 2020 gereed sal wees om tydens 'n toespraak in die Pentagon te vlieg. Die voorstel moet nog goedgekeur word deur die kongres, maar amptenare van die Withuis het voortdurend vorentoe gegaan sonder die ondersteuning van die kongres. Aanvanklike stappe om 'n Amerikaanse ruimtekommando te vestig ('n gevegseenheid wat toegewy is aan die verdediging van ruimte) kan teen die einde van die jaar begin. Dit sal ruimtekenners van alle takke van die weermag moet trek en 'n kantoor skep vir die ontwikkeling van ruimtewapens en die verkryging van satelliete. Pence kondig ook 'n nuwe burgerlike posisie aan, assistent -minister van verdediging vir ruimte, wat toesig sal hou oor die oprigting van die ruimtemag.

In Junie, tydens 'n vergadering van die National Space Council in die Withuis, het president Donald Trump oor die onderwerp gepraat. My administrasie herwin Amerika se erfenis as die wêreld se grootste ruimtevaart. Die essensie van die Amerikaanse karakter is om nuwe horisonne te verken en nuwe grense te tem. Maar ons lot, buite die aarde, is nie net 'n kwessie van nasionale identiteit nie, maar ook 'n kwessie van nasionale veiligheid, het hy aangekondig. “ [I] t is nie genoeg om bloot 'n Amerikaanse teenwoordigheid in die ruimte te hê nie. Ons moet Amerikaanse oorheersing in die ruimte hê. "

Maar as die idee is om te verseker dat die weermag in die ruimte betrokke is, is 'n toegewyde ruimtemag dalk nie nodig nie; Aeronautics (NACA) is oorheers deur militêre personeel en bestuurders in die bedryf. NACA -laboratoriums het gehelp om baie tegnologieë te ontwikkel wat tydens die Tweede Wêreldoorlog in militêre vliegtuie beland het. Daarna werk NACA saam met die lugmag om vliegtuie te ontwikkel wat supersonies kan vlieg. Daarna het hy begin werk aan ballistiese raketontwerpe en in die vyftigerjare begin om planne vir bemande vlug te ontwikkel. In 1958, 'n jaar nadat die USSR ’'s die eerste ballistiese missiel gelanseer het en die Sputnik -satelliet die Space Race begin het, is NACA ingeskakel in die nuutgeskepte NASA, 'n burgerlike agentskap met 'n breër mandaat, meer krag en meer hulpbronne.

Clinton Parks by Space.com berig dat die burgerlike aard van NASA nooit 'n gegewe was nie. Die leier van die meerderheid in die senaat, Lyndon Johnson, wou 'n ruimteagentskap stig om seker te maak dat die Verenigde State die ruimte militêr beheer. President Eisenhower wou glad nie 'n ruimteagentskap hê nie, en glo dat dit 'n vermorsing van geld was. Uiteindelik het die twee gekompromitteer en 'n burgerlike agentskap geskep nadat Johnson oortuig was dat ruimte nie net 'n moontlike slagveld was nie, maar 'n platform vir wetenskaplike en tegnologiese vooruitgang wat 'n groot seën sou wees vir die Amerikaanse en kommersiële belange.

Die stigting van NASA beteken nie 'n einde vir die Amerikaanse weermag in die ruimte nie, alhoewel baie van sy projekte onder die sterre nog steeds geklassifiseer is. Trouens, gedurende die sestigerjare het die Amerikaanse lugmag 'n parallelle bemande ruimteprogram uitgevoer na die een wat deur NASA bestuur is, selfs 'n wentelbaan ontwerp en 'n klas van 17 ruimtevaarders gekies. Alhoewel dit ses jaar lank was, is die program in 1969 gekanselleer en is daar geen ruimtevaarders van die lugmag geloods nie (waarvan ons weet).

In 1982 is die Air Force Space Command amptelik gestig en het vandag 35 000 mense in diens. Die agentskap werk op die gebied van kuberveiligheid, lanseer satelliete en ander vragmagte vir die weermag en ander regeringsagentskappe, monitor ballistiese raketlanseerbane en wentel satelliete en bedryf 'n militêre GPS -stelsel. En natuurlik is daar baie dinge wat hulle doen waarvan ons nie weet nie. Byvoorbeeld, dit is goed gedokumenteer dat die lugmag twee X-37B-ruimtevliegtuie het, waaronder een wat verlede jaar na twee jaar in 'n wentelbaan teruggekeer het, hoewel dit onbekend is.

En NASA en die weermag handhaaf ook 'n sterk verhouding. Oor die dekades was die oorgrote meerderheid NASA -ruimtevaarders lede van die diens. Tydens die bloeitydperk van die ruimtetuig sou NASA gereeld geklassifiseerde lading in 'n wentelbaan vir die Departement van Verdediging vervoer, onder andere projekte waaraan die agentskappe saamgewerk het.

Wat die president se opdrag betref om 'n nuwe ruimtemag te skep, het Alex Ward by Vox berig dat dit moontlik nie geldig is nie. Grondwetlik het slegs die kongres die mag om leërs op te rig en te ondersteun. Sentrum vir Strategiese en Internasionale Studies vertel Patrick Kelley by Oproep dat die president nie op sy eie 'n nuwe militêre diens kan skep nie. Daar sal wetgewing moet wees. ”

Wat meer is, die weermag blyk weerstandig te wees teen die idee om 'n ruimtemag van die lugmag te skei. Sekretaris van verdediging, Jim Mattis, het byvoorbeeld die rekord gekant teen die oprigting van 'n ruimtemag. Verlede somer, toe 'n Space Corps -voorstel in die kongres geplaas is, het Mattis in 'n brief geskryf dat dit 'n ekstra organisatoriese en administratiewe stert en ekstra lae burokrasie by militêre operasies sou voeg. Destyds het die Withuis ook die oprigting van 'n ruimtetak opgeroep.#8221 Amptenare van die lugmag het ook rekord gehou en gesê dat die stap koste en onnodige lae burokrasie sal toevoeg tot die huidige ruimtebedrywighede en dat sal eerder ruimtebedrywighede meer geïntegreer word in die missie van die lugmag.

Dit wil nie sê dat die Amerikaanse weermag nie op potensiële bedreigings in die ruimte fokus nie. Militêre ontleder luitenant -kolonel Rick Francona sê vir Euan McKirdy by CNN dat militêre leiers beslis 'n oog op die lug het. Ek haat die term en die laaste grens, maar (ruimte) is die uiteindelike hoë grond. Die ruimte oorheers nie 'n klein geografiese gebied nie-dit oorheers kontinente, oseane en#8221, sê hy. Die meeste militêre denkers weet dat dit die strydruimte van die toekoms is. ”

Deborah Lee James, sekretaris van die lugmag tydens die Obama -administrasie, stem saam en wys daarop dat baie kritieke satelliete en kommunikasietoestelle wat nodig is vir moderne oorlogvoering in die ruimte is, en dat ander nasies, veral China en Rusland, besig is om die streek te beheer rondom die aarde. “Space is nie meer 'n vreedsame domein nie, ” het sy in Julie verlede jaar aan Ward gesê. “Daar is 'n werklike moontlikheid dat 'n konflik op aarde in die ruimte kan bloei. ”

Redakteursnota, 9 Augustus 2018: Hierdie verhaal is opgedateer om die aankondiging van vise -president Mike Pence te weerspieël.

Oor Jason Daley

Jason Daley is 'n in Madison, Wisconsin gebaseerde skrywer wat spesialiseer in natuurgeskiedenis, wetenskap, reis en die omgewing. Sy werk het verskyn in Ontdek, Populêre wetenskap, Buite, Mansjoernaal, en ander tydskrifte.


Die stryd om Doris Miller se dapperheid in Pearl Harbor te herken

Geplaas op 30 September 2020 06:20:35

As 'n boodskapper van die Amerikaanse vloot is Doris “Dorie ” Miller, 'n swart 22-jarige seuntjie se seun uit Waco, Texas, nie toegelaat om wapens te hanteer nie. Sy pligte het ingesluit om die gemors te bedien, wasgoed bymekaar te maak en skoene te blink. Ondanks die institusionele rassisme wat destyds by die vloot ingebou is, het Miller sukses behaal as die bokskampioen van sy skip, die slagskip USS Wes -Virginia. Tog is hy geskei van sy blanke skeepsmate in beide sy pligte en aanleg. Miller en die vloot sou egter gou agterkom dat vyandige vuur nie diskrimineer nie.

Op 7 Desember 1941 het Miller om 0600 wakker geword om die ontbytgemors te bedien. Daarna het hy wasgoed gaan haal. Teen 0757 val 'n torpedo deur luitenant -dr. Shigeharu Murata van die Japannese vliegdekskip Akagi geslaan Wes -Virginia- dit was die eerste van nege torpedo's wat uiteindelik die magtige slagskip sou laat sink. General Quarters het geblaas en Miller het sy weg na sy gevegstasie, 'n lugmagvliegtuigmagasyn wat in die middel van die skepe geleë was. Nadat hy die posisie verwoes gevind het, het Miller na “Times Square ”, 'n sentrale plek waar die voor-na-agter- en bakboord-na-stuurboordgange oorgesteek het, gerapporteer dat hy beskikbaar is vir ander diens.

Die COMMO, luitenant -dr. Doir Johnson, erken die sterk bokserbouler van Miller en het Miller beveel om hom na die brug te vergesel om hom te help om die skip se kaptein, Cpt. Mervyn Bennion, wat 'n stuk granaat na die maag geneem het. Miller en Johnson kon Bennion nie van die brug verwyder nie, en het hom in plaas daarvan uit die blootgestelde posisie beweeg waar hy gewond is na 'n beskutte plek agter die toring. Bennion het geweier om sy pos te laat vaar en het voortgegaan om die skip te beveg, bevele uitgereik en verslae van sy offisiere ontvang.

'N Tekenprent wat die optrede van Miller by Pearl Harbor uitbeeld (Charles Alston - Office of War Information and Public Relations)

Nadat hy die kaptein geskuif het, is Miller beveel om luitenant Frederic White en ens. Victor Delano om die nommer 1 en 2 M2 .50-kaliber vliegtuigmasjiengewere te laai wat onbemande agter die toring lê. Aangesien hy geen opleiding oor die wapensisteem gehad het nie, het White en Delano Miller opdrag gegee om die gewere te laai en te beman. In die verwagting dat Miller ammunisie aan die geweer sou gee, was Delano verbaas om om te sien en sien hoe Miller een van die gewere afvuur. Wit het ammunisie in die gewere gelaai en Miller het voortgegaan om te vuur totdat die ammunisie gebruik is. Die optrede van Miller met die kaptein en die masjiengeweer het veral bekend geword danksy hul voorstelling in Hollywood-films, veral: pêrelhawe waar Miller uitgebeeld word deur Cuba Gooding Jr.

Wat minder bekend is, is Miller ’s se optrede nadat hy nie meer ammunisie gehad het nie. Luitenant Claude Ricketts het Miller beveel om hom te help om die kaptein, nou maar halfbewus en erg bloedend, te dra tot by die navigasiebrug en uit die dik olierige rook wat die skip begin verswelg het. Kpt. Bennion het aan sy wonde beswyk en is kort daarna dood. Vir sy optrede is hy postuum met die erepenning toegeken. Miller het beseerde matrose uit die brandende mengsel van olie en water gehaal en was een van die laaste manne wat laat vaar het Wes -Virginia terwyl sy sak. Daarna het Miller voortgegaan om sy mede -matrose uit die water te red en na veiligheid te bring.

Adm. Nimitz bevestig die vlootkruis op Miller tydens 'n seremonie aan boord van die USS Onderneming by Pearl Harbor op 27 Mei 1942 (U.S. Navy)

Alhoewel dit jammer is dat Miller se optrede nadat sy geweer opraak, minder bekend is, is dit tragies dat Miller se optrede tydens die aanval aanvanklik nie erken is nie. 'N Amptelike lys van lof van uitstaande aksies tydens die aanval het nie die naam van Miller gedra nie, en slegs 'n onbekende neger -matroos gelys. Die Pittsburgh Courier, een van die destydse toonaangewende swart koerante, het nie gedink dit is genoeg nie. Dit het twee reëls in die koerant gemaak, en Frank Bolden, oorlogskorrespondent vir die Koerier, in 'n onderhoud voor sy dood in 2003. “The Koerier gedink hy moet erken en geëer word. Ons het nie 'n verslaggewer gestuur nie, ons het ons uitvoerende redakteur na die vlootafdeling gestuur. Hulle het gesê: 'Ons ken nie die naam van die boodskapper nie. Daar is so baie van hulle. '” Die vloot se apatie het die Koerier alhoewel.

In die hoop om die stereotipe te ondermyn dat Afro -Amerikaners nie goed kon presteer in gevegte nie, die Koerier was vasbeslote om die naamlose swart matroos te identifiseer en hom behoorlik te herken vir sy optrede. Die uitgewer van die koerant het gesê, ‘ Hou dit dop ’, ” Bolden gesê. Ons het duisend spandeer om uit te vind wie Dorie Miller is. En ons het van Dorie Miller 'n held gemaak. ”

Nadat Miller geïdentifiseer is, swel die Afro-Amerikaanse gemeenskap van trots op. Te midde van die skok en hartseer wat die land na Pearl Harbor aangegryp het, het hulle 'n oorlogsheld gehad wat hulle verteenwoordig het. Aanvanklik het die vloot egter slegs 'n lofprysingsbrief aan Miller toegeken. Dit het 'n veldtog deur die Swart pers geneem en 'n voorstel van admiraal Chester Nimitz, bevelvoerder van die Stille Oseaan -vloot, aan president Roosevelt om die lofprysing op te gradeer na die Navy Cross, destyds die derde hoogste eer vir dapperheid.

Miller het steeds diens gedoen in die vloot aan boord van die USS Indianapolis en is in Junie 1942 na Messman First Class gevorder. Later die maand het die Koerier 'n veldtog vir hom begin om saam met wit oorlogshelde terug te keer huis toe vir 'n oorlogsreis. As deel van die veldtog het die Koerier 'n foto van Miller langs 'n foto van 'n sers. Joseph Lockard ontvang 'n offisier se kommissie omdat hy 'n waarskuwing afgekondig het wat nie gehoorsaam was voor die aanval op Pearl Harbor nie. Die foto's was byskrifte, en#8220Hy Warns ... Get Commission. Hy het geveg ... Keeps Mop, en#8221 beklemtoon die ongelykheid in die behandeling van wit en bruin dienspligtiges.

Die werfplakkaat is ontwerp deur die kunstenaar David Stone Martin (U.S. Navy)

Die veldtog slaag en Miller keer in November terug na Pearl Harbor. Hy het 'n oorlogsreis onderneem wat Oakland, Dallas en sy tuisdorp Waco ingesluit het totdat hy in Mei 1943 by Puget Sound aangemeld het. Liscome Bay. Daardie jaar was Miller te sien op 'n plakkaat vir werwing van die vloot genaamd “ Bo and beyond the call of duty. ” At the Battle of Makin, Liscome Bay is op 24 November 1943 deur 'n Japannese duikboot gesink. Miller en twee derdes van die bemanning is gelys as vermoedelik dood. Sy liggaam is nooit herstel nie.

Sedert sy dood het Miller skole, strate, gemeenskapsentrums en 'n stigting na hom vernoem. 'N Gedenkteken in sy tuisstad Waco, Texas, bevat 'n bronsbeeld van Miller van nege voet. Terwyl die vloot 'n Knox-klas fregat na hom, die res van Miller se vloot -toewydings is kwartiere, galeie en 'n behuisingsgemeenskap -tot nou toe. Op 19 Januarie 2020 het die vloot aangekondig dat CVN-81, 'n toekoms Gerald R. Ford-vliegdekskip, sou die USS genoem word Doris Miller. Die Doris Miller word beplan om in Januarie 2026 neergelê te word, in Oktober 2029 van stapel gestuur en in 2030 in gebruik geneem. Sy is die eerste superdraer wat vernoem is na 'n aangewese matroos en die eerste wat na 'n Afro -Amerikaner vernoem is.

Die niggie van Miller, Brenda Haven, en haar gesin reageer na die onthulling van 'n geraamde grafika ter herdenking van die toekoms USS Doris Miller by Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (Amerikaanse vloot)

Die stryd om Miller te eer, duur egter voort. Sedert die vloot aangekondig het dat 'n draer sy naam sou dra, is pogings om die Navy Cross van Miller ’s op te gradeer na 'n Medal of Honor hernu. Die man wat meegedeel is dat hy nie 'n wapen kan hanteer nie, maar steeds sy skip verdedig en sy skipmaats gered het, sal sy naam op een van die vloot se magtigste skepe hê. Doris Miller sal saam met name soos Gerald R. Ford en John F. Kennedy gelys word. As hy postuum die Erepenning toegeken word, sal dit die finale oorwinning in die stryd wees om Miller behoorlik te erken vir sy moed, moed en toewyding aan plig.

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Vroeg in 1924 was 'n paddock (nou speelvelde naby die binneste voorstad van Canberra van Dickson) die 'aangewese' vliegveld vir Canberra en bekend as die Northbourne Aviation Ground. Aangesien Canberra egter nie 'n geskeduleerde bestemming was nie, is dit meestal gebruik vir noodlandings vir vliegtuie op binnelandse roetes, soos Sydney na Adelaide.

Aan die einde van 1926, met die opening van die parlementsgebou en vieringe met 'n vlieënde vertoning van die Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF), is die Dickson -vliegveld as ongeskik beskou om die verskillende vliegtuie wat verwag word, aan te bied. In plaas daarvan, was 'n paddock in die Majura -vallei wat die destydse weiveld van die Campbell -familie was, deur kaptein Henri Petre van die lugmag 'absoluut ideaal vir vlieg', met afstande van 'nie minder as 1000 meter in alle rigtings'.

In 1926 word hierdie perseel op die hoek van die Majura-valleiweg en die Queanbeyan-Duntroon-pad in 1926 aan die departement van verdediging verhuur. Vier jaar later is dit aan die destydse burgerlike lugvaartbeheer oorhandig.

Die vroeë dae – 1930's tot 1998

RAAF het moontlik 'n houthut opgerig vir dienspersoneel wat die opening van die parlementshuis bygewoon het, maar die eerste gebou wat formeel by die 'Duntroon Aerodrome' gedokumenteer is (later Canberra Aerodrome) was 'n groot hangar in 1936 op die plek waar die noordelike einde van Die huidige terminale van Canberra staan.

Teen 1939 is reeds begin met die bou van 'n militêre basis aan die teenoorgestelde kant van die vliegveld van die burgerlike hangar.

Van hierdie tyd af tot 2003, toe die RAAF -basis gestaak is, werk die lughawe vir die behoeftes van beide verdediging en burgerlugvaart. Die oorblywende verdedigingsaanwesigheid aan die noordoostelike kant van die lughawe bedryf nou die VIP-vloot van die premier.

Gedurende hierdie dekades is die aanloopbane van die lughawe steeds verbeter en verleng namate die grootte van vliegtuie toeneem en vliegtuie met 'n groter frekwensie begin land.

Die lughaweterminal het ook 'n paar groot veranderinge ondergaan. Eerstens was dit fasadeverbetering in die vroeë vyftigerjare, gevolg deur klein uitbreidings. Tussen 1960 en 1970 het passasiersgetalle ontplof van 206,096 per jaar tot meer as 'n halfmiljoen, so in 1970-71 is 'n groter terminale gebou.

Aan die einde van 1980, met die nuus van die komende opening van die New Parliament House in 1988, was 'n nuwe binnelandse terminaal nodig wat 'n groot herstrukturering van die bestaande terminaal vereis. Rollende toevoegings het gedurende die vroeë 1990's voortgegaan.

Blrivatisasie – 1998

In 1998 verkoop die Federale Regering die Canberra -lughawe aan die sakeman Terry Snow en sy gesin in Canberra. Dit was 'n lughawe met dalende fasiliteite en afgesaagde lugvaartinfrastruktuur. Die bestaande terminale alleen het 42 verskillende vloervlakke gehad, wat in soveel fases opgeknap, bygevoeg en gebou is.

Op daardie tydstip was elke einde van die terminale in besit van bestaande lugrederye wat beheer oor kapitaalwerke gehad het, sodat groot opgraderings nie onderneem kon word nie. Eers toe Terry Snow die voormalige Ansett-einde van die terminaal by administrateurs kon koop, kan groot opgraderings begin, indien nie oor die hele webwerf nie, dan ten minste op belangrike infrastruktuur. Dit sluit in groot aanloopbane, voorskote en parkeerterreine, 'n nuwe hangar, die ontwikkeling van 'n nuwe ingang en interne geriewe.

The Airvolution – 2009 tot 2013

Na onderhandelinge met Qantas het die lughawe 'n ooreenkoms bereik oor die ontwikkeling van 'n heeltemal nuwe terminaal op die bestaande perseel. Teen 2009 het die Canberra Airport AirVolution begin.

Die AirVolution van Canberra -lughawe bestaan ​​uit vier elemente:

'N Nuwe tweevlak-tweespoor-aksiale padstelsel vorm die nuwe in- en uitgangspad na die terminale. Net buite die lughawegrens is Pialligo -laan ook gedupliseer en aan hierdie toegangspad gekoppel met 'n deurgangstelsel wat 'n ononderbroke verkeersstroom moontlik maak.

2. Motorhuise

Vyf nuwe parkeerplekke is gebou, met 'n totaal van 3 700 motorruimtes, insluitend twee strukture met meer verdiepings met moderne parkeergeleidingstelsels waarmee voertuie gevind kan word.

Dit het ingesluit die ontwikkeling van vier nuwe vliegtuigparkeerposisies plus die geleidelike heropbou van die hele vliegtuigparkeerskort om die draagsterkte daarvan te verhoog sodat groter vliegtuie dit kan gebruik.

Die gefaseerde konstruksie van 'n nuwe terminale gebou van 55.000m2 wat voorsiening maak vir:

  • 'N Verdriedubbeling van die inkloktelling tot 44
  • 'N Viervoudiging van die grootte van die bagasiehanteringstelsel
  • 10 nuwe aerobridges
  • Uitgebreide sekuriteitsondersoekarea
  • Meer as 7,000m2 club lounge area en
  • Nuwe winkels en eet- en drinkwinkels.

Met die opening van die nuwe terminale op 13 Maart 2013, verteenwoordig Canberra -lughawe nou een van die belangrikste infrastruktuurprojekte vir die ACT en die omliggende gebied, met 'n groeiende rol as 'n nasionale vervoersknooppunt, kommersiële sakepark en kleinhandelbestemming.

Dit word erken as een van die voorste Australiese lughawens, en is in 2002, 2007 en 2013 as die Australiese lughawe van die jaar aangewys.

Die internasionale era 2016#

In 2016 het Singapore Airlines aangekondig dat dit met internasionale dienste na Canberra sal begin.

Op 16 September 2016 het Singapore Airlines se vlug SQ 291 op die Canberra -lughawe ingelui, wat 'n nuwe era van internasionale vlugte vir die land se hoofstad ingelui het. Die vier-weeklikse diens wat tussen Singapoer, Canberra en Wellington bedryf is, het die “Capital Express ” genoem.

In Februarie 2018 verwelkom Canberra -lughawe 'n tweede internasionale lugredery, met Qatar Airways wat internasionale diens tussen Canberra en Doha begin. Hierdie daaglikse diens verbind Canberrans met meer as 150 internasionale bestemmings, waaronder meer as 40 Europese stede.

Dieselfde jaar kondig Singapore Airlines 'n opskudding van hul Canberra-roete aan, wat die Capital Express vervang met 'n nuwe, daaglikse diens tussen Canberra en Singapoer. Die diens bevat ook 'n opgegradeerde vliegtuig, wat Singapore Airlines die eerste lugdiens maak wat al vier kajuitklasse op internasionale vlugte van en na Canberra aanbied.

'N Blink toekoms

Aangesien Capital Airport Group in 2018 20 jaar gevier het, lyk die toekoms vir ons lughawe blink. Met twee daaglikse internasionale dienste, drie florerende sakegebiede en een van die indrukwekkendste lughaweterminale in die land, is ons goed op pad om ons doel te bereik om die beste klein lughawe ter wêreld te word.

Maar die harde werk stop nie.

Ons is van plan om voort te gaan om lugreise meer en meer toeganklik te maak vir Canberrans, met die fokus op die aanmoediging van meer internasionale lugrederye, sowel as laekostevervoerders na die land se hoofstad.

Ons fokus ook op die verwelkoming van besoekers in Canberra. In 2018 het ons stad, wat krimineel oor die hoof gesien is, die erkenning gekry wat dit verdien, en is hy aangewys as die top tien stad in Lonely Planet en die beste op reis in 2018. Lughawe Canberra is hier om besoekers in hierdie top tien stad te verwelkom, met 'n fasiliteit van wêreldgehalte en 'n ‘hier om gesindheid te help ’.


Die Australian Defense Force Academy (ADFA)

Leer van sommige van Australië se helderste verstand in onderwys en navorsing as u studeer by UNSW Canberra by ADFA. Ons is Australië se enigste akademiese instelling met 'n geïntegreerde fokus op verdediging.

  • die intellektuele voorsprong van die Australiese Weermag te versterk
  • ondersteun die ADF Joint Professional Military Education -program
  • toekomstige wêreldleiers te ontwikkel.

UNSW Canberra by ADFA spesialiseer in voorgraadse en nagraadse kursusse van hoë gehalte op alle gebiede wat verband hou met militêre, strategiese en verdedigingstudies. Dit beteken dat toekomstige leiers van die vloot, weermag en lugmag hul militêre en leierskapopleiding kan kombineer met ons universiteitsprogramme van wêreldgehalte en kundigheid in die verdedigingsbedryf.

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Abrupte einde van Air Force MQ-9 Reaper koop punte na nuwe fokus op oorlewende drones

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Die begrotingsversoek van die Lugmag vir 2021 vir die boekjaar 2021 toon dat die diens vanjaar sy laaste 24 onbemande vliegtuigstelsels MQ-9 Reaper sal koop, en die produksie eindig volgende jaar met 'n totaal van 337 drones. Daar is oorspronklik gedink dat die produksie in die volgende half dekade sou afneem, met 'n totale krag van 363 MQ-9's. Hierdie moontlike verandering het 'n aantal implikasies. Eerstens sou dit 'n onwelkome en skielike verandering wees vir General Atomics, wat die Reaper bou. Tweedens dui dit op 'n nuwe en ietwat langverwagte werklikheid waarin die lugmag prioriteit aan die oorlewing van sy onbemande gevegsvliegtuie gee, sodat hulle 'n meer sentrale rol kan speel in 'n konflik teen 'n gevorderde eweknie.


USAF koop eerste opleidingsimulator vir 'Doomsday' vloot

Die in Oklahoma gebaseerde CymSTAR sal die lugmag se eerste opleidingsimulator bou vir die E-4B "Doomsday" -vliegtuie by die Offutt-lugmagbasis, Neb., Het die diens op 14 Oktober gesê.

Die vier vliegtuie van die 1970's van die National Airborne Operations Center tree op as vlieënde bevelsentrums as die lugmag se ondergrondse kernraketbeheerposte vernietig word. Sonder 'n simulator moet E-4B-vliegtuigbeamptes die vliegtuie van gereelde operasies aftrek, of uit die staat reis om 'n kommersiële Boeing 747-simulator te gebruik.

"Hierdie poging sal bates met 'n lae digtheid en hoë waarde vir die missie bevry en geld bespaar omdat dit goedkoper is om op 'n simulator teen 'n regte vliegtuig te oefen," het kolonel John Kurian, senior materieleier van die Air Force Life Cycle Management, gesê. Die afdeling vir simulators van die sentrum, lui 'n verklaring.

Die kontrak van $ 16 miljoen dek 'n volbewegingsimulator vir vlieëniers en vlugingenieurs wat 'n E-4B-kajuit herhaal en vliegtuie laat oefen vir die brandstofopvulling. Die lugmag het verlede maand gesê dat CymSTAR se werk tot April 2022 sal duur, wanneer die eerste gereedskap wat gereed is vir opleiding, afgelewer sal word.

"Die moeilikste gelyktydigheid om te onderhou, is lugvulstof, vanweë die beperkte beskikbaarheid van tenkwa -opleiding, daarom is dit van kritieke belang dat ons hierdie simulator lewer met dag- en nagvulvermoë," het Richard Hricko, die afdeling se materieleier vir luggevegsimulators, gesê. vrylating.

Hy het bygevoeg dat die huis van die simulator naby die Airmen in Offutt, die tuiste van die Amerikaanse Strategiese Kommando, mense meer gereeld en op kort kennisgewing sal laat oefen.

Die departement van verdediging is in die vroeë stadiums om die E-4B te vervang deur 'n goedkoper kommersiële straalvliegtuig wat verskeie kernopdrag-, beheer- en kommunikasie-missies vir die lugmag en vloot kan bedien. Die projek, bekend as die Survivable Air Operations Center, kan ook 'n alternatief bied vir die weermag se vloot C-32's wat federale amptenare gebruik om regoor die wêreld te vlieg.

Die Doomsday -vloot kan die nuwe simulator ongeveer 20 jaar lank gebruik totdat die vliegtuie die einde van hul lewensvatbare lewensduur bereik.


Amerikaanse lugmag koop Canberra - geskiedenis

Alhoewel hierdie lys nie volledig is nie, is dit wel die bedoeling om die verstrengelinge van die Australiese weermag in die Amerikaanse weermag aan te toon. Dit is eers te wagte ná 50 jaar van die Australiese-Amerikaanse militêre belyning. 'N Basis van die Amerikaanse weermag kan bestaan ​​vir die hele jaar deur of vir 'n besetting van 'n paar weke per jaar. Die aktiwiteite van die Australiese weermag om intelligensie vir die VSA in te samel, kan 'n basis wat volledig betaal word en deur Australiërs beman word, 'n de facto Amerikaanse basis maak.

A. Alice Springs

Pine Gap handel eintlik oor drie fasiliteite met 750 tot 1 000 Amerikaanse en Australiese personeel

1. a) die Singint -versameling
2. b) die DSP en nou star wars basisse
3. c) die fotografiese gedeelte
4. d) die seismiese stasie in Alice Springs self
5. e) die stadsfasiliteit -kyk na die webwerf. Dit is groot!

B. Noordwes -Kaap

Hierdie basis is grootliks in motbolle, maar kan op enige tydstip deur die VSA geaktiveer word.
5. a) die kommunikasietorings
6. b) die son -sterrewag wat deur die Amerikaanse lugmag bestuur word

C. Seismiese stasies

7. Mundering WA
8. Hobart TAS
9. Sydney NSW
10. Charters Towers Qld
11 Daly Waters NT
12. Tennant Creek

D. Weer

13. Mildura
14. Daar is nog een naby Wagga Wagga, maar kan nie bevestig word nie.

D. Aangesien die DSD deel uitmaak van die UK/USA ooreenkomste - is al hierdie basisse deel van die Amerikaanse stelsel van Echelon

15. Watsonia -Melbourne -Vic
16. Geraldton -WA
17. Shoal Bay NT
18. DSD HQ Canberra

E. RAAF -basisse wat buiteposte van die Military Airlift Command (MAC) van die Amerikaanse lugmag huisves, is:

19. Richmond NSW
20 Learmouth WA
21 Pearce WA
22 Salisbury SA

F. Onder ooreenkomste wat lank gelede geteken is - die Royal Australian Airforce Bases (RAAF) moet, indien nodig, aan die VSA beskikbaar gestel word

23 RAAF Darwin
24 Williamtown NSW
25. Townsville
26. ander in die noorde rondom Kimberley en Cape York

G. Maritieme seine en elektroniese oorlogsafsetpunte

27. Cabarlah Qld
28. Hariman ACT het moontlik na Wagga NSW verhuis.
G. Australiese vlootbasisse wat gereeld gebruik word
29. Stirling WA
30. Sydney en Jervisbaai

H. Die opleiding van die fasiliteite wat gereeld deur die VSA gebruik word

31. Opleidingsreeks van Delamere NT -bomaanval
32. Shoalwater Bay Qld - oerwoudopleiding

I. Die VSA verander die aard van NASA 'n tyd gelede van die burgerlike na die weermag (10 jaar gelede)

33. Tidbinbulla ACT is 'n Amerikaanse militêre basis - deel van die Amerikaanse ruimtekommando van die Amerikaanse lugmag.

J. GPS -stelsel het die

34. Omega -stasie by Dariman Vic

Terloops, die VSA wat meer basisse in Australië wil hê, is op 21/6/01 SMH gedateer

Ek dink nie die lys hierbo is volledig nie en ek voer aan dat Australiese basisse wat gereeld en gereeld deur die VSA gebruik word, in werklikheid Amerikaanse basisse is. Daar is 'n deurlopende kruising van ooreenkomste oor die gebruik van Australiese militêre fasiliteite vir Amerikaanse doeleindes. Die gebruik van hierdie basisse mag slegs gedurende 'n kort periode gedurende die jaar wees, maar die gereedskap daarvan vir die gebruik van die VSA verhef dit tot Amerikaanse basisse.

Alle Australiese weermag en sommige burgerlike lughawens en hawens moet beskikbaar gestel word aan die Amerikaanse weermag indien nodig. Daar is ooreenkomste onderteken en verdrae aangegaan om hierdie proses te vergemaklik.


Australië se militêre betrokkenheid [wysig | wysig bron]

Australiese adviseurs, 1962–1965 [wysig | wysig bron]

Personeel en vliegtuie van RAAF Transport Flight Vietnam arriveer in Augustus 1964 in Suid -Viëtnam

Nadat die Britte tydens die Maleise noodhulp gehelp het, het Australiese en Nieu-Seelandse militêre magte waardevolle ervaring opgedoen in die oerwoudoorlog en teenopstand. Volgens historikus Paul Ham, het die Amerikaanse minister van buitelandse sake, Dean Rusk, "vrylik toegegee aan die ANZUS -vergadering in Canberra in Mei 1962 dat die Amerikaanse weermag min weet van die oerwoudoorlogvoering". ⎘] Given the experience that Australian forces had gained in Malaya it was felt that initially Australia could contribute to the situation by providing advisors who were experts in the tactics of jungle warfare. In this regard the Australian government's initial response was to send 30 military advisers, dispatched as the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV), also known as "the Team". The Australian military assistance was to be in jungle warfare training, and the Team comprised highly qualified and experienced officers and NCOs, led by Colonel Ted Serong, many with previous experience from the Malayan Emergency. ⎙] Their arrival in South Vietnam during July and August 1962 was the beginning of Australia's involvement in the war in Vietnam. ⎚ ]

Relationships between the AATTV and US advisors were generally very cordial. However, there were sometimes significant differences of opinion on the training and tactics that should be employed. For example, when Serong expressed doubt about the value of the Strategic Hamlet Program at a US counter Insurgency Group meeting in Washington on 23 May 1963, he drew a "violent challenge" from US Marine General Victor 'Brute' Krulak. ⎛] Captain Barry Petersen's work with raising an anti-communist Montagnard force in the central highlands between 1963 and 1965 highlighted another problem—South Vietnamese officials sometimes found sustained success by a foreigner difficult to accept. ⎜] Warrant Officer Class Two Kevin Conway of the AATTV, died on 6 July 1964, side by side with Master Sergeant Gabriel Alamo of the USSF during a sustained Viet Cong attack on Nam Dong Special Forces Camp, becoming Australia's first battle casualty. ⎝ ]

Increased Australian commitment, 1965–1970 [ edit | wysig bron]

HMAS Hobart refueling from a United States Navy tanker while operating off Vietnam in 1967

In August 1964 the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) sent a flight of Caribou transports to the port town of Vung Tau. Α] By the end of 1964, there were almost 200 Australian military personnel in the Republic of Vietnam, including an engineer and surgical team as well as a larger AATTV team. ⎞] In order to boost the size of the Army by providing a greater pool for infantrymen, the Australian Government had introduced conscription for compulsory military service for 20-year-olds, in November 1964, despite opposition from within the Army and many sections of the broader community. ⎟] ⎠] Thereafter, battalions serving with 1 ATF all contained National Servicemen. ⎡] With the war escalating the AATTV increased to approximately 100 by December. ⎢ ]

On 29 April 1965, Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced that the government had received a request for further military assistance from South Vietnam. "We have decided. in close consultation with the Government of the United States—to provide an infantry battalion for service in Vietnam." He argued that a communist victory in South Vietnam would be a direct military threat to Australia. "It must be seen as part of a thrust by Communist China between the Indian and Pacific Oceans" he added. ⎣] The issue of whether a formal request was made by the South Vietnamese government at this time has been disputed, however. Although the South Vietnamese Prime Minister, Tran Van Huong, made a request in December 1964, ⎤] ⎥] Huong's replacement, Phan Huy Quat, had to be "coerced into accepting an Australian battalion" ⎥] and stopped short of formally requesting the commitment in writing, simply sending an acceptance of the offer to Canberra the day before Menzies announced it to the Australian parliament. ⎦] In this regard it has been argued that the decision was made by Australian politicians against advice of the Department of Defence, ⎧] to coincide with the commitment of US combat troops earlier in the year, and that the decision would have been made regardless of the wishes of the South Vietnamese government. ⎥] ⎨]

As a result of the announcement, the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) was deployed. Advanced elements of the battalion departed Australia on 27 May 1965. ⎩] Accompanied by a troop from the 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse as well as logistics personnel, they embarked upon Sydney and following their arrival in Vietnam in June, ⎩] they were attached to the US 173rd Airborne Brigade. ⎪] Throughout 1965 they undertook several operations in Bien Hoa province and subsequently fought a number of significant actions, including Gang Toi, Operation Crimp and Suoi Bong Trang. ⎫] However, Australian and US military leaders agreed to future deployment of Australian combat forces in a discrete province. This allowed the Australian army to "fight their own tactical war", independently of the US. ⎬] In April 1966 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF) was established in Phuoc Tuy Province, based at Nui Dat. 1 ATF consisted of two (and after 1967 three) infantry battalions, a troop and later a squadron of armoured personnel carriers from the 1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron and a detachment of the Special Air Service Regiment as well as various support services under the command of the 1st Australian Logistics Support Group based in Vũng Tàu. A squadron of Centurion tanks was added in December 1967. 1 ATF's responsibility was the security of Phuoc Tuy Province, excluding larger towns. ΐ ]

Australian soldiers shortly after arriving at Tan Son Nhut Airport

The RAAF contingent was also expanded, growing to include three squadrons—No. 35 Squadron, flying Caribou STOL transports, No. 9 Squadron flying UH-1 Iroquois battlefield helicopters and No. 2 Squadron flying Canberra bombers. The Canberras flew a large number of bombing sorties, and two were lost, while the Caribou transport aircraft supported anti-communist ground forces and the Iroquois helicopters were used in troop-lift, medical evacuation and as gunships. At its peak it included over 750 personnel. ⎭] During the war RAAF CAC-27 Sabre fighters from No. 79 Squadron were also deployed to Ubon Air Base in Thailand as part of Australia's SEATO commitments. However, the Sabres took no part in direct hostilities against North Vietnam, and were withdrawn in 1968. ⎮] The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) also made a significant contribution, which consisted of a destroyer on six-month rotations deployed on the gun-line in a shore bombardment role, the RAN Helicopter Flight Vietnam, and a RAN Clearance Diving Team. The ageing aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney, after being converted to a troop-ship, was used to convey the bulk of Australian ground forces to South Vietnam. ⎯] Female members of the Army and RAAF nursing services also served in Vietnam from the outset, and as the force grew the medical capability was also expanded with the 1st Australian Field Hospital established at Vung Tau on 1 April 1968. ⎰]

From an Australian perspective, one of the most famous engagements in the war was the Battle of Long Tan which took place on 18 and 19 August 1966. During the battle a company from 6 RAR, despite being heavily outnumbered, fought off a large enemy assault of regimental strength. 18 Australians were killed and 24 wounded, while at least 245 Viet Cong were killed. It was a decisive Australian victory and is often cited as an example of the importance of combining and coordinating infantry, artillery, armour and military aviation. The battle had considerable tactical implications as well, being significant in allowing the Australians to gain dominance over Phuoc Tuy Province, and although there were a number of other large-scale encounters in later years, 1 ATF was not fundamentally challenged again. ⎱] Regardless, during February 1967 1 ATF sustained its heaviest casualties in the war to that point, losing 16 men killed and 55 wounded in a single week, the bulk of them during Operation Bribie. 1 ATF appeared to have lost the initiative and for the first time in nine months of operations the number of Australians killed in battle, or from friendly fire, mines or booby traps, had reversed the task force's kill ratio. ⎲ ]

Such losses underscored the need for a third battalion and the requirement for tanks to support the infantry a realisation which challenged the conventional wisdom of Australian counter-revolutionary warfare doctrine which had previously allotted only a minor role to armour. Yet, it would be nearly a year before additional Australian forces would finally arrive in Vietnam. ⎳] To Brigadier Stuart Graham, the 1 ATF commander, Operation Bribie confirmed the need to establish a physical barrier to deny the Viet Cong freedom of movement and thereby regain the initiative, and the subsequent decision to establish an 11-kilometre (6.8 mi) barrier minefield from Dat Do to the coast increasingly came to dominate task force planning. Yet ultimately this would prove both controversial and costly for the Australians, and despite initial success, the minefield would become a source of munitions for the Viet Cong to use against 1 ATF and later the decision would be made to remove it in 1969. ⎴] ⎵] Meanwhile, with the war continuing to escalate following further American troop increases, 1 ATF was heavily reinforced in late-1967. A third infantry battalion arrived in December 1967, while a squadron of Centurion tanks and additional Iroquois helicopters would also be added in early 1968. In all a further 1,200 men were deployed, taking the total Australian troop strength to over 8,000 men, its highest level during the war. This increase effectively doubled the combat power available to the task force commander. ⎶ ]

Although primarily operating out of Phuoc Tuy, the 1 ATF was also available for deployment elsewhere in the III Corps Tactical Zone. Indeed with the province progressively coming under control, 1968 saw the Australians spending a significant period of time conducting operations further afield. The communist Tet offensive began on 30 January 1968 with the aim of inciting a general uprising, simultaneously engulfing population centres across South Vietnam. In response, 1 ATF was deployed along likely infiltration routes in order to defend the vital Bien Hoa-Long Binh complex near Saigon, as part of Operation Coburg between January and March. Heavy fighting resulted in 17 Australians killed and 61 wounded, while communist casualties included at least 145 killed, 110 wounded and 5 captured, with many more removed from the battlefield. ⎷] Meanwhile, Tet also affected Phuoc Tuy Province, and although stretched thin the remaining Australian forces there successfully repelled an attack on Ba Ria, as well as spoiling an harassing attack on Long Dien and conducting a sweep of Hoa Long, killing 50 Viet Cong and wounding 25 for the loss of five Australians killed and 24 wounded. ⎸] In late February the communist offensive collapsed, suffering more than 45,000 killed—against South Vietnamese and allied losses of only 6,000 men. ⎹] ⎺] Regardless, Tet proved to be a turning point in the war, and although it had been a tactical disaster for the communists it proved a strategic victory for Hanoi as confidence in the American military and political leadership collapsed, as did public support for the war in the United States. ⎻]

Tet had a similar effect on Australian public opinion, and caused growing uncertainty in the government about the determination of the United States to remain militarily involved in Southeast Asia. ⎼] Amid the initial shock, Prime Minister John Gorton unexpectedly declared for the first time that Australia would not increase its military commitment in Vietnam. ⎽] The war continued without respite however, and between May and June 1968 1 ATF was again deployed away from Phuoc Tuy in response to intelligence reports of another impending offensive. In May 1968 1 RAR and 3 RAR with armour and artillery support fought off large-scale attacks during the Battle of Coral–Balmoral. 25 Australians were killed and nearly 100 wounded, while the North Vietnamese lost in excess of 300 killed. ⎱] Later in June 1969, 5 RAR fought one of the last large-scale actions of the Australian war, during the Battle of Binh Ba, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north of Nui Dat in Phuoc Tuy Province. The battle was unusual in the Australian experience, involving infantry and armour in close-quarter house-to-house fighting through the village of Binh Ba against a combined force of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army. For the loss of one Australian killed at the communists lost 107 killed, six wounded and eight captured in a hard fought but one-sided engagement. ⎾]

A No. 2 Squadron Canberra bomber operating over South Vietnam in 1970

Due to the losses suffered at Binh Ba forced the NVA to move out of Phuoc Tuy into adjoining provinces and although the Australians did encounter main force units in the years to come, the Battle of Binh Ba marked the end of such clashes. ⎿] Yet while the Viet Cong had largely withdrawn to the borders by 1968–1969, the security situation in Phuoc Tuy was challenged on a number of occasions in the following years, including during the 1968 Tet Offensive, as well as in mid-1969 following the incursion of the North Vietnamese 33rd Regiment, again in mid-1971 with further incursions by the 33rd Regiment and several Viet Cong main force units, and finally during the Easter Offensive in 1972, while attacks on RF outposts and incursions into the villages also continued. ⏀ ]

However, such large-scale battles were not the norm in Phuoc Tuy Province. More typical of the Australian war was company-level patrolling and cordon and search operations which were designed to put pressure on enemy units and disrupt their access to the local population. To the end of Australian operations in Phuoc Tuy this remained the focus of Australian efforts and was this approach arguably allowed the restoration of government control in the province. ⏁] Australia's peak commitment at any one time was 7,672 combat troops and New Zealand's, 552, in 1969. New Zealand first committed a detachment of engineers and an artillery battery, and then started sending special forces. New Zealand infantry units were also integrated into RAR battalions serving with 1 ATF after March 1968. These combined battalions being designated "ANZAC Battalions". ΐ ]

During this time the AATTV had continued to operate in support of the South Vietnamese forces, with an area of operations stretching from the far south to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) forming the border between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. Members of the team were involved in many combat operations, often commanding formations of Vietnamese soldiers. Some advisors worked with regular ARVN units and formations, while others worked with the Montagnard hill tribes in conjunction with US Special Forces. A few were involved in the controversial Phoenix Program run by the US Central Intelligence Agency, which was designed to target the Vietcong infrastructure through infiltration, arrest and assassination. The AATTV became Australia's most decorated unit of the war, including all four Victoria Crosses awarded during the conflict. ⎢ ]

Australian counter-insurgency tactics [ edit | wysig bron]

Historian Albert Palazzo comments that when the Australians entered the Vietnam War, it was with their own "well considered . concept of war", and this was often contradictory or in conflict with US concepts. ⏂] The 1 ATF light infantry tactics such as patrolling, searching villages without destroying them (with a view to eventually converting them), and ambush and counter ambush drew criticism from some US commanders. General William Westmoreland is reported to have complained to Major General Tim Vincent that 1 ATF was "not being aggressive enough". ⏃] By comparison, US forces sought to flush out the enemy and achieve rapid and decisive victory through "brazen scrub bashing" and the use of "massive firepower." ⏄] Australians acknowledged they had much to learn from the US forces about heliborne assault and joint armour and infantry assaults. Yet the US measure of success—the body count—was apparently held in contempt by many 1 ATF battalion commanders. ⏅]

In 1966 journalist Gerald Stone described tactics then being used by Australian soldiers newly arrived in Vietnam:

Australian patrols shun jungle tracks and clearings. picking their way carefully and quietly through bamboo thickets and tangled foliage. .It is a frustrating experience to trek through the jungle with Australians. Patrols have taken as much as nine hours to sweep a mile of terrain. They move forward a few steps at a time, stop, listen, then proceed again. ⏆]

An Australian soldier armed with a M60 machine gun

Looking back on ten years of reporting the war in Vietnam and Cambodia, journalist Neil Davis said in 1983 "I was very proud of the Australian troops. They were very professional, very well trained and they fought the people they were sent to fight—the Viet Cong. They tried not to involve civilians and generally there were fewer casualties inflicted by the Australians." ⏇] Another perspective on Australian operations was provided by David Hackworth, Vietnam's most decorated US soldier. "The Aussies used squads to make contact. and brought in reinforcements to do the killing they planned in the belief that a platoon on the battlefield could do anything." ⏈ ]

For some Viet Cong leaders there was no doubt the Australian jungle warfare approach was effective. One former Viet Cong leader is quoted as saying "Worse than the Americans were the Australians. The Americans style was to hit us, then call for planes and artillery. Our response was to break contact and disappear if we could. The Australians were more patient than the Americans, better guerilla fighters, better at ambushes. They liked to stay with us instead of calling in the planes. We were more afraid of their style." ⏉] However, as a junior partner, Australians had little opportunity to influence US strategy in the war. "The American concept [of how the war should be fought] remained unchallenged and it prevailed almost by default." ⏊]

Overall, the tactics used by the Australian Army in Vietnam were not successful. Like the Americans, Australian tactics were focused on seeking to engage the Communist forces in battle and ultimately failed as the Communists were generally able to evade Australian forces when conditions were not favourable. Moreover, the Australians did not devote sufficient resources to disrupting the logistical infrastructure which supported the Communist forces in Phuoc Tuy Province and popular support for the Communists remained strong. After 1 ATF was withdrawn in 1971 the insurgency in Phuoc Tuy rapidly expanded. ⏋ ]

Withdrawal of Australian forces, 1970–1973 [ edit | wysig bron]

The Australian withdrawal effectively commenced in November 1970. As a consequence of the overall allied strategy of Vietnamization and with the Australian government keen to reduce its own commitment to the war, 8 RAR was not replaced at the end of its tour of duty. 1 ATF was again reduced to just two infantry battalions, albeit with significant armour, artillery and aviation support remaining. ⏌] The Australian area of operations remained the same however, with the reduction in forces only adding further to the burden on the remaining battalions. ⏌] Regardless, following a sustained effort by 1 ATF in Phuoc Tuy Province between September 1969 and April 1970, the bulk of communist forces had become inactive and had left the province to recuperate. ⏍] By 1971 the province had been largely cleared of local VC forces, who were now increasingly reliant on reinforcements from North Vietnam. As a measure of some success, Highway 15, the main route running through Phuoc Tuy between Saigon and Vung Tau, was open to unescorted traffic. Regardless, the Viet Cong maintained the ability to conduct local operations. ⏁ ]

Members of Australian civic action team confer with Vietnamese village officials on plans for local improvements

Australian combat forces were further reduced during 1971. ΐ] The Battle of Long Khanh on 6–7 June 1971 took place during one of the last major joint US-Australian operations, and resulted in three Australians killed and six wounded during heavy fighting in which an RAAF UH-1H Iroqouis was shot down. ⏎] On 18 August 1971, Australia and New Zealand decided to withdraw their troops from Vietnam, with the Australian prime minister, William McMahon, announcing that 1 ATF would cease operations in October, commencing a phased withdrawal. ⏏] ⏐] The Battle of Nui Le 21 September proved to be the last major battle fought by Australian forces in the war, and resulted in five Australians killed and 30 wounded. ⏑] Finally, on 16 October Australian forces handed over control of the base at Nui Dat to South Vietnamese forces, while 4 RAR, the last Australian infantry battalion in South Vietnam, sailed for Australia on board HMAS Sydney on 9 December 1971. ⏒]

Australian advisors continued to train Vietnamese troops however, until the announcement by the newly elected Australian Labor government of Gough Whitlam that the remaining advisors would be withdrawn by 18 December 1972. It was only on 11 January 1973 that the Governor-General of Australia, Paul Hasluck, announced the cessation of combat operations against the communists. ΐ] Whitlam recognised North Vietnam, which welcomed his electoral success. ⏓] However, Australian troops remained in Saigon guarding the Australian embassy until 1 July 1973. ΐ] The withdrawal from Vietnam meant that 1973 was the first time since the beginning of World War II in 1939 that Australia's armed forces were not involved in a conflict somewhere in the world. ΐ] In total approximately 60,000 Australians—ground troops, air-force and naval personnel—served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1972. 521 died as a result of the war and over 3,000 were wounded. Α] 15,381 conscripted national servicemen served from 1965 to 1972, sustaining 202 killed and 1,279 wounded. ⏔] In addition there were six Australians listed as missing in action, although these men are included in the list of Australians killed in action and the last of their remains were finally located and returned to Australia in 2009. ⏕] ⏖] Between 1962 and March 1972 the estimated cost of Australia's involvement to the war in Vietnam was $218.4 million. ⏗]

In March 1975 the Australian Government dispatched RAAF transport aircraft to South Vietnam to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees fleeing the North Vietnamese Ho Chi Minh Campaign. The first Australian C-130 Hercules arrived at Tan Son Nhat Airport on 30 March and the force, which was designated 'Detachment S', reached a strength of eight Hercules by the second week of April. The aircraft of detachment S transported refugees from cities near the front line and evacuated Australians and several hundred Vietnamese orphans from Saigon to Malaysia. In addition, they regularly flew supplies to a large refugee camp at An Thoi on the island of Phu Quoc. ⏘] The deteriorating security situation forced the Australian aircraft to be withdrawn to Bangkok in mid-April, from where they flew into South Vietnam each day. The last three RAAF flights into Saigon took place on 25 April, when the Australian embassy was evacuated. While all Australians were evacuated, 130 Vietnamese who had worked at the embassy and had been promised evacuation were left behind. ⏙] Whitlam later refused to accept South Vietnamese refugees following the fall of Saigon to the communists in April 1975, including Australian embassy staff who were later sent to reeducation camps by the communists. ⏚] The Liberals—led by Malcolm Fraser—condemned Whitlam, ⏛] and after defeating Labor in the 1975 federal election, allowed South Vietnamese refugees to settle in Australia in large numbers. ⏜]


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“To attain the desired fighter fleet, the Air Force must right size current aircraft inventories to expedite the transition away from less capable, aging aircraft and emphasize investment in future capabilities” such as the F-35 Block 4 modernization program and Next Generation Air Dominance, the service’s sixth generation fighter, said Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek.

The service hopes to shed 42 A-10 Warthogs, which would bring the total inventory to 239 aircraft — which puts the Air Force toward the number it believes it needs for counterterrorism and low-end operations through at least 2030, Stefanek said.

/>A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle release flares over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility on Aug. 13, 2020. (Senior Airman Duncan C. Bevan/U.S. Air Force)

It also plans to cut 47 F-16C/D and 48 F-15C/D fighters, which have “major structural issues” and will become unsafe to fly as early as 2023, Stefanek said.

The Air Force is continuing the trend from FY21 of retiring a portion of its legacy tanker fleet, divesting 14 KC-10 tankers and 18 KC-135 tankers. The retirement of those aircraft will allow the Air Force to invest more money toward standing up the KC-46, specifically the transition of KC-10 and KC-135 maintainers to the KC-46, Stefanek said.

The Air Force would retire a total of 13 C-130Hs, a move than Stefanek said “constitutes a low level of risk, given future joint war-fighting missions.”

The service also plans to retire four of its 16 E-8 JSTARS aircraft, which are used for ground surveillance and targeting, and 20 RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30 surveillance drones.

“The Air Force must accelerate investment in competitive capabilities that can penetrate and survive in the highly contested environment,” Stefanek said of the proposal. “Divestment of less-survivable weapon systems provides resources to fund emerging ISR [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] capabilities that can penetrate and collect data in the highly contested environment.”

Lawmakers have already signaled they may not accept the Air Force’s plan to retire certain aircraft.

On Friday morning, Arizona Sens. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema as well as Reps Ann Kirkpatrick, Ruben Gallego, Tom O’Halleran and Greg Stanton issued a statement opposing the proposed divestment of the A-10, which is based at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

“Removing A-10s from the fleet when there is not another aircraft capable of performing this mission takes a vital tool away from our military and is the wrong step for our national security,” Kelly said.

The Air Force might encounter similar opposition for retiring the RQ-4 and E-8 — something it attempted in past budgets, only to be shot down by lawmakers who have fought divesting those aircraft when no direct replacement exists.

Congress may be more likely to approve the retirement of KC-135s this year. In FY21, lawmakers blocked proposed divestment of KC-135s due to concerns from U.S. Transportation Command about the overall size of the tanker force. However, TRANSCOM head Gen. Stephen Lyons told lawmakers during a May 18 hearing that he would support some KC-135 retirements this year.

Trade-offs today for tomorrow

The Air Force’s decision to slash procurement — resulting in some cases in lower buys of aircraft than was projected in FY21 — may also prove controversial.

The service stuck to its plan of buying 48 F-35A conventional-takeoff-and-landing models and 12 F-15EX Eagle II fighters in FY22, at $4.5 billion and $1.3 billion respectively.

It also wants to spend $2.4 billion on 14 KC-46 tankers — two more than projected in its FY21 plans.

However, the service lowered procurement of the HH-60W combat rescue helicopter from 20 aircraft in its FY21 plans to 14 in the FY22 request. And instead of buying four MC-130Js for Air Force Special Operations Command, as it planned in FY21, it will buy only three at a cost of $220 million.

It also funds a single C-130 and E-11 Battlefield Airborne Communications Node to replace combat losses.

The service requests $2.1 billion to procure missiles. Most notably, it will buy hypersonic missiles for the first time, adding $161 million to the budget for low-rate initial production of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon.

Meanwhile, the Air Force wants to make big investments in several advanced technology programs under development to outmatch emerging Chinese threats. The service stepped up its investment on Next Generation Air Dominance, a family of systems that will include a sixth-generation fighter. Spending on the program is set to increase by $623 million, for a total of $1.5 billion in FY22. An NGAD demonstrator first flew last year. Though it remains unclear when the capability will be fielded, it is set to replace the F-22.

Although the Biden administration will likely pursue a nuclear posture review, Air Force nuclear development programs received a huge boost in funding despite ongoing questions about whether to fund the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, which is meant to replace Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles. GBSD was dealt a major victory in FY22, with the Air Force adding $1.1 billion to the program for a total of $2.6 billion.

The service increased spending on the Long Range Standoff Weapon from $385 million in FY21 to $609 million in FY22. Funding for the B-21 bomber stayed stable at $2.9 billion.

The Air Force boosted spending on the Advanced Battle Management System program from $158 million in FY21 to $204 million in FY22. It also increased spending for hypersonic weapons prototyping from $386 million to $438 million.

The service also put more money toward upgrades for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and B-52 bomber. The service increased funds for the F-35′s Block 4 modernization program and Technology Refresh 3 by $239 million, for a total of $1.1 billion. It added $233 million for B-52 upgrades, including the engine replacement program, for a total of $716 million.

Funding for the VC-25B Air Force One replacement aircraft dropped slightly from $799 million to $681 million.


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