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Navy’s SCORPIONS in Australia for Talisman Saber 2017

A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30 Multi-Role Tanker Transport refuels RAAF F/A-18 Super Hornets and a U.S. Navy EA-18G during exercise TALISMAN SABER at RAAF Base Amberley. Credit: VAQ-132

The Navy’s EA-18G Growler Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132, the “Scorpions” from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, are currently at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley in Queensland, Australia to participate in Exercise Talisman Saber 2017.

We put in a lot of time and effort to finally make it down here, so our sailors are really excited to be down here in Australia,” said VAQ-132 Cmdr. David F. Harris. “They’ve been looking forward to this for months.”

Approximately 200 sailors and 24 air crew with the Scorpions are in Australia to work closely with the RAAF’s 6 Squadron for the biennial combined Australian and U.S. training activity.

Watch the Commander’s update on VAQ-132’s work with the RAAF for Talisman Saber 2017.

“First to the Fleet, First to the Fight!”

VAQ-132 in Australia working with RAAF Squadron 6 for Talisman Saber 2017. Credit: RAAF/USN
VAQ-132 over Australia for Talisman Saber 2017. Credit: RAAF
VAQ-132 over Australia for Talisman Saber 2017. Credit: RAAF
VAQ-132 over Australia for Talisman Saber 2017. Credit: RAAF
VAQ-132 over Australia for Talisman Saber 2017. Credit: RAAF

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Written by Mike Killian

Mike Killian

Killian is an aerospace photographer and writer, with a primary focus on spaceflight and military and civilian aviation. Over the years his assignments have brought him onboard NASA's space shuttles, in clean rooms with spacecraft destined for other worlds, front row for launches of historic missions and on numerous civilian and military flight assignments.

When not working the California-native enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, storm chasing, producing time-lapses and shooting landscape and night sky imagery, as well as watching planes of course.

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