Home' Navy News : May 23rd 2013 Contents Image © Australian Department of Defence
The world is complex.
Your decisions don’t have to be.
Ensuring the continuous availability, maintenance and sustainment of naval
fleets is increasingly complex. Working in partnership to understand your
operational needs, work schedules and future requirements, Thales offers
repair, maintenance and in-service support capabilities for commercial and
naval vessels on the east and west coasts of Australia. With a proven track
record across 50 navies and a commitment to delivery, our maritime and
defence sustainment solutions focus on reduced risk, scalability and low
To find out more visit thalesgroup.com.au
May 23, 2013 www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS
Flying the flag
for Navy Fighter controllers impress
on exercise in the US.
WHAT IT TAKES
NAVY requires an average of between four and
six fighter controllers to be trained annually in
order to maintain its capability in the deployable
Fleet Fighter Control Element and RAAF 2SQN.
Volunteers will be accepted from the mari-
time warfare officer (MWO) and maritime
combat officer (MCO) communities subject
to a minimum of one year’s consolidation of a
Major Fleet Unit Bridge Warfare Certificate for
MWOs or one year’s posting as Operations
Room Supervisor as a PO Combat System
Supervisor for MCO.
Anyone interested in specialising as a fighter
controller should initially register their interest
with the relevant NPCMA desk officer.
All volunteers are required to pass the avia-
tion medical (non-pilot initial) examination and
RAAF air combat officer (air battle manager)
psychological aptitude testing and fighter con-
troller aptitude testing as a screening require-
ment. These results should then be passed to
NPCMA with a CO’s recommendation.
DI(N) OPS 3-18 covers all aspects of RAN
fighter controller capability management.
N A first for Navy, four fighter
controllers showcased their skills
in Exercise Red Flag-Nellis in the
Nevada test and training range just
north of Las Vegas.
LEUTs Dale Axford, Glen
Edwards, Stephen Gaisford and Peter
Hassall were attached to the RAAF’s
2SQN E-7A contingent for the high-
end warfighting exercise.
Held from February 22 to March
15, the exercise integrated air assets
and personnel from the US Air Force,
US Navy, US Marine Corps, RAF and
RAAF in highly contested and degrad-
ed air operations.
Two RAAF Wedgetail airborne
early warning and control aircraft and
the four Navy officers impressed Red
Flag-Nellis participants, obtaining
honours and highlighting the skills
Red Flag-Nellis prepares US and
coalition air space and cyber units for
successful mission execution in realis-
tic wartime tasking.
The exercise simulated the first five
days of a war campaign as close to a
real-world air warfare environment as
Each fighter controller encountered
challenging mission sets including
defensive counter air, global strike/
air interdiction, dynamic targeting and
combat search and rescue.
During a combat search and rescue
mission, LEUT Hassall was appointed
Deputy Mission Commander and
received a commendation by his crew
mission commander for exemplary
LEUT Axford put his tactical
command and control knowledge and
experience gained on the ground at
last year’s Exercise Red Flag-Alaska
to good use, safely recovering a syn-
thetic downed pilot and Special Forces
team on the same combat search and
LEUTs Axford and Gaisford also
took on the role of Force Marshaller.
“It was an intense job for an aver-
age period of three hours. There were
more than 60 aircraft cycling through
the check-in procedure including
fourth and fifth generation fighters,
multiple tankers and stealth bombers,”
LEUT Gaisford said.
“It required significantly increased
awareness to ensure the safe decon-
fliction of all aircraft.”
Further honours for Navy par-
ticipants came as LEUT Edwards
received a superior performance
award from the Red Flag-Nellis Air
Expeditionary Warfare Commander in
recognition of his duties and associ-
ated product to a high standard.
CO 2SQN WGCDR Paul Carpenter
said 2SQN’s participation was a sig-
nificant milestone in the continuing
development of E-7A capability as
the platform continued its transition
towards full operational capability.
“Red Flag provides complex
aviation combat training at a level
not available in Australia,” WGCDR
“It is essential our people are
trained at this level to ensure they
effectively operate and integrate the
Wedgetail’s highly technical equip-
ment in a complex air warfare environ-
ment with coalition partners.”
In highlighting significant career
rewards for Navy personnel wishing
to specialise as a fighter controller,
Senior Naval Officer Headquarters
42WG LCDR Jeff Davison said there
was a great deal of variety and profes-
sional job satisfaction.
“The fighter controller specialisa-
tion certainly paves the way for future
service in the air warfare destroyer
plus senior positions in the E-7A com-
munity,” LCDR Davison said.
“The Navy fighter controller foot-
print is now mature within 2SQN and
we are not just there to make up the
“Navy fighter controllers are per-
forming very well in the E-7A capa-
bility space, with four Navy fighter
controllers in senior positions within
crews by the end of this year.”
ON SHOW: A RAAF Wedgetail holds short of the
active runway at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
Photo: Lawrence Crespo, US Air Force
READY TO FLY:
LEUTs Glen Edwards,
Dale Axford, Peter
Hassall and Stephen
Exercise Red Flag-
Nellis in Nevada.
Photo courtesy of
LCDR Jeff Davison
Links Archive May 9th 2013 June 6th 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page