US bombers in Australia for training with RAAF F/A-18A, PC-9

Two United States B-52H Stratofortress strategic bombers together with US Air Force airmen arrived at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Darwin on March 29 for a training with the Royal Australian Defence Force as part of US-Australia Enhanced Air Cooperation (EAC).

The training will last until early April.

The US bombers will train with RAAF F/A-18A Hornets and PC-9 aircraft as well as Joint Terminal Attack Controllers in designated military airspace near RAAF Williamtown, the US Air Force said.

“The training is designed to exercise close air support scenarios, ultimately increasing the abilities of the two militaries to operate together and to enhance security cooperation in the region,” the US Air Force said.

This training is the second under US-Australia EAC this year. The first EAC engagement focused on aeromedical evacuation capabilities held at Andersen Air Force Base in February.

The EAC agreement was signed in 2014 by e US Secretary of Defense and US Secretary of State, together with their Autralian counterparts.

EAC aims to fosters greater integration between US Department of Defense air elements and the Australian Defence Force to enhance interoperability across the full spectrum of operations.