Super Hornet to roar through skies this week

FLYING HIGH: A F/A-18F Super Hornet will fly over Gatton this week.
FLYING HIGH: A F/A-18F Super Hornet will fly over Gatton this week. Contributed

GATTON residents could catch a glimpse of a Super Hornet flying over town during Australian Defence Force personnel's specialised training exercises this week.

The F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft will fly at altitudes above 3000m (10,000ft) while a small number of personnel operate on the ground in and around Gatton from Monday through to Friday, October 27 from 10am-5pm.

Commander of Air Combat Group Air Commodore Michael Kitcher said developing skills in providing air support for ground-based personnel was an important part of Defence training.

"As part of the simulated training activity, ADF personnel will be dressed in civilian clothes and moving around the town playing specific roles which might involve driving vehicles, talking on hand held radios and personnel dropping to the ground to simulate strikes," AIRCDRE Kitcher said.

"ADF personnel will not carry any weapons through this activity and there will be minimal disruption to local residents.

"All personnel will carry ID."

AIRCDRE Kitcher said the Air Force was committed to ensuring every effort is made to minimise any inconvenience to residents living in these areas.

"The ongoing support of local communities is appreciated," he said.

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