Australian Super Hornets complete first mission over Iraq
AUSTRALIAN fighter jets have launched their first armed combat mission against Islamic State forces in northern Iraq but no munitions were dropped.
Australian Defence Force chief Mark Binskin confirmed the mission on Monday via Twitter ahead of an official statement.
2 F/A-18F completed 1st armed combat mission in Iraq. No munitions expended. Returned safely to base.— Mark Binskin (@MarkBinskin_CDF) October 5, 2014
In a statement the Defence Force said the Super Hornets were on call to attack targets as identified.It said two RAAF Super Hornets took off from a support base in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday shortly after 2pm local time.
"On this occasion the aircraft did not use their munitions and have returned to base to disarm and prepare for future sorties," the statement said.
"The Australian Air Task Group's KC-30A multi-role tanker transport supported the Super Hornets while the E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft also flew over Iraq.
"The flights were completed without incident and all aircraft have returned safely to Australia's main support base in the Middle East."
The Australian Super Hornets have joined aircraft from the US, UK, France, UAE, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain which have all conducted attacks against Islamic State forces inside Iraq over the past week.
- APN NEWSDESK