RAAF Base Amberley's Superhornet crews and support staff have been congratulated for an arduous Middle East campaign.
The Australian Air Task Group conducting operations in Iraq farewelled its six Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet multi-role fighter aircraft that have been flying high tempo air-strike operations since September.
As part of US led Coalition air operations, the F/A-18A Hornets from Number 75 Squadron have replaced the Super Hornets to continue combating the Daesh terrorist threat in Iraq.
RAAF Air Task Group Commander Air Commodore Glen Braz said that the new strike team had completed a comprehensive transition and was now flying combat air operations.
"The last two weeks have been a particularly busy period for the ATG with the current Super Hornet rotation continuing to perform missions together with the new strike element," Air Commodore Braz said.
"During the transition, having two outstanding fighter squadrons fly together in combat is a historic milestone for the RAAF."
The incoming F/A-18A Hornet is a single-seat multi-role fighter while the F/A-18F Super Hornet is a two-seater.
As well as individual pilot and weapon systems officer hand-overs, support personnel have been briefed-in and are now fully operational.
Aircrew completed familiarisation flights before assuming full operational responsibility.
The well-earned rest for Australia's F/A-18F Super Hornet crews and support staff from RAAF Base Amberley's Number 1 Squadron comes after seven months of strike missions.
The crews have flown more than 2900 hours, accounting for more than 400 sorties.