Aussie Chinooks flying in Afghanistan
Australian Chinook heavy transport helicopters are flying in Afghanistan once again
By Hal Klopper, Boeing International Communications
Ministry of Defense Australia Photo
The two Australian CH-47 "Chooks" have resumed operations at Kandahar airfield in southern Afghanistan and will operate for eight months over the Afghan summer to provide airlift support to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
Australian Chinooks have operated in Afghanistan since 2006, flying through the summer then returning to Australia for servicing.
The Australian aircraft would work closely with the American Chinook company, commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel David Lynch said.
"We have inserted our two Chinooks into the company to bolster their capacity to do heavy lifting throughout Regional Command (South)," he said in a statement on Tuesday.
The helicopters arrived in Afghanistan by Australian C-17 aircraft less than a month ago and have since been reassembled and test flown in the harsh desert operating environment.
Colonel Lynch said his team had worked hard to get the aircraft to the final operating stage.