source Australia’s Department of Defence
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) refuelling aircraft supported RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets conduct their first combat mission in Iraq on Sunday, October 05, 2014. During its mission it distributed thousands of litres of fuel to Australian aircraft in order to maintain sustained air operations.
Six RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet, an E-7A Wedgetail Early Warning and Control aircraft and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft are assigned to the Air Task Group (ATG).
The ATG comprises nearly 400 RAAF personnel who have deployed to the Middle East. Australia’s efforts are in response to a request for assistance by the Iraqi Government in combating ISIL terrorists.