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Army November 24, 2011
By LS Paul Berry
THE sixth rotation of the Heron detachment is
flying further and longer than ever in support of
Australian troops in Afghanistan.
The triservice detachment has matured over its
two-year operational life to offer an intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance package tailor made
for its Australian and coalition customers.
The CO of Heron Detachment Rotation 6,
Wg-Cmdr Ian Goold, said there had been a number
of significant changes to Heron operations in the
past few months.
He said the addition of the airborne UHF
transmitter receiver relay (AUTRY) system and a
contractual change with Canadian Heron lessor,
MacDonald, Dettweiler and Associates Ltd (MDA),
had significantly increased the service they could
means that our
pilot can talk
troops on the
they are on the
ings and other
our rate of effort
has increased sig-
nificantly since the maintenance contract with MDA
has been updated.
"Up until July this year the average was about
360 hours per month and since July we are averag-
ing over 500 hours.
"The new contract allowed for an increased num-
ber of Heron launches per month, meaning the team
can conduct persistent operations over a number of
days and support troops without a break."
The remotely piloted aircraft are flown from the
Heron compound at Kandahar Airfield.
A pilot and payload operator sit in the ground
control station, while a team of analysts man the
ground mission station in a room next door, watch-
ing and analysing the full-motion video feed.
Heron pilot Lt Duggan Jones, 6 Avn Regt, said it
had been challenging learning another aircraft type.
"It's not quite the same as being in the cockpit,
but it's been a great experience," he said.
"Normally as a pilot you have to be in Chinooks
to get over here and start getting the operational
experience, so this provides another way."
The Kiowa pilot from 173 Sqn said the pre-
deployment training had set him up well, but there
had been on-the-job training in terms of working
with troops on the ground.
"A lot of it we have picked up as we go, which
can be a bit challenging because you don't want to
stuff up, especially when there are guys out there
and we're the only ones ahead of them.
"I have been learning lots about coalition air-
space, how our boys work on the ground and how
best we can help them."
Wg-Cmdr Goold said he was proud the team had
not turned down a single tasking since August this
"The team are totally mission focused. We are
committed to supporting Australian and coalition
troops -- to assist them to complete their missions
safety and effectively," he said.
"We have an excellent team, performing to an
Herons pick up the pace
"... you don't
want to stuff
when there are
guys out there
and we're the
only ones ahead
-- Lt Duggan Jones,
View from above: A Heron is towed from its hangar in preparation for another mission over southern Afghanistan. Inset, Heron pilot
Lt Duggan Jones has finetuned his skills on the job in Afghanistan.
Photos by LS Paul Berry
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