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No. 92 Wing is the maritime patrol wing of the Royal Australian Air Force. It is headquartered at RAAF Base Edinburgh. It is part of the Surveillance and Response Group, and consists of No. 10 Squadron, No. 11 Squadron and No. 292 Squadron. The wing also has a permanent detachment at RMAF Base Butterworth in Malaysia. It operates AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft in roles including anti-submarine- and anti-surface surveillance and warfare for which the aircraft are equipped with torpedoes and Harpoon anti shipping missiles. It is also responsible for long range intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and maritime attack missions and search and survivor supply missions.[1]

No. 92 Wing RAAF
An AP-3C Orion
An AP-3C Orion
Active1977–Present
BranchRAAF
RoleLong-range surveillance, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, search and survivor supply
Part ofSurveillance & Response Group
Garrison/HQRAAF Base Edinburgh
Motto(s)Watch and Ward
AircraftAP-3C Orion

In April 2013, No. 5 Flight was transferred from Air Combat Group's No. 82 Wing to No. 92 Wing.[2]

In June 2015 an Orion from the No. 92 Wing detachment at Butterworth in Malaysia was involved in locating the MT Okim Harmony which had been hijacked by Indonesian pirates in the South China Sea, whilst deployed as part of Operation Gateway.[3][4]

In late-June 2017 two RAAF AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft were deployed to the southern Philippines to assist during the Marawi crisis.[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Surveillance and Response Group". Royal Australian Air Force. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  2. ^ "SRG new home for Heron". Air Force. Vol. 55 no. 8. 9 May 2013. pp. 2, 7. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Australian Air Force trails missing Malaysian tanker found in Cambodian waters". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  4. ^ Farrah Naz Karim; Tasnim Lokman (22 June 2015). "EXCLUSIVE: 'We passed ship the first time'". New Straits Times. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Australian spy planes to fly over Philippines in IS fight". ABC News. 23 June 2017.
  6. ^ Williams, Jacqueline; Villamor, Felipe (23 June 2017). "Australia to Send Spy Planes to Help Philippines Recapture Marawi". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.