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A CH-47F Chinook helicopter is unloaded from a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

A CH-47F Chinook helicopter is unloaded from a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

A CH-47F Chinook helicopter is unloaded from a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

A CH-47F Chinook helicopter is unloaded from a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

A CH-47F Chinook helicopter pylon is unloaded from a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy at Royal Australian Air Force Base, Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

A CH-47F Chinook helicopter pylon is unloaded from a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy at Royal Australian Air Force Base, Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

Members of the Royal Australian Army unload a CH-47H Chinook helicopter from a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

Members of the Royal Australian Army unload a CH-47H Chinook helicopter from a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Gregory McBride, right, 9th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, checks ramp shoring procedures on a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy cargo ramp at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Gregory McBride, right, 9th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, checks ramp shoring procedures on a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy cargo ramp at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Larry White, left, 9th Airlift Squadron flight engineer, performs a tire check on a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Larry White, left, 9th Airlift Squadron flight engineer, performs a tire check on a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

Cargo is unloaded from a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

Cargo is unloaded from a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

Airmen from the Royal Australian Air Force, along with 9th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, push a cargo pallet onto a K-loader from the ramp of a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy at RAAF Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

Airmen from the Royal Australian Air Force, along with 9th Airlift Squadron loadmasters, push a cargo pallet onto a K-loader from the ramp of a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy at RAAF Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. John Dittess, 9th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, marshals a K-loader to the ramp of a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. John Dittess, 9th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, marshals a K-loader to the ramp of a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy at Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. John Dittess, 9th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, discusses unloading procedures to Royal Australian Air Force airmen aboard a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy, at RAAF Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. John Dittess, 9th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, discusses unloading procedures to Royal Australian Air Force airmen aboard a Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy, at RAAF Base Townsville, Australia, July 7, 2021. The C-5 transported two CH-47F Chinook helicopters to RAAF Base Townsville as a part of the Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales program. The U.S. and Australia maintain a robust relationship underpinned by shared democratic values, common interests and cultural bonds. The strong alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Faith Schaefer)

Boeing maintenance team members, 9th Airlift Squadron loadmasters and 436th Aerial Port Squadron ramp services personnel load a CH-47F Chinook helicopter onto a C-5M Super Galaxy at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 26, 2021. Personnel uploaded two Chinooks onto the aircraft as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Boeing maintenance team members, 9th Airlift Squadron loadmasters and 436th Aerial Port Squadron ramp services personnel load a CH-47F Chinook helicopter onto a C-5M Super Galaxy at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 26, 2021. Personnel uploaded two Chinooks onto the aircraft as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A member of the Australian Army observes the winching-in of a  CH-47F Chinook helicopter on the forward ramp of a C-5M Super Galaxy at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 26, 2021. Boeing maintenance team members, 9th Airlift Squadron loadmasters and 436th Aerial Port Squadron ramp services personnel uploaded two Chinooks onto the aircraft as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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A member of the Australian Army observes the winching-in of a CH-47F Chinook helicopter on the forward ramp of a C-5M Super Galaxy at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 26, 2021. Boeing maintenance team members, 9th Airlift Squadron loadmasters and 436th Aerial Port Squadron ramp services personnel uploaded two Chinooks onto the aircraft as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Ramp services personnel from the 436th Aerial Port Squadron review a C-5 M Super Galaxy load plan at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 26, 2021. Team Dover personnel uploaded two CH-47F Chinooks onto the aircraft as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Ramp services personnel from the 436th Aerial Port Squadron review a C-5 M Super Galaxy load plan at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 26, 2021. Team Dover personnel uploaded two CH-47F Chinooks onto the aircraft as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Senior Airman Damon Hutchins, 9th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, monitors a CH-47F Chinook helicopter as it is winched up the forward ramp of a C-5M Super Galaxy at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 26, 2021. Team Dover personnel uploaded two Chinooks onto the aircraft as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Senior Airman Damon Hutchins, 9th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, monitors a CH-47F Chinook helicopter as it is winched up the forward ramp of a C-5M Super Galaxy at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 26, 2021. Team Dover personnel uploaded two Chinooks onto the aircraft as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Boeing maintenance team members, 9th Airlift Squadron loadmasters and 436th Aerial Port Squadron ramp services personnel upload a CH-47F Chinook helicopter aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 26, 2021. Two Chinooks were loaded on the aircraft as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Boeing maintenance team members, 9th Airlift Squadron loadmasters and 436th Aerial Port Squadron ramp services personnel upload a CH-47F Chinook helicopter aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 26, 2021. Two Chinooks were loaded on the aircraft as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Boeing Defence Australia maintenance team members prepare the rear pylon and transmission on a CH-47F Chinook helicopter for removal  at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 12, 2021. BDA maintenance personnel readied two Chinooks for shipment aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Boeing Defence Australia maintenance team members prepare the rear pylon and transmission on a CH-47F Chinook helicopter for removal at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 12, 2021. BDA maintenance personnel readied two Chinooks for shipment aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Boeing Defence Australia maintenance team members remove a bolt from the forward transmission on a CH-47F Chinook helicopter  at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 12, 2021. BDA maintenance personnel readied two Chinooks for shipment aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Boeing Defence Australia maintenance team members remove a bolt from the forward transmission on a CH-47F Chinook helicopter at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 12, 2021. BDA maintenance personnel readied two Chinooks for shipment aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Boeing Defence Australia maintenance team members prepare a CH-47F Chinook helicopter for shipment at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 9, 2021. BDA maintenance personnel readied two Chinooks for shipment aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Boeing Defence Australia maintenance team members prepare a CH-47F Chinook helicopter for shipment at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 9, 2021. BDA maintenance personnel readied two Chinooks for shipment aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Boeing Defence Australia maintenance team members remove a rotor blade from a CH-47F Chinook helicopter as a C-5M Super Galaxy flies overhead at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 9, 2021. BDA maintenance personnel readied two Chinooks for shipment aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Boeing Defence Australia maintenance team members remove a rotor blade from a CH-47F Chinook helicopter as a C-5M Super Galaxy flies overhead at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 9, 2021. BDA maintenance personnel readied two Chinooks for shipment aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Boeing Defence Australia maintenance team members remove a rotor blade from a CH-47F Chinook helicopter at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 9, 2021. BDA maintenance personnel readied two Chinooks for shipment aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Boeing Defence Australia maintenance team members remove a rotor blade from a CH-47F Chinook helicopter at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 9, 2021. BDA maintenance personnel readied two Chinooks for shipment aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Boeing Defence Australia maintenance team members prepare a CH-47F Chinook helicopter rear transmission for removal at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 8, 2021. BDA maintenance personnel readied two Chinooks for shipment aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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Boeing Defence Australia maintenance team members prepare a CH-47F Chinook helicopter rear transmission for removal at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 8, 2021. BDA maintenance personnel readied two Chinooks for shipment aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A CH-47F Chinook helicopter sits on the flight line at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 8, 2021. A Boeing Defence Australia maintenance team prepared two Chinooks for shipment aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy to Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)
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A CH-47F Chinook helicopter sits on the flight line at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, June 8, 2021. A Boeing Defence Australia maintenance team prepared two Chinooks for shipment aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy to Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia, as part of the U.S. government’s foreign military sales program. The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- As part of the U.S. Defense Department’s Foreign Military Sales program, 9th Airlift Squadron aircrew from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware transports two CH-47F Chinook helicopters aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy from Dover AFB to Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia in early July, further reinforcing the alliance between the two countries.

The sale and delivery of these two Chinooks, approved by the U.S. State Department, was a team effort between the governments of Australia and the U.S., as well as industry partners.

Boeing Defence Australia (BDA), the Australian Department of Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group and the U.S. Air Force’s 436th Aerial Port Squadron foreign military sales program office participated in the effort.

“The U.S.-Australia alliance … has been an anchor for peace, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific for decades,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said in a recent address. “We find strength not only in how vital and dependable the relationship has been, but also in how it has continued to evolve to meet the challenges we face and that our citizens face.”

U.S. Army pilots flew the helicopters from Boeing’s helicopter plant in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania to Dover AFB in early June, to begin preparation for the flight to RAAF Base Townsville. An Australia Defence Force representative at Dover AFB, along with six BDA maintenance team members started breaking down the first Chinook within an hour.

From June 8-19, BDA maintenance team personnel unfastened panels to access the forward and rear rotor transmission components, along with removing six rotor blades and various other components and equipment necessary to load the helicopters into the Super Galaxy. Throughout the entire process, the BDA team worked with members of the 436th APS, continuing a relationship that began more than five years ago.

“As Australia experienced during previous Australian Chinook aircraft acceptance activities, the 436th Aerial Port, and its team, were both proactive in their understanding of our FMS and country-specific requirements, as well as enthusiastically supportive in their key roles, thus enabling the success of those missions,” said Rachael Taylor, Australian Department of Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group representative. “From an Australian Chinook capability perspective, Team Dover is seen as the ‘place to go’ to receive the outstanding support, as well as the resources required to support Australian Chinook acquisition and delivery provisions.”

Upon arriving in Australia, the 9th AS aircrew quickly unloaded the two Chinooks, which will be assigned to the Australian Army.

“Our unshakeable alliance with Australia is enabled by Airmen and their personal connections with members of the Australian Defence Force,” said Col. Aaron Brooks, Indo-Pacific division chief for the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs. “Execution of the foreign military sales program is just the latest example of how Airmen continue to deepen interoperability and ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific alongside our allies.”

Future Chinook missions between the two countries are scheduled for Spring 2022.