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Australia Extends Commitment to North Korea; Deploys Growler Jets

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by Chris Uhlmann

 

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Canberra - The Australian Government announced today that it was increasing the number of troops deployed to the conflict in North Korea. An extra 300 special forces will join the 150 currently deployed inside the country. In addition, the RAAF has deployed 6 of the 12 FA/18 Growler electronic attack aircraft to the country. These fighters are expected to take part in operations as soon as tomorrow, utilising their electronic attack capabilities in support of US and allied forces on the ground.

 

Prime Minister Tony Abbot said in a press conference today “This deployment of our Growler electronic warfare jets indicates a marked increase in the ADF’s capability in North Korea. Following a successful Exercise Red Flag with the United States in January, we feel it is time to put these aircraft to good use.”

 

In a statement, the Pentagon welcomed the news. “The electronic warfare aircraft from Australia will perform a critical support role for our airborne operations. We are looking forward to working closely with the RAAF to ensure these aircraft are utilised effectively.”

 

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