Royal Australian Air Force turns 100

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Wing Commander Russ Barton, left, presents Airborne Electronic Attack Systems (PMA-234) Program Manager, U.S. Navy Capt. Michael Orr, with a plaque honoring the RAAF’s centennial birthday March 31.

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) celebrated its 100th birthday March 31, marking 100 years of service to Australia.

RAAF members serving at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in the Airborne Electronic Attack Systems (PMA-234) Program Office recognized the event by presenting a “RAAF 100” plaque to PMA-234 Program Manager, U.S. Navy Capt. Michael Orr.

Established at RAAF Base Point Cook in Victoria, Australia on March 31, 1921, the RAAF is the second-oldest independent Air Force in the world. Since then, RAAF airmen and airwomen have served with distinction alongside friends and allies in major conflicts around the world including World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Indonesian Confrontation, and the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Over the years, the RAAF has developed an extremely close relationship with the U.S. Navy, through Foreign Military Sales acquisition of platforms such as F/A-18A-D Hornet, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler and P-3 Orion. In more recent years, the relationship has only strengthened with the RAAF cooperatively developing the P-8A Poseidon, MQ-4C Triton and Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) capabilities.

“Our cooperative partnership is vital to delivering critical NGJ capabilities to our USN and RAAF warfighters,” said Orr. “The U.S. and Australia share a rich history supporting each other on the battlefield and I am honored to celebrate this anniversary alongside my ‘Aussie’ teammates.”

For more information on the RAAF and the 100-year anniversary go to www.airforce2021.airforce.gov.au