Global Superiority: Navigating Strategies Using the C-17 Globemaster

In an unprecedented move, 99 Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF) joined the operation from 1 December.

Exercise Global Dexterity has brought together the mighty C-17A Globemasters from the US, UK and Australia on tactical air mobility training missions. This tactical event, deployed to RAAF Base Amberley, took place between 27 November and 8 December, consolidating the strategic alliances between the RAAF 36 Squadron and the US PACAF 535 Airlift Squadron, displaced from Hawaii.

Strengthening ties in exercise Global Dexterity with 99 Squadron

In an unprecedented move, the 99 Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF)  joined the operation on 1 December. Exercise Global Dexterity, conducted semi-annually, provides C-17A crews with a unique platform to forge ties with their international counterparts.

This year’s operations include low-level formation tactical training in western Sydney, air refueling maneuvers with RAAF KC -30As and missions deployed to Townsville and  Scherger bases in northern Queensland.

36 Squadron Wing Commander Scott Hyland emphasized the effectiveness of the  C-17A  in transporting key personnel and bulky cargo across the Indo-Pacific. He stressed the importance of human relationships in these operations, noting that the  Global Dexterity exercise has cemented a partnership with the US PACAF C-17A community.

This synergy allows an exchange of capabilities to fly and maintain aircraft, significantly increasing operational flexibility. Hyland highlighted the strategic value of these combined missions in the region, especially in support of peacekeeping operations, evacuations and responses to natural disasters.

Cooperation in Papua New Guinea during Global Dexterity 23-2

Supported by the Government of  Papua New Guinea, the RAAF  will execute air mobility missions in this country as part of Global Exercise Dexterity 23-2. This operation provides the opportunity to test skills in one of the most challenging flight environments in the world.

The RAAF highlights the importance of these maneuvers to ensure its ability to assist anywhere in the Indo-Pacific. The incorporation of the United Kingdom into the exercise is seen as an added value for the community in the region, and the  RAAF welcomes the support of the Papua New Guinea government and community.

The McDonnell Douglas/ Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, a colossus of military air transport, was developed by McDonnell Douglas for the  United States Air Force. Conceived as the successor to the  Lockheed C-141 Starlifter and to fulfill some functions of the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, the C-17 specializes in tactical and strategic airlift missions. Its versatility extends to medical evacuation and airdrops.

Currently, this strategic transport serves in the USAF and the air forces of India, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and the multilateral entity  Heavy Airlift Wing based in Europe.