The last four F/A-18F Super Hornets arrived at RAAF Base Amberley on 21 October 2011, completing delivery of 24 aircraft for Nos 1 and 6 Squadrons. The four new arrivals joined up over North Stradbroke Island with 16 Super Hornets already delivered, to carry out a mass flypast of 20 Super Hornets over Brisbane and the Gold Coast, before landing at Amberley.
The new jets and their crews were welcomed home by friends and family at RAAF Base Amberley with an arrival ceremony and a Super Hornet solo flying display. The Super Hornets achieved initial operational capability in December 2010 following the retirement of the highly capable F-111. Full operational capability of the Super Hornet is scheduled by the end 2012. The Super Hornet will give Australia an upgraded air combat capability, pending the introduction of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
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