During a stormy Saturday 13 October,
three Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters were
noted passing through Rockhampton Airport while heading to Papua
New Guinea (PNG).
They arrived from the South separately as
"Centurion 62", "Centurion 61" (as shown below) and "Centurion
After taking on fuel, all three - which
were sadly not able to be identified - departed together under the
one radio callsign of "Centurion" and looked to head West to avoid
weather before later landing at Townsville.
The Blackhawks are all flown by the
Australian Army's 171st Aviation Squadron (forming part of the 6th
Aviation Regiment) based at Holsworthy Barracks near Sydney.
It is believed they are ultimately heading to Papua New Guinea
which is hosting the forthcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation