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Middle East Air Component command changes hands

C-130 aircraft were dispatched to the Solomon Islands as part of a relief operation."

A Middle East Air Component command position changed hands on July 16, with Wing Commander Steve Laredo moving in to the role previously held by Wing Commander David Howard.

The Joint Task Force 633 (JTF 633) Air Component at Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an essential aspect of ongoing defence operations in the region, with Australia playing a key role. Australia operates aircraft and air combat support elements out of the UAE as part of Operation ACCORDION.

Wing Commander Howard was deployed to the region in January as the Executive Officer of the Air Component. He subsequently assumed command in April.

Heoutlined the value of his command experience, stressing the performance of the hardworking efforts of personnel.

"It has been a great job and reinforced to me that if you look after your people they will look after the job for you," Wing Commander Howard said.

"I have no doubt Steve's knowledge and experience will ensure the ongoing success of the Air Component and will bring a different perspective to the way we perform our role and deal with any additional requirements."

The Air Component, based in the UAE​, uses two C-130J Hercules aircraft, designed to provide intra-theatre air movement. Having such capable aircraft on hand is essential for a number of reasons, including aero-medical evacuation.

JTF 633 will be in good hands with Wing Commander Steve Laredo helming operations, and the two Hercules aircraft will likely be utilised to great effect during his command. It's certainly beneficial to ongoing defence operations to have such capable commanders in the region.

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