DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) – The U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales Program is a form of partnership that the United States maintains with more than 180 countries and international organizations to transfer military-related items, services, and training. defense to international partners.
One of the stages of the FMS program is the purchase of equipment by a partner country. Due to its strategic geographic location, Dover Air Base regularly supports FMS operations through the 436th Airport Squadron.
The “Super Port”, as it is called, is the largest air port in the Department of Defense and handles approximately $ 3.5 billion of FMS cases annually.
Last month, Australia completed an FMS transfer of materials to Dover AFB, in the latest example of the 80-year steadfast partnership with the US military.
“We are cooperating closely with Australia to advance security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region,” said the US Air Force brigadier. General Todd Dozier, Director of Regional Affairs for the Air Force Assistant Under Secretary, International Affairs. “The FMS program is an important part of it. This fosters long-term relationships that deepen interoperability and create a stronger Combined Combat Team. “
The shipment consisted of precision guided weapons intended for use by the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force, to include replenishment of ammunition used in recent testing, training and operational deployment.
“Australia has a long history of FMS with the United States, including many engagements between the Australian Defense Force and the United States Department of Defense,” said Squadron Leader Brett Aaker, executive officer of the United States. The No. 36 Squadron of the RAAF, the unit transported the cargo back to Australia from Dover AFB. “The RAAF is extremely well supported in the global establishments of the US Department of Defense. Being another hub of the C-17A, Dover Air Force Base has a talented group of people who always make us feel right at home.
As a partner in the Indo-Pacific region, the RAAF also operates a fleet of eight C-17A Globemaster III aircraft, which were purchased via FMS, providing Australia with an unprecedented strategic airlift capability to rapidly deploy troops, supplies, combat vehicles, and heavy equipment all over the world.
“The expanse of the Indo-Pacific region requires the range and speed of air mobility to enable responsive and agile logistics and force projection,” said Air Commodore Carl Newman, commander of the Air Mobility Group of the RAAF. “Access to quality air mobility bases, such as Dover Air Base, is essential and requires strong relationships to take advantage of the services of these bases which are necessary to enable air mobility.”
Newman added that the two air forces have very common interests and that air mobility bases regularly support each other when needed most.
“Dover Air Force Base remains committed to being the world’s premier airlift wing,” said Col. Matthew Jones, commander of 436 Airlift Wing. “We are proud to support our many partner countries, such as Australia, with the FMS mission and we stand ready when our country calls for rapid global air transport.”