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16th Brigade (Aviation)
Active 1917
1939–1946
2002–present
Country Australia Australia
Allegiance Commonwealth of Australia
Branch Army
Type Aviation
Part of Australian Defence Force

The 16th Brigade (Aviation) currently commands most of the Australian Army's aviation units. As a formation of the Australian Army, the 16th Brigade has been raised and disbanded a number of times since it was first raised during World War I, when it existed only briefly in 1917 and did not participate in any fighting. It was raised again in 1939 for service during World War II, during which it saw action in Libya, Greece and New Guinea before being disbanded in 1946 after the conflict had ended. On 2 April 2002 the Brigade was raised once again, this time as an aviation unit, through the amalgamation of the Aviation Support Group and the 1st Division's Aviation unit.

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16th Brigade (Aviation)

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Current Subunits

From left to right, a Chinook, Blackhawk and Tiger helicopter

The 16th Brigade (Aviation) currently consists of: [1]

Equipment

Aircraft Origin Type Versions In service
Boeing CH-47 Chinook  United States Transport helicopter CH-47D 6
Eurocopter Tiger  European Union Attack helicopter Tiger ARH 15 + 7
Sikorsky S-70 Blackhawk  United States Utility helicopter S-70A-9 35

History

World War I

The 16th Infantry Brigade was formed in England, on the Salisbury Plain, as part of the 6th Division on 17 March 1917. The unit it did not see any action and was disbanded on 19 October 1917 due to manpower shortages in the AIF.

Subunits

  • 61st Battalion (19 March 1917 – 19 October 1917)
  • 65th Battalion (19 March 1917 – 16 May 1917)
  • 69th Battalion (19 March 1917 – 19 October 1917)
  • 70th Battalion (19 March 1917 – 16 May 1917)
  • 62nd Battalion (17 May 1917 – 16 September 1917)
  • 63rd Battalion (17 May 1917 – 19 October 1917)
  • 16th Machine Gun Company (7 June 1917 – 16 August 1917)
  • 16th Light Trench Mortar Battery (5 June 1917 – 26 September 1917)

Commanders

World War II

The 16th Infantry Brigade was reformed on 13 October 1939, again as part of the 6th Division. The 16th Brigade fought in the Western Desert Campaign in Libya, the Battle of Greece, the Kokoda Track campaign and the Battle of Buna–Gona in Papua, and in the Aitape–Wewak campaign in New Guinea.[2]

Subunits

Commanders

Notes

References

  • Australian War Memorial. Unit Information – 16th Brigade, World War II. Available at: http://www.awm.gov.au/units/unit_13065.asp. Retrieved 23 April 2009.
  • Gubler, Abraham (2008). "Army Aviation's New Decade of Growth". Asia Pacific Defence Reporter 34 (5): 16–19.  

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