WWII squadron gives modern unit an identity

Corporal Yasunari Fujimura and Aircraftwoman Amandeep Kaur, from Distributed Ground Station – Australia, prepare for last year’s Exercise Coalition Virtual Flag. DGS-AUS is now No. 83 Squadron. Photo: Leading Aircraftwoman Jacqueline Forrester

WWII squadron gives modern unit an identity

In a historic occasion, Air Force’s No. 83 squadron reformed on January 1, 76 years after it was disbanded and has taken in the former Distributed Ground Station – Australia (DGS-AUS) unit .

No. 83 squadron was originally formed on February 26, 1943, in Strathpine, Queensland.

The squadron was responsible for conducting home defence operations during World War II, flying P-39 Airacobra, Wirraways and Boomerang aircraft and was disbanded on September 18, 1945.

DGS-AUS was originally formed as a flight under No. 87 Squadron to process, exploit and disseminate intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

DGS-AUS became an independent unit under Headquarters’ Information Warfare Directorate in January last year, and now is No. 83 Squadron.

Commanding Officer of No. 83 Squadron Wing Commander Andrew Miller said the squadron now start the rebuiding process.

“It was for this reason that No. 83 Squadron was reformed.

“No. 83 Squadron will employ the DGS-AUS weapon system, which is interoperable with coalition partners and has been developing since 2009.

“Similarly to being tasked with home defence in 1943, the reformed No. 83 Squadron will operate exclusively from RAAF Base Edinburgh in defence of Australia’s national interests.”

No. 83 Squadron’s original role was to provide protection and surveillance of sealanes, protect military installations and to provide close tactical support to ground forces.

The reformed No. 83 Squadron will process, exploit and disseminate intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for these same roles, and provide tailored analytical output for ADF operations.

No. 83 Squadron personnel will participate in a formation parade on February 26, the 78th anniversary of the squadron’s original formation. 


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