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Text of media release carried by Australian Department of Defence website on 20 March
Greg Combet, the minister for defence personnel, materiel and science, today announced the Defence Materiel Organization (DMO) has signed a contract with the US Army Security Assistance Command to acquire seven CH-47F Chinook helicopters, two simulators and associated spares.
"The aircraft will replace the existing fleet of six CH-47D Chinooks operated by C Squadron of the 5th Aviation Regiment based in Townsville and the first two aircraft are planned to enter service in 2014, with all seven in service by 2017," Mr Combet said.
"The CH-47D fleet is providing outstanding …