RAAF get new uniforms, jets

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Flight Lt. Ben Mason and Sgt. Justin Kelly, Royal Australian Air Force members from the Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team at Edwards Air Force Base, California, pose in front of Australia’s first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter at Luke AFB. They were at Luke to be a part of the maintenance team and observe F-35 operations to enhance their knowledge on F-35 logistics and maintenance. The uniform is the new RAAF general purpose uniform. The dark blue and grey uniform will be worn by personnel for general base duties and for “nonwar-like” operations like disaster relief and humanitarian assistance tasks. RAAF personnel will continue to wear the current disruptive pattern camouflage uniform for war-like operations. All RAAF personnel are expected to be issued a mix of the new general purpose and disruptive pattern uniforms by the end of 2015.