In August 2012 Government approved the acquisition of an EA-18G Growler Airborne Electronic Attack capability to provide a Force Level EW (FLEW) capability for the ADF. The first of these 12 Growler aircraft, to be operated by the Air Force, arrived into Australia at the Australian International Air Show on 28 February this year.
The acquisition of the Growler force is a joint asset to support military and national operations. Australia will be the only country outside of the US to operate the Growler. In this seminar, Wing Commander Paul Jarvis, will provide an unclassified update on the operating status of the Growler.
Wing Commander Paul Jarvis
Wing Commander Paul Jarvis joined RAAF in January 1991. His first operational tours were flying C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, before being posted to RAAF Base Pearce in early 1995 to complete Introductory Strike Navigator Course. In 1995, Wing Commander Jarvis was posted to RAAF Amberley for conversion onto the F-111C strike aircraft and then completed a tour at
1 Squadron. He was then posted as 82 Wing Weapons and Electronic Warfare Officer, deploying to the Air Operations Centre for Operation WARDEN in 1999.
In 2000, he was posted to the United Kingdom on exchange where he flew the Tornado GR-1A and GR-4A. During this RAF tour, Wing Commander Jarvis conducted deployments for Operation RESINATE SOUTH in Kuwait flying No Fly Zone Patrols over Iraq and Operation TELIC in 2003, conducting numerous strike missions and serving as the Tornado Wing Electronic Warfare Officer.
Upon return to Australia, Wing Commander Jarvis returned to F-111 flying duties. Graduating from Fighter Combat Instructor Course he served in a number of executive roles at 6 Squadron. Following an Aerospace Development tour as Weapons Desk Officer, he was posted in 2010 to the Headquarters ISAF Joint Command dynamic targeting cell in Kabul Afghanistan. Returning to Aerospace Development, he was responsible for developing the Growler capability proposal.
Selected to Command 5 Flight operating the Heron Remotely Piloted Aircraft In 2012, Wing Commander Jarvis led Heron Rotation 8 from Kandahar Air Base providing support to Australian and other coalition forces in southern Afghanistan.
Upon return to Australia, Wing Commander Jarvis was posted as Deputy Director Growler Transition Office, responsible for the design and implementation of the Airborne Electronic Attack capability across the Australian Defence Organisation. In June 2016, he was posted to VAQ-129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to complete EA-18G Growler conversion training, returning in March 2017 to take up his current role as SO1 Air Combat Integration at HQ Air Combat Group.
The briefing will commence promptly at 1030 hours