Parachute Training School (Australian Army)
|Parachute Training School|
A Military Support Services VH-MQD CASA C-212-CC Aviocar as used by the Australian Army Parachute Display Team
|Garrison/HQ||HMAS Albatross, Nowra, New South Wales|
|Motto(s)||Knowledge Dispels Fear|
The Parachute Training School (PTS) is an Australian Army (Army) training unit in parachuting techniques, developing parachute doctrine and techniques, trial-evaluation of parachute systems and associated equipment, located adjacent to HMAS Albatross, Nowra, New South Wales.
The first parachute training unit was formed in 1942 designated the Paratroop Training Unit (PTU) and at the end of the war was disbanded. In 1951, the Parachute Training Wing was formed as a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) unit at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales. The unit's first Commanding Officer/Chief Instructor was Squadron Leader C.A.V. Bourne. The instructors on the staff were both Army and RAAF personnel. The first course of trainees commenced in September 1951. In 1958, it was re-designated as the Parachute Training Flight.
The Army assumed responsibility for parachute training on 14 May 1974 and the school was renamed Parachute Training School, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith. The school relocated to Naval Air Station HMAS Albatross in 1986 and has continued its role there until the present.
- Headquarters – co-ordinates the functions of the School.
- Training Wing – conducts all parachute training activities of the School.
- Development Wing (DEV WING) – conducts evaluation and testing of personnel parachute systems and associated equipment.
- Parachute Maintenance Wing (PMW) – stores repairs and repacks all personnel parachutes.
- Logistic Support Wing – stores, transport, medical and catering.
Aircraft used in training
- DC3 Dakota: 1951–1964/65.
- C130A Hercules: 1962–1978.
- DHC-4 (CC-108; C-7) Caribou: 1964–2009
- C130H Hercules: 1978 and still in service.
- Pilatus Porter (Army): (Free Fall Only)
- GAF Nomad (Army): (Free Fall Only)
- UH-1H Iroquois: 1974–1990 (Free Fall Only)
- CH-47 Chinook: 1973–1986
- C130E Hercules: 1995–1999?
- "Parachute Training School". Australian Army. 17 May 2012.
- "A History of Military Parachuting in Australia since World War II". Australian Army. 18 November 2001.