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Roaring Jets In Australian Skies: Exercise Pitch Black

The Australian skies witnessed an impressive display of might when 60 jets took off in just 90 minutes from two major air bases in the Northern Territory, as part of Exercise Pitch Black.

Held from 27 July to 17 August 2018, the biennial three week multi-national large force employment exercise was conducted from RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal.

The exercise hosts up to 4000 personnel and up to 140 aircraft from around the globe including participants from Australia, Canada, France (New Caledonia), Germany, Indonesia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, India, Malaysia and the United States and included day and night flying.

Exercise Pitch Black provided an opportunity to test and improve our force integration, utilising one of the largest training airspace areas in the world — Bradshaw Field Training Area and Delamere Air Weapons Range.

It is pivotal that our Air Force remains ready to respond whenever the Australian Government requires. The training and integration of forces that occurs during this exercise directly supports Air Force’s ability to conduct operations.

For more information visit Exercise Pitch Black 2018.

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