RAAF Base Darwin

RAAF Base Darwin is located 6.5 km from the Darwin CBD on the Stuart Highway.

RAAF Base Darwin is considered to be a Forward Operating Base with year round activity. The central precinct of the Base is listed on the Register of National Estate. Some of the infrastructure throughout the base is heritage listed and dates back to when the Base was operational during World War II.

RAAF Base Darwin was established on 1 June 1940. Japanese forces mounted two air raids on the city of Darwin on 19 February. The Japanese launched from four aircraft carriers in the Timor Sea, 54 land-based bombers and approximately 188 attack aircraft. The second air raid was a high altitude attack on RAAF Base Darwin and the duration of this attack was somewhere between 20-25 minutes.

Today, RAAF Base Darwin is a joint user airfield sharing the runway with Darwin International Airport and supports lodger units and transient aircraft throughout the year. Major exercises are held in the Northern territory every year and RAAF Base Darwin has a major support role to facilitate these. The notable exercises are:

  • Aces North
  • Pitch Black
  • Arnhem Thunder
  • High Sierra

The following units operate on RAAF Base Darwin:

  • No. 114 Mobile Control Reporting Unit,
  • Headquarters 452 Squadron,
  • No. 452 Squadron Darwin Flight,
  • No. 2 Security Forces Darwin Flight,
  • No 13 City of Darwin Squadron, and
  • Joint Task Force 639 Air Component Co-Ordination Element

When flying, Air Force pilots and crews operate the aircraft in a way that minimises aircraft noise. Air Force has an honest and open approach about the noise experienced by residents living near our bases and training areas. Detailed information about aircraft noise, including Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) maps, is available at the Defence Aircraft Noise website or contact 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362).

To view major training exercises and flying activities see www.airforce.gov.au/flyingoperations