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

Australia’s Department of Defence has commenced the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for its F-35A Lightning II aircraft (commonly known as the Joint Strike Fighter). More information about how to be involved and have your say is available at www.f35evolution.com.au or contact 1800 830 205

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