RAAF Base Townsville

The Royal Australian Air Force's RAAF Base Townsville is an important forward operating base located north-west of Townsville. It is home to:

  • No 383 Squadron - Contingency Response
  • No 452 Squadron Townsville Flight - air traffic control
  • No 27 (City of Townsville) Squadron - Airbase Operations
  • No 38 Squadron (38SQN)
  • Combat Survival Training School - evasion and escape training
  • Army's No 5 Aviation Regiment - Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters
  • 1 Expeditionary Health Squadron Detachment Townsville
  • No 2 Security Squadron detachment Townsville

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

Review of KA350 King Air Fleet

The Number 38 Squadron KA350 King Air fleet was established as an Interim Light Transport capability following the withdrawal from service of the Caribou aircraft in 2009, and prior to the introduction of the C-27J Spartan.

As the introduction of the C-27J Spartan progresses, Air Force is reviewing the disposition of its King Air Fleet, including the future requirement for Number 38 Squadron. As part of this review, Air Force is considering consolidating its King Air fleet at RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria. A consolidated fleet would result in greater efficiencies in support costs, as well as workforce and training benefits for Air Force. Current leasing arrangements for a number of aircraft are due to be reviewed in the 2018 timeframe, and a decision on the fleet disposition is likely to align with this process.

RAAF Base Townville is an important part of Defence capability and will continue to support Army and Air Force capabilities into the future. Significant investment in RAAF Base Townsville is being undertaken to support operations, exercises and training in Australia's North and North East for air lift, maritime and fighter aircraft.