Royal Australian Air Force's Williams comprises two bases 20kms south-west of Melbourne at Laverton and Point Cook. Each has a proud place in Australia's military aviation history, Point Cook as the birthplace of the Air Force and oldest continually operating military airfield in the world, and Laverton as the Air Force's third base (since 1925, just after RAAF Base Richmond outside Sydney). The RAAF Museum is housed at Point Cook and the Air Force Band operates from Laverton.
Operations at both bases have been reduced in recent times as the Australian Defence Force has concentrated on defending Australia's northern approaches. The two bases were merged into one in 1999 and the Laverton airfield was sold off for suburban development. The main function of the two bases now is training.
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