Royal Australian Air Force's Base Tindal is 15kms outside Katherine and 320kms by road south-east of Darwin in the Northern Territory. Although the airfield was constructed in 1942, it is the Air Force's youngest operational base (excepting bare bases) and one of Australia's most important defence installations.
Originally known as Carson's Airfield during World War II, over the years it has been upgraded and extended for commercial use. In 1984, the government decided to establish an operational Air Force base at Tindal. The physical security it enjoys is due to its long distance from the coast, making it unlikely it will be swept away by a cyclone. Tindal officially opened on 1 October 1988 and is now the home of:
No 75 Squadron - F/A-18 Hornet
No 452 SQN Tindal Flight - air traffic control
No 17 Squadron - Airbase Operations
No 2 Expeditionary Health Squadron Detachment Tindal
No 3 Control and Reporting Unit Detachment Tindal
No 2 Security Force Squadron Detachment Tindal
The Army's North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) also has a detachment on the base.
RAAF Base Tindal is very much part of the Katherine community. Our personnel (including our families) make up almost 25% of Katherine's population of 10,000 people. RAAF Base Tindal's contribution to the local community includes such things as flood relief, Defence aid to the civil community and the use of some of the base sporting facilities. Tindal personnel have always shown a keen interest in supporting local sports, and they account for a large number of administrators and competitors. The people of Katherine are also extremely supportive of the base and its personnel and the close relationship is a feature of a posting to Tindal.
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