RAAF Base Darwin is one of the Air Force's main forward operating bases. It is located 6.5 km north-east of the City of Darwin, and shares the runway with Darwin International Airport.
Major exercises are held in the Northern Territory every year, with RAAF Base Darwin undertaking a major support role. Notable exercises include Pitch Black; High Sierra; and Diamond Storm.
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
- Joint Task Force 639 Air Component Co-Ordination Element
RAAF Base Darwin is steeped in history with its central precinct 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. On 19 February 1942, Japanese forces mounted two air raids on the city of Darwin, the second of which was a high altitude attack on the Base that endured for some 25 minutes.
Following the end of World War II, Darwin became an important transit stop for military movements throughout Asia, including use as a transport hub to support operations in Vietnam.
Air Force has an honest and open approach to aircraft noise that may affect neighbours of our bases and training areas.
Our pilots and crews operate their aircraft in a way that minimises aircraft noise, and we freely distribute information about aircraft noise, such as Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) maps.
For more information, visit the Defence Aircraft Noise website or call 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362).
See Flying Operations to view major training exercises and flying activities.
Contact Details RAAF Base Darwin PO Box 13 Winnellie NT 0820