RAAF Base Curtin

RAAF Base Curtin is located on the north coast of Western Australia, southeast of Derby and 170 kilometres east of Broome. It was established in the 1950s to provide support for land, air and sea operations aimed at securing Australia’s northern approaches.

The base was officially opened in 1988, named in honour of former Prime Minister John Curtin who served from 1941-1945.

Curtin is one of the Royal Australian Air Force’s three ‘bare bases’, meaning it can be used for training exercises and operations.

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