“Thank you to the Northern Territory community for your ongoing support for Exercise Pitch Black in 2018. Pitch Black is the Royal Australian Air Force’s largest and most important international air defence exercise with several regional, coalition and allied Air Forces taking part.
With your support we will not only strengthen our defence of Australia and the Top End but enhance our ability to work closely with our foreign partners. The flypast and handling demonstrations at Mindil Beach and the Open Day at RAAF Base Darwin provide an opportunity for us to show our appreciation and a great opportunity for you to get up close and personal to some of the participating Air Force’s capabilities.”
- Air-Vice Marshal Steven Roberton, DSC, AM Air Commander Australia

Exercise Pitch Black is a biennial three week multi-national large force employment exercise conducted from RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal.

Exercise Pitch Black 2018 will be held from 27 July to 17 August 2018. 

Exercises such as Pitch Black are pivotal to ensuring Air Force remains ready to respond whenever the Australian Government requires. The training and integration of forces that occurs during this exercise directly supports Air Force’s ability to conduct operations.

Exercise Pitch Black features a range of realistic, simulated threats which can be found in a modern battle-space environment and is an opportunity to test and improve our force integration, utilising one of the largest training airspace areas in the world — Bradshaw Field Training Area and Delamere Air Weapons Range.

The exercise hosts up to 4000 personnel and up to 140 aircraft from around the globe including participants from Australia, Canada, France (New Caledonia), Germany, Indonesia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, India, Malaysia and the United States and will include day and night flying.

Activities such as Exercise Pitch Black recognises the strong relationship Australia has with its participant nations and the high value it places on regional security and fostering closer ties throughout the Asia Pacific region.

For more information please contact: PB.media@defence.gov.au


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