Exercise Diamond Storm 2019 commences in the Northern Territory

Exercise Diamond Storm 2019 will take place from Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal, near Katherine in the Northern Territory on Monday 29 April through to Wednesday 29 May 2019.
 
The exercise is the final phase of the Air Warfare Instructor Course, a three phase intensive six-month course that integrates warfighting functions across a range of specialisations.
 
Exercise Diamond Storm is a Large Force Employment exercise with a focus on the execution of tactical offensive counter air operations. Aircraft from the RAAF and the United States (US) will participate in the exercise and will operate across the Top End, launching from RAAF bases Darwin and Tindal.
 
Exercise Director, Group Captain (GPCAPT) Matthew McCormack said the Diamond Series of exercises were designed to enhance the integration of people and systems to facilitate the introduction of fifth-generation capabilities into the Australian Defence Force.
 
“The course exercises complex war-like scenarios and the students put their newly developed skills into practice and make decisions that will shape the way Air Force fights in the future,” GPCAPT McCormack said.
 
Local residents can expect an increase in ADF and foreign forces flying activities during this period. All flying is scheduled for week days only, and night flying during the exercise will conclude no later than 11pm.
 
The types of US aircraft participating in the exercise include the US Air Force F-15C Eagle and B-52 Stratofortress Bomber; and the US Marine Corp MV-22 Osprey and AH-1Z Viper.
 
RAAF aircraft participating in the exercise include the F/A-18A/B Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, Hawk 127, AP-3C Orion, P-8A Poseidon, C-17A Globemaster, KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport, E-7A Wedgetail and C-130J Hercules.

Proposed Week 1 flying schedule (29 Apr – 3 May)

Monday-Thursday: 2pm - 5pm, and 7pm - 9.30pm

Friday: 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Proposed Week 2 flying schedule (6-10 May)

Monday-Thursday: 9.30am - 12pm, and 4 - 6pm

Friday: 10am - 12pm

Proposed week 3 flying schedule (13-17 May)

Monday: 11.30am – 1.30pm, and 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Tuesday: 11.30am – 1.30pm, and 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Wednesday: 1.30pm – 3.30pm, and 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Thursday: 1.30pm – 3.30pm, and 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Friday: 10.30am – 2pm

Proposed week 4 flying schedule (20 May – 26 May)

Monday: 1.30pm – 3.30pm, and 7.30pm – 9.30pm
 
Tuesday: 1.30pm – 3.30pm, and 7.30pm – 10.30pm
 
Wednesday: 1.30pm – 3.30pm, and 7.30pm – 9.30pm
 
Thursday: 1.30pm – 3.30pm, and 7.30pm – 10.30pm
 
Friday: 11.00am – 1pm
 
 
NB:  Flying schedules can change at late notice due to weather or operational issues.
 
Every effort is made to minimise any inconvenience to local residents; more information regarding noise and exercise operations can be found on the Defence Aircraft Noise site, and at Ops Near Me.
 
You can find more about the overarching course in this Air Warfare Instructors Course news item.