Exercise Arnhem Thunder - heightened military flying operations - Northern Territory

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There will be increased military flying operations in the Northern Territory as approximately 40 aircraft, and over 500 personnel deploy to take part in Exercise Arnhem Thunder 21. As one of the Royal Australian Air Force’s largest domestic training exercises for 2021, Arnhem Thunder will provide important force generation training, focusing on high-end collective training involving multiple force element groups.
DATES:                               12 May to 15 June 2021
VENUE:                              RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal
FLYING SCHEDULE:         Aircraft will operate week days only during usual flying hours, with some early overnight and early morning flying. The current exercise flying schedule for Week 3, commencing Monday 31 May, 2021, is below.
Departure windows:
31 May 2021
12.30pm - 5.00pm
6.30pm - 10.30pm
01 June 2021
12.30pm - 5.00pm
6.30pm - 11.30pm
02 June 2021
12.30pm - 5.00pm
6.30pm - 10.30pm
03 June 2021
12.30pm - 5.00pm
6.30pm - 10.30pm
04 June 2021
9.00am - 2.00pm
05 June 2021
No flying
06 June 2021
No flying


All timings are subject to change due to operational requirements.

AIRCRAFT: Aircraft including F/A-18A Hornets, C-27J Spartan, C-130J Hercules, a C-17A Globemaster III and Hawk 127 lead-in-fighters will be operate from RAAF Base Tindal; and F-35A Lightning II, F/A-18F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, KC-30 Tanker Transport, and E-7A Wedgetail from RAAF Base Darwin.
Safety, noise management and the environment are vital considerations in the planning and conduct of Defence flying activities, and participating squadrons will operate with a view to minimising the impact on local communities.
The health and safety of all personnel participating in this exercise is paramount. All Australian Defence Force personnel are required to adhere to state and territory government travel restrictions and health advice and there are a range of COVID-19 risk mitigation measures in place for this exercise.
Air Force appreciates the ongoing support of the Northern Territory community during these vital training activities.
Images from Arnhem Thunder will become available during the exercise and will be available here. 
Information regarding participating aircraft is available here.

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at http://www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise, or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362)

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