The skies above tropical Darwin will be dominated by 140 air force planes from around the world over the next three weeks. Australian and international military aircraft will once again return to the Northern Territory skies for Exercise Pitch Black from August 19 to September 8. Around 15 international partner air forces will combine with the Royal Australian Air Force to develop and enhance military relationships at all levels. The exercise will include day and night flying involving approximately 100 participating aircraft.
Air Commander Australia Air Vice-Marshal Darren Goldie said that exercises such as Pitch Black are pivotal in strengthening our regional partnerships and improving interoperability between nations. Exercise Pitch Black is returning to the Top End after a break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased that we are able to conduct the exercise this year and would like to thank the Northern Territory community for their interest and tremendous support.”
Exercises such as Pitch Black provide important training opportunities in a multi-nation coalition environment and are important for ensuring Air Force remains ready to respond whenever the Australian Government requires. More than 4000 people from around the world will take part in exercises between RAAF Darwin, RAAF Tindal in Katherine and the ocean and other remote areas in the Top End including weapons ranges. The exercise will include a field hospital, stabilisation and security operations including Army and Air Force elements and logistical support.
Exercise Pitch Black is a biennial three-week multi-national large force employment exercise conducted primarily from RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal. RAAF Base Amberley, located near Ipswich, will also be included in the exercise this year. Activities such as Exercise Pitch Black recognise Australia’s strong relationships and the high value Royal Australian Air Force place on regional security and fostering closer ties throughout the Indo-Pacific region.