For four weeks, the Royal Australian Air Force will be conducting exercise Arnehm Thunder 21 (AT21) from the RAAF Base Darwin and Tindal.
From May 17 to June 15, the Air Force will deploy a collection of aircraft and over 500 personnel for the exercise who will be arriving in the week prior to commencement.
The following aircraft and personnel will be based at RAAF Base Darwin:
- 10 x F-35A from 3 Squadron
- 10 x F/A-18F Super Hornet from 1 Squadron
- 6 x EA-18G Growler from 6 Squadron
- 1 x KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport from 33 Squadron
- 2 x E-7A Wedgetail from 2 Squadron
- Personnel from 381 Contingency Response Squadron
- Personnel from 65 Squadron
The following aircraft and personnel will be based at RAAF Base Tindal:
- 12 x F/A-18A from 75 Squadron
- 5 x Hawk 127 from 76 Squadron
- 1 x C-27J Spartan from 35 Squadron
- 2 x C-130J Hercules from 37 Squadron
- 1 x C-17A Globemaster from 36 Squadron
During the month-long exercise, aircraft will be in the sky both day and night, however, there will be no flying on weekends.
Information about AT21 flying times will be posted here and will also be distributed on Air Force social media accounts, Northern Territory media outlets, and councils.
The training will be conducted to ensure the RAAF is prepared to respond to the defence of Australia, when required.
The Air Force extends its sincere thanks and appreciation to the people of Darwin, Katherine and the wider NT community for their continued support for important training exercises such as AT21.
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