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Exercise Mars Olympics

30 November 2015

Exercise Mars Olympics involves around 500 ADF members who have joined forces with over 200 NSW Police and other emergency services to resolve a number of scenarios at various locations including Holsworthy Barracks, the Illawarra Regional Airport and civilian infrastructure in Sydney's west between 30 November - 4 December 2015. 

The training involves Army Blackhawk helicopters, which are operating over urban areas. 

The public should not be alarmed if they observe low flying helicopters, vehicles and military personnel or hear the associated noise of the helicopters, blank gunfire and pyrotechnics. 

Some noise disturbances are unavoidable as the training utilises civilian infrastructure that cannot be replicated at military training areas, such as the Illawarra Regional Airport. 

The training is designed to ensure that the ADF maintains the highest capabilities and skills. 

The exercise is a regular annual event that helps ensure Australia has among the best counter-terrorism response capabilities in the world. 

The public should not be alarmed if these activities occur in their local area.

Images of the exercise are available at

Last updated
5 December 2016
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