Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and Blackhawk helicopters will conduct simulated counter terrorism training in several locations around Melbourne during May 2017.
The training involves responses to simulated terrorist scenarios at civilian infrastructure around the Melbourne CBD and surrounds. Locations are selected for their training value and not as a result of any threat to the location.
Residents may see or hear military Blackhawk helicopters, vehicles and soldiers carrying weapons and tactical equipment during the exercise.
Such activities will often occur during the night.
At times, the training will also involve the use of blank ammunition and other pyrotechnics. The ADF will seek to minimise noise disturbances by alternating the choice of flight paths and activity locations, wherever possible.
The purpose of the training is to provide personnel with realistic training environments and scenarios in built-up areas. This exercise is part of the regular, scheduled training program and residents should not be concerned if they hear or see these activities occurring.
Training such as this ensures that the ADF maintains the highest level of capability to respond, where required, to support Australia’s national interests.
Defence acknowledges that these activities may result in possible disturbances to local residents, however, wherever possible, the ADF seeks to minimise this disruption.
The ADF has consulted with the relevant local authorities in preparing for this training.
The ADF would like to thank the local residents and businesses for their continued support and cooperation during this important training.
The ADF is unable to provide media access or further information, including specific timings, regarding this training in order to protect operational tactics, techniques and procedures.
Individuals with concerns should contact: army.contact [at] defence.gov.au