Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel will be conducting training in several locations in Sydney, Canberra, Illawarra, Port Kembla, and Wakefield Park during November and December 2016.
The training will involve responses to simulated terrorist scenarios at government and civilian infrastructure.
Residents may see or hear military aircraft, watercraft, vehicles, and soldiers carrying weapons and tactical equipment during the conduct of the exercise.
This exercise is part of the regular training program and residents should not be concerned if they see or hear these activities occurring. Local police and other authorities are aware of this training.
The purpose of this exercise is to provide personnel with realistic training environments and scenarios in built-up areas.
Training such as this is conducted to ensure that the ADF has the highest level of capability to protect Australia’s national interests and provide assistance in times of civil emergency.
Some of the training involves aircraft, vehicles, blank ammunition and other pyrotechnics, which can generate some unavoidable noise.
Noise disturbances are minimised by the choice of flying routes, boat transits, and activity locations wherever possible. The ADF thanks the public for their patience and cooperation while this essential training is being conducted.
The training poses no threat or danger to the public.
Defence is unable to facilitate access or provide further information regarding this training in order to protect operational tactics, techniques and procedures.