Up to three US military MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters will fly in and around Perth, Western Australia, as part of joint training activity being conducted by the Australian and US Defence Forces in May and June 2016.
The aircraft will be stationed at RAAF Base Pearce, and fly to the ADF’s Bindoon Training Area and other locations around Perth.
The purpose of this activity is to provide personnel with realistic training environments and scenarios in built-up areas. This exercise is part of the regular training program and residents should not be concerned if they hear or see these activities occurring.
The training activities are designed to provide a realistic test of ADF skills and to ensure the ADF maintains the highest level of capability to respond, where required, to support Australia’s national interests.
The training involves low flying, which can generate some unavoidable noise. Noise will be mitigated by the choice of flying routes and locations.
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.