Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel will conduct water-based training, including parachuting, in the coastal waters, adjacent beaches and rivers in vicinity of Botany Bay, Georges River and Sydney’s northern beaches during early-to-mid February 2018.
The training will be conducted during the day and at night and involves the use of military aircraft, watercraft and Defence vehicles.
Although personnel participating in the training will be dressed in military uniform, carrying tactical equipment and weapons, no ammunition will be carried or used during the training activities.
Residents should not be concerned if they hear or see these activities occurring as the exercise is part of the normal scheduled training calendar.
The training is being conducted to ensure that the ADF maintains the highest level of capability to respond, where required, to support national interests.
The training has been extensively planned with relevant civilian authorities, will be conducted with all relevant safeguards, and poses no danger to the public.
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 thanks 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.