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Black Hawk helicopters over Melbourne and Southern Victoria during May.

Australian Army Black Hawk helicopters and personnel are taking to the skies over Melbourne and the Melbourne region in Victoria, to practise operations against simulated terrorist targets in mid to late May 2018.

The Black Hawks and soldiers are taking part in scheduled counter-terrorism exercises alongside civilian authorities.

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

The training involves military and civilian buildings and transport hubs, locations chosen for their training value and the added realism that comes from training in these areas.

People who see the training should not be concerned that any of the locations are under any form of actual threat.

Training such as this helps ensure Australia's defence and security forces remain among the best counter-terrorism response capabilities in the world.

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 the Defence Switchboard: 1300 333 362.

Date of Publication: 
Tuesday, 15 May, 2018
Army: Courage. Initiative. Respect. Teamwork.
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