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Black Hawk helicopters over Sydney and Wollongong, NSW

Australian Army Black Hawk helicopters and personnel are taking to the skies over Sydney and Wollongong, NSW, to practise operations against simulated terrorist targets in mid-May 2018.

The Black Hawks, military watercraft and soldiers are taking part in scheduled counter-terrorism exercises alongside civilian authorities on Sydney Harbour and Port Kembla.

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

The training involves military and civilian maritime vessels 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 and our US allies to 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: 
Monday, 7 May, 2018
Army: Courage. Initiative. Respect. Teamwork.
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