RAAF pilots put skills to the test

FIGHTER jets will take to the skies from Amberley today for the RAAF's East Coast Air Defence Exercise.

The three-week training event will run until Friday, September 13, with aircraft launching from RAAF Base Amberley and RAAF Base Williamtown, Newcastle NSW.

Commander Air Combat Group Air Commodore Tony Grady said, the exercise was vital training for air force personnel to maintain operational capability and to practise key air defence skills.

"The exercise also provides an opportunity for air force personnel to practise their skills at maintaining the integrity of Australian airspace and protecting vital infrastructure, such as a shipping port or an airfield," he said.

The majority of the aircraft assets and personnel will be operating out of their home bases at RAAF Williamtown and RAAF Amberley for the duration of the exercise, however flying will be conducted over water from Newcastle to Evans Head.

The exercise scenario is designed to test both passive and active air defence capabilities where a "Blue" or friendly force will protect the integrity of Australian air space and vital infrastructure against attack from a "Red" or opposing force.

Up to 46 military aircraft from Amberley, Williamtown and Tindal in the Northern Territory will participate in the bi-annual exercise.

To make an enquiry about aircraft noise, you can call 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 3623) and request to be connected to your local base.

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