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Us aircraft to exercise in northern Australia

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NEWS RELEASE DPR 33/95 Wednesday, 26 April, 1995


United States Marine Corps (USMC) aircraft and personnel will arrive at RAAF Base Darwin on Friday (April 28) for a regular two-month training deployment to northern Australia.

Although based at Darwin, the American aircraft will exercise in air combat and strike training manoeuvres over the Delamere Air Weapons Range, 130 kilometres south-west of Katherine.

Departures and return flights to Darwin will conform to the new noise abatement procedures implemented in mid-1994 and to minimise military air traffic over the northern capital future Marine Corps deployments will be relocated to RAAF Base Tindal near


The US exercise, known as Southern Frontier, will involve 12 F/A-18 and three EA-6B Prowler aircraft and a KC-130 tanker from the US Marine Air Group 12.

The exercise also involves about 230 Marine Corps personnel rising to a maximum of 370 personnel during the two-day squadron changeover halfway through the exercise period. ~

The visiting personnel will be accommodated at the Darwin base which will also provide ground support, air traffic control, and radar and control reporting facilities during the exercise.

Although Southern Frontier is primarily a USMC training exercise, RAAF F/A-18 fighters from Tindal will take part in the exercise.

The American aircraft will start the exercise program next Monday (May 1).

Further information: Mike Lawson (Darwin) Ph 089-802323 (b/h) or 089-855458 (a/h)

Richard Hogan (Canberra) Ph 018 632420 (b/h) or 06-2958171 (a/h)

Issued by the Directorate of Public Relations, Department of Defence. Canberra ACT, 2500