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Wednesday, 3 October 1984
Page: 1574

(Question No. 1622)


Mr Scott asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 21 August 1984:

What was (a) the frequency of American B52 flights and/or exercises over Australian territory and (b) the number of landings of American B52s at Darwin in (i) 1982, (ii) 1983 and (iii) 1984 as at the date of the answer to this question.


Mr Scholes —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a and b) (i) In 1982, 40 B52 aircraft undertook low level navigation training over Australian territory. Sixteen of these aircraft staged through Darwin, either during their low-level navigation activities or before undertaking sea surveillance in the Indian Ocean.

(a and b) (ii) In 1983, 63 B52 aircraft undertook low-level navigation training over Australian territory. Of this number, three participated in Exercise Pitch Black 83 in the vicinity of Darwin and two in Exercise Kangaroo 83 in north-west Australia. There were 28 landings in Darwin.

(a and b) (iii) Up to 10 September 1984, 94 B52 aircraft undertook low-level navigation training over Australian territory. Of this number, three participated in Exercise Pitch Black 84 in the vicinity of Darwin. There were 23 landings at Darwin.