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Exercise Pitch Black 2024

About Exercise Pitch Black 2024

Held every two years, Exercise Pitch Black focuses on large force employment missions involving numerous international aircraft. This year's event will be the largest in the exercise’s 43-year history, bringing together 21 international participants and over 140 aircraft from around the world, with approximately 4,435 personnel taking part.

Key Locations

The primary bases for this year's exercise will be RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal in the Northern Territory, with additional aircraft operating from RAAF Base Amberley, located near Ipswich in Queensland.

Significance and Benefits

Exercise Pitch Black is the Royal Australian Air Force’s most significant flying activity for strengthening international engagement and enhancing collaborative capabilities with overseas partners. The exercise ensures the Air Force remains responsive to the Australian Government’s needs and contributes to the security of participating nations, preparing them for contingency operations.

For international participants, Exercise Pitch Black 2024 offers invaluable experience in deploying over great distances and integrating with other nations’ forces. This unique opportunity allows participants to work firsthand with foreign counterparts, building strong relationships and enhancing operational readiness.

Community Engagement

This exercise also provides a chance for international participants to experience Australia—from our local communities to the expansive skies. It directly supports their training requirements and operational capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region. The exercise fosters closer ties and reinforces the value placed on regional security and cooperation.

Advanced Capabilities

Exercise Pitch Black 2024 will showcase some of the most advanced air combat capabilities in the world, operated by a highly skilled workforce in a challenging training environment. The exercise will also support an International Observer Group program, allowing foreign forces to gain insights into Australia’s preparation and execution of major activities.

Historical Context

Air Force exercises in the Northern Territory date back to the 1960s, with the first Exercise Pitch Black held at RAAF Base Williamtown in 1981. Since then, it has evolved into a premier air defence exercise, regularly hosted in Darwin since 1983. Over the years, more than 20 nations have participated, demonstrating the exercise’s importance in international military cooperation.

Plan Your Stay

For those planning to visit Darwin during Exercise Pitch Black 2024, our resort offers a convenient and comfortable stay. Located just a short distance from RAAF Base Darwin, our resort provides easy access to the exercise’s key activities. Guests can enjoy modern amenities, exceptional service, and the opportunity to witness one of the world’s most significant military exercises.

For more information on Exercise Pitch Black 2024, please contact: PB.media@defence.gov.au.

Experience the thrill of Exercise Pitch Black 2024 and immerse yourself in the dynamic atmosphere of this extraordinary event. Book your stay with us and be part of this exciting time in Darwin. We look forward to welcoming you! For more information, please visit: Exercise Pitch Black 2024 | Air Force