Annual exercises

Talisman Sabre

Talisman Sabre a training exercise for US and Australian militaries to focus on the planning and conduct of mid-intensity warfighting. A biennial exercise is carried out at the Mount Bundy training area in the NT and Shoalwater Bay training area in Queensland.

For more information on Exercise Talisman Sabre, go the the Australian Government Department of Defence website.

Pitch Black

RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal play key roles in biennial air training with Royal Australian Air Force and other international personnel. In 2018 the exercise hosted up to 4,000 personnel and up to 140 aircraft from Australia, Canada, New Caledonia, Germany, Indonesia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, India, Malaysia and the US.

For more information on the Exercise Pitch Black visit Air Force website.


Held on a biennial basis, the Kakadu maritime exercise strengthens ties with Australia’s international counterparts and aims to improve maritime interoperability.

For more information on Exercise Kakadu, go to the Navy website.

Arnhem Thunder

Military flying operations in the Northern Territory with approximately 40 aircraft, and over 500 personnel deploy to take part in Exercise Arnhem Thunder 21.

For more information on Exercise Arnhem Thunder, go to the Airforce website.

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