Navy Blackhawk operations over Rockingham

A Blackhawk army helicopter flies over Perth during emergency response exercises. Picture courtesy: Steve Ferrier/The West Australian
A Blackhawk army helicopter flies over Perth during emergency response exercises. Picture courtesy: Steve Ferrier/The West Australian

AUSTRALIAN army aircrew are using the HMAS Stirling navy base as their headquarters for Blackhawk helicopter “emergency response” training over Rockingham and the Perth region this month.

A Department of Defence spokesman said the flying training, involving up to five helicopters, started last week and would continue until Friday .

“The training is essential to provide ADF personnel with realistic training environments for flying in all conditions across urban and rural areas to support Australia’s national interests,” he said.

“The training is extensively planned, will be conducted with all relevant safeguards, and poses no danger to the public.

“This routine training is designed to provide a realistic test of ADF skills, working together with State and Federal agencies in the form of emergency response scenarios.”

The spokesman said some flight paths were necessarily lower than normal and unavoidable noise may be noticeable for short periods.

Flights will occur in all conditions across urban and rural areas during the afternoon and evening, generally concluding by 11.30pm.