RAAF Base Tindal in the Northern Territory is playing a pivotal role in the training of the next air warfare instructors during Exercise Diamond Storm 2019.

The base is experiencing a surge of personnel and aircraft from Nos. 77 and 76 Squadrons, as well as teams from Raytheon Lear Jets and Air Affairs Australia Alpha Jets.

“It’s great to support the exercise and to show off what RAAF Base Tindal and the Northern Territory have to offer.”

Exercise Diamond Storm, which runs until May 29, is the culminating exercise of the six-month intensive Air Warfare Instructor Course conducted at RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal.

Red Force Royal Australian Air Force No. 76 Squadron Hawk 127s prepare to take off for a sortie during Exercise Diamond Storm 2019. Photo: Corporal Colin Dadd

The RAAF Base Tindal Airbase Command Post Watchkeeper, Leading Aircraftman Jason Donaldson, said Exercise Diamond Storm was a chance to showcase the base’s full operational capability.

“During the exercise period, base support functions are working at an increased tempo, running day and evening shifts,” Leading Aircraftman Donaldson said.

The dog handlers at No. 2 Security Forces have increased their patrols, refuelling teams are pumping more than 170,000 litres of fuel each day and the cooks are preparing more than 3000 meals a week.

“When we have exercises like these our cooks like to showcase Northern Territory produce, such as barramundi and even crocodile,” Leading Aircraftman Donaldson said.

“It’s great to support the exercise and to show off what RAAF Base Tindal and the Northern Territory have to offer.”

Although it is one of the youngest operational bases, RAAF Base Tindal is one of Australia’s most important.

The huge air space in the Northern Territory and the closeness to training ranges at Delamere and Bradshaw make Tindal an important staging base for warfighting scenarios.