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Australia welcomes 20 participating nations for Exercise Pitch Black 2024

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has been welcoming global military participants as it sets to host Exercise Pitch Black 24 over the next three weeks.

Held every two years, Exercise Pitch Black focuses on large force employment missions involving large numbers of international aircraft.

The exercise was first held in June 1981 from the RAAF Base Williamtown in New South Wales as a three-day air defense exercise. This year, Exercise Pitch Black will run from July 12, 2024 until August 2, 2024 across three RAAF bases in Northern Territory and Queensland.

According to the RAAF, Exercise Pitch Black 24 will be the biggest in its 43-year history, with 20 participants, and over 140 aircraft from around the world, with approximately 4,435 personnel.

Excited to welcome the @tudm_rasmi and @theRSAF to Exercise Pitch Black 24!๐Ÿ›ฌ

We’re thrilled to have you here and can’t wait to take flight together! ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ’ช#AusAirForce #PitchBlack24 pic.twitter.com/LTVWYyZvOK

โ€” Royal Australian Air Force (@AusAirForce) July 9, 2024

Active participating nations for Exercise Pitch Black 24 are Australia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Brunei, Canada, Fiji and New Zealand will have personnel embedded in the exercise.

A momentous occasion! The @PhilAirForce is taking things to new heights by sending four FA-50PH Golden Eagle jet aircraft to #PitchBlack24 for the first time ever! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญโœˆ๏ธ

Maligayang pagdating to Australia! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹#AusAirForce pic.twitter.com/OawdMXvKMk

โ€” Royal Australian Air Force (@AusAirForce) July 10, 2024

Countries attending the exercises for the first time include Italy, Spain, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.

Also new for this year, an aircraft carrier will dedicate its time to Exercise Pitch Black 2024, in the form of the Italian Navyโ€™s ITS Cavour.

All aboard the @ItalianNavy aircraft carrier ITS Cavour for some high-flying fun at Exercise Pitch Black 24! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นโš“๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

๐ŸŽฅ | SGT Kieren Whiteley#PitchBlack24 #StrongerTogether #AusAirForce pic.twitter.com/XT473DPvjl

โ€” Royal Australian Air Force (@AusAirForce) July 11, 2024

Exercise Pitch Black 24 involves some of the most advanced air combat capabilities in the world, flown and supported by a highly-skilled workforce in a challenging training environment.

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