Variety of Defence helicopters carry out combined aviation exercise over Darwin – Charles D’Alberto

Charles D'AlbertoARH Tiger and CH-47F Chinook helicopters fly over Darwin skies as part of Exercise Vigilant Scimitar that is designed to integrate helicopters from the 1st Aviation (Darwin) and the 5th Aviation (Townsville) Regiments. Picture: Elise Derwin

THE skies over Darwin are getting a bit crowded as a variety of Defence helicopters carry out a combined aviation manoeuvre in assimilated high threat environments.

Exercise Vigilant Scimitar began Monday and will continue until March 23.

About 250 soldiers from throughout Australia are taking part in the exercise designed to integrate helicopters from the 1st Aviation Regiment, based in Darwin, and Townsville-based 5th Aviation Regiment to operate as an aviation battle group to deliver attack, reconnaissance, troop lift and cargo movement in support of ground forces.

Commanding Officer of the 1st Aviation Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Hayden Archibald, said Exercise Vigilant Scimitar was an excellent opportunity to exercise the battle group.

“This exercise will see elements of both the 1st Aviation Regiment and 5th Aviation Regiment come together for the first time since exercise Talisman Sabre in Shoalwater Bay last year,” he said.

“There will be a significant increase in flying operations with the unit’s Tiger Attack helicopters combining with the Townsville-based MRH-90 Taipan and CH-47F Chinook aircraft to complete complex missions.

Posted By Charles D'Alberto