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Air battle across the north
The biennial, three-week exercise tested
complex air combat training scenarios
with international forces and drew on
a wide range of the RAAF’s air combat
Commander of the Exercise, Air
Commodore Mel Hupfield said more
than 1500 personnel participated in
Pitch Black 2010.
“From fighter and strike aircraft to air
battle management capabilities, air lift
heavyweights, intelligence streams,
electronic warfare and numerous
support personnel, everyone had a
very important role to play,” AIRCDRE
Elements from the RAAF’s different
Force Element Groups (FEGs) combined
to support the exercise.
Pitch Black 2010 also involved
participants from the Australian Army
and elements of the Singapore, New
Zealand and Thailand air forces.
Up to 60 aircraft, including F-111s, F/A
18s, Hawks, PC-9s, and an AP-3C made
up ‘blue force’ and the challenging ‘red
force’ during the exercise.
Singapore’s E-2C aircraft provided
early warning while its KC-135 provided
air-to-air refueling for the jets.
Singaporean and Thai F-16s were also
part of the force.
Four F-111s from RAAF Base
Amberley’s 6 Squadron participated
in their final Pitch Black before their
withdrawal from service later this year.
However, the F-111s will return to
Darwin later next month to participate
in Exercises Kakadu and Singaroo - their
final military exercise involvement.
The RAAF’s F/A-18F Super Hornets will
take centre stage at the next Pitch Black
exercise in 2012.
Above: Two RAAF F-111s take off out of RAAF
Base Darwin during Exercise Pitch Black 2010.
Left: 6SQN Avionics Technician, LAC Thomas
Coppin sits on a tow motor with two F-111
Aircraft on the tarmac during Exercise Pitch
Australian and allied forces have descended on Northern Australia to take part
in the RAAF’s largest and most complex air defence exercise, Pitch Black 2010.
Former RAAF ‘Gunnie’
retires after 43 years
Surrounded by friends, family and
contractors at a farewell at the RAAF
Amberley Bowls Club, Bob ‘Bobcat’
Clarke retired after a total of 43 years
service to Defence.
Bob spent 20 years as an armament
fitter, known as ‘Gunnies’, followed by
23 years in the Public Service. He was
christened ‘Bobcat’ upon his arrival at
SRSPO at RAAF Amberley in 1996.
He was a very popular member of the
workforce at SRSPO and was widely
consulted on cataloguing problems
by SRSPO staff and the wider Defence
family in Boeing, Raytheon and TAE.
Bobcat has several projects around
the house and garden to complete
after which he and his wife will set off
travelling around Australia.
When they finish travelling, Bobcat
and Barbara will be kept occupied by
Below: Bob ‘Bobcat’ Clarke and his wife
Barbara cut a cake recognising his 43 years
ser vice to Defence.
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