Small arms training at Salt Ash Weapons Range

RAAF Base Williamtown will be conducting surface live-fire activities using small arms at the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range (SAAWR).

These activities will be conducted by No 1. Security Force, No. 26 Squadron and No. 4 Squadron based at RAAF Base Williamtown intermittently throughout 2023, in support of continuation training for security personnel, combat controllers and joint terminal attack controllers.

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This activity is in addition to previously scheduled flying by PC-21 aircraft from No. 4 Squadron and Hawk 127 aircraft from 76 Squadron.

There is currently no programed training scheduled for F-35A Lightning II aircraft on SAAWR.

Senior Australian Defence Force Officer, Group Captain Anthony Stainton said residents living in East Medowie, Salt Ash and Lemon Tree Passage should expect the range to be used at certain times throughout the year.

“The Range is crucial to training and every effort is taken to actively minimise its use and the impact to the surrounding community,” Group Captain Stainton said.

“Air Force has a responsibility to ensure personnel are ready and able to deploy at short notice and this involves necessary training that can extend to the use of SAAWR.”

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