Army Blackhawks in counterterrorism exercise at Dumas House, West Perth

A25-210 Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk (MSN 70-1348) named 'Dragoon', A25-223 Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk (MSN 70-1432) named 'Patriot', and A25-110 Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk (MSN 70-1146) named 'Apocalypse', of 171st Aviation Squadron, 6th Aviation Regiment, Australian Army, over Dumas House, West Perth at 3:42pm on Thu 29 May 2014. Photo © Matt Hayes
A25-210 Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk (MSN 70-1348) named ‘Dragoon’, A25-223 Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk (MSN 70-1432) named ‘Patriot’, and A25-110 Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk (MSN 70-1146) named ‘Apocalypse’, of 171st Aviation Squadron, 6th Aviation Regiment, Australian Army, over Dumas House, West Perth at 3:42pm on Thu 29 May 2014.
Six Blackhawks were flown in from their base at Luscombe Army Airfield, Holsworthy, NSW, to participate in a counterterrorism exercise in Perth and Bindoon from 5 May – 5 June 2014.
Photo © Matt Hayes

29 May 2014

On 29 May 2014 from around 2:30pm, four Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawks flew repeated runs to and from the State Government offices at Dumas House, West Perth (near Kings Park) as part of a month-long counterterrorism exercise.

The Blackhawks operated in groups of 2-4 with a pair hovering over the building for a minute or so before flying away, then returning every 5-10 minutes.

A total of six Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters from the Australian Army’s 171st Aviation Squadron, 6th Aviation Regiment, have been operating in the Perth area for the counter terrorism training exercise, which runs from 5 May – 5 June 2014.

The Army had publicised the exercise in advance, including letter drops in affected suburbs, to warn residents of the noise. The first missions were in the Perth CBD and coastal suburbs, including Swanbourne and Cottesloe near the SAS’ Campbell Barracks, before they moved to Bindoon for the final missions. Most Blackhawk flight operations occurred in the afternoon, but some took place late at night or in the early morning, often at low altitudes, allowing the crews to practice using night-vision goggles in a city environment.

Blackhawks previously visited Perth to provide security for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2011.

The six Blackhawks involved in the counter-terrorism exercise are:

  • A25-110 (MSN 70-1146) named ‘Apocalypse’
  • A25-202 (MSN 70-1299) named ‘Vengaeance’
  • A25-210 (MSN 70-1348) named ‘Dragoon’
  • A25-214 (MSN 70-1382) named ‘Tempest’
  • A25-219 (MSN 70-1410) named ‘Harlequin’
  • A25-223 (MSN 70-1432) named ‘Patriot’

More photos of the Blackhawks are available under our Aircraft Photos section.

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

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