US Army Special Ops MH-60M Black Hawks in Perth area for exercise

05-20001 Sikorsky MH-60M Blackhawk of the US Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, at Langley Park, Perth - Fri 13 May 2016. One of three MH-60Ms temporarily deployed to RAAF Base Pearce for an exercise with the Australian Army.  As part of the training they need to be able to safely medivac any potential patients to Royal Perth Hospital, and this MH-60 landed at Langley Park to work with St John Ambulance WA to transfer patients from the helicopters into the hospital.  Photo © Glen Knight
05-20001 Sikorsky MH-60M Blackhawk of the US Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, at Langley Park, Perth – Fri 13 May 2016.
One of three MH-60Ms temporarily deployed to RAAF Base Pearce for an exercise with the Australian Army. As part of the training they need to be able to safely medivac any potential patients to Royal Perth Hospital, and this MH-60 landed at Langley Park to work with St John Ambulance WA to transfer patients from the helicopters into the hospital.
Photo © Glen Knight

3 May 2016 © David Eyre

Three US Army Sikorsky MH-60M Black Hawk helicopters assigned to the US Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) ‘Night Stalkers’ are flying in and around Perth, Western Australia, as part of a joint training exercise between Australian and US military forces during May and June 2016.

The Blackhawks are deployed to RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth, and have been seen over Innaloo, Swanbourne and Northam. They are also operating in the ADF’s Bindoon Training Area.

These are the latest special operations versions of the Black Hawk and were first noted in the area on 3 May 2016.

Presumably working with the Australian Army’s Special Air Service Regiment, the objective is to provide realistic training scenarios in built-up areas. This exercise is part of a regular training program.

A similar exercise with Australian Army Blackhawks in 2015 generated a lot of interest – and noise complaints.

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

2 thoughts on “US Army Special Ops MH-60M Black Hawks in Perth area for exercise

  • May 16, 2016 at 5:27 am
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    ’63’ landed at Langley Park on Friday 13th May.

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  • May 18, 2016 at 9:56 pm
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    Would have been great if we had been notified. When you decide to go to bed at 9.30 because of an early start tomorrow and suddenly have low flying choppers going over it is a bit of a fright. Apparently a few areas were told, but that is no use when they are flying low over houses in other areas.

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