ADF training exercises planned for Gatton

F/A-18F Super Hornets
F/A-18F Super Hornets Melissa Belanic

RESIDENTS living in the Gatton area can expect to see Australian Defence Force personnel conducting specialised training activities from October 23 to 27.

F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft will operate at altitudes above 10,000ft. However there will be a small number of personnel operating on the ground in and around Gatton.

"As part of the simulated training activity, ADF personnel will be dressed in civilian clothes and moving around the town playing specific roles which might involve driving vehicles, talking on hand held radios and personnel dropping to the ground to simulate strikes," Commander of Air Combat Group Air Commodore Michael Kitcher said.

"ADF personnel will not carry any weapons through this activity and there will be minimal disruption to local residents,'' he said.

All personnel will carry identification.

The training activities will be carried out between Monday, October 23 to Friday, October 27 from 10am to 5pm.

"Air Force is committed to ensuring every effort is made to minimise any inconvenience to residents living in these areas.  The ongoing support of local communities is appreciated," Mr Kitcher said.

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