Le Mirage 2000-5
What: French Air Force aircraft to participate in Exercise Pitch Black to
arrive this Wednesday, 14 July 2004.
Why: French Air Force will be providing four (4) MIRAGE 2000-5 combat aircraft
and a KC-135 tanker aircraft to participate in Exercise Pitch Black from 19
July until 5 August.
When: Wednesday, 12 July 2004. Media interested in covering the arrival are
asked to present themselves at the Pass Office outside the security gate at
RAAF Base Darwin at 1.00pm.
Where: RAAF Base Darwin.
About 80 French Air Force personnel will arrive at RAAF Base Darwin this week
with the FAF aircraft arriving on Wednesday 14 July, Bastille Day.
The French Air Force will stay for the duration of Exercise Pitch Black. The
exercise gives the French Air Force an opportunity to develop interoperability
with air forces from Australia, Singapore and Thailand.
The aircraft will be flown from France to Australia in four legs, which is a
long distance training exercise in itself. The aircraft departed from France
last Saturday (10 July).
Media wishing to attend RAAF Base Darwin to film/shoot arrivals will need to
provide names of staff attending to the Royal Australian Air Force toll free
number 1800 301 885 and will be escorted while on base. Alternatively, media
can have access to defence vision and stills on
Air Force Public Affairs Darwin,
1800 301 885 (toll free)
Media Adviser - French Embassy,
(02) 6216 0100 - 0403 606 682