Over the last couple of days, helicopters have been hovering over and flying very low and fast over the Lane Cove Council Area. There is no need to panic.
Australian Defence Force personnel is conducting counter-terrorism training in Sydney and the Wollongong area of New South Wales from late-May to late-June 2020.
The training will be conducted during the day and at night.
The ADF has said “The public should not be alarmed if they see or hear military vehicles and military personnel carrying weapons.
Blank and paint ammunition may be used during some aspects of the training.
People who see the training should not be concerned that any of the locations are under any form of an actual threat.
This essential training is vital to maintain Australia’s world-class military capability. It is not a part of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 response. The training is being conducted in a manner that accounts for COVID-19 restrictions and good health management processes.”
Unfortunately the above is all the information we can supply, as Defence is unable to provide media access or further information, including specific timings, regarding this training in order to protect operational tactics, techniques and procedures.
Shaking the House
Today the Army Helicopters were incredibly low and started around lunchtime. At one stage ITC’s whole house shook and pictures looked like they were going to fall off the wall. As at 7.20 pm tonight (3 June 2020) they are still flying over (after a break – which could mean a new crew and late-night flights)
The Army also conducted drills in March 2020.
In January 2018 we had 5 Blackhawk helicopters fly over Lane Cove
In November 2017 4 Black Hawk Helicopters were spotted flying low over Lane Cove at about 7 pm. At 2 am the next morning they came back, with a vengeance, flying low over Lane Cove with their lights off for about an hour. Our Facebook page went off with people asking what was going on.
So be alert not alarmed.