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AC Trent Norman (RNZAF Force Protection) and his Military Working Dog (MWD) 'Wake' give a handling display for the assembled crowds at the Exercise Pitch Black 14 Open Day, RAAF Base Darwin

18 August 2014

As part of Exercise Pitch Black 2014, The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) opened the gates of Darwin Base on Saturday 16 August and welcomed the public to get a closer look at aircraft that have been flying overhead during the three week exercise.

With the theme “Strong International Partnerships – One Community”, the Pitch Black Open Day celebrated the RAAF bond with its international partners and provided an opportunity to acknowledge and thank the local Darwin community for its ongoing support.

Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) personnel from the New Zealand Defence Force contingent supporting the exercise took the opportunity to perform the RNZAF Haka, “Ko Te Tauaarangi” – “Warriors of the Sky”, demonstrating strength and pride in their participation on the exercise.

Following the Haka, RNZAF Aircraftsman Trent Norman and Military Working Dog Wake joined their RAAF counterparts in a MWD demonstration much to the delight of the large crowd who had gathered to watch.

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