Kristian Laemmle-Ruff images of Pine Gap

We are deeply grateful to Kristian Laemle-Ruff who very generously gave us permission to reproduce his photographs of Pine Gap. Details of these images and information on the antennas in the photographs are available in The Antennas of Pine Gap and in the image gallery from that paper. Note that the small spheres across the upper […]

US ship visits to Darwin

See also Darwin Port Log of US Navy ship visits to Darwin, 2000 – 2014 (updated 1 April 2014) US Marine Rotational Force – Darwin Introduction Australian navy and visiting foreign navy ships normally berth at Fort Hill Wharf or occasionally at East Arm Wharf. Log of US Navy ship visits to Darwin, 2000 – 2014 (updated 1 April […]

2 October 2014 Swan Island incursion

Introduction On 2 October 2014, eight protesters from the Swan Island peace Convergence entered the restricted area of Swan Island, in two parties of four. After some time one group was arrested by Victoria Police in the military/SASR part of the facility located near its northeast tip. These protesters did not resist arrest, and the arrests […]

RAAF Base Curtin

Introduction Location: 17°36’18.0″S 123°49’15.0″E (-17.605000, 123.820833) Wikimapia; Google Maps RAAF Base Curtin is an Air Force facility located on the northern coast of Western Australia 40 kilometers southeast from the town of Derby. It is a so-called “bare-base” airfield, meaning that the base is minimally maintained by No. 322 Expeditionary Combat Support Squadron (322ECSS) on a caretaker […]

HMAS Stirling – STSS

Secret satellite mission by US military teams, Philip Dorling, The Age, 8 February 2011 In what was codenamed Project Crok, personnel from the USAF space test group/space test operations squadron were deployed from Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico to HMAS Stirling south of Perth and Fort Direction near Hobart. The US teams worked […]

Fort Direction

  Secret satellite mission by US military teams, Philip Dorling, The Age, 8 February 2011 In what was codenamed Project Crok, personnel from the USAF space test group/space test operations squadron were deployed from Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico to HMAS Stirling south of Perth and Fort Direction near Hobart. The US teams […]

Modernised High Frequency Communications System – Riverina node

Introduction The Department of Defence has a cluster of communications facilities in the region of Wagga Wagga in the NSW Riverina, including the transmitter and receiver and elements of the Riverina node of the Modernised High Frequency Communications System (MHFCS), described by the local council as “home to some of the most advanced communication technology […]

Delamere Air Weapons Range – NT

Introduction In December 2014 a US Air Force B-52 bomber, along with a KC-135 refueling tanker, landed in Darwin, and took part in simulated bombing exercises at the Delamere Air Weapons Range. This was the fourth  B-52 mission to Darwin between 2012 and 2014. Location 15°37’50″S, 131°51’43″E Wikimapia Delamere Range Facility Airport: Latitude:-15.747  Longitude:131.91999   GOVERNMENT SOURCES Australia Tindal […]

Possibilities and effects of a nuclear missile attack on Pine Gap

Introduction See also main page: Pine Gap Joint Defence Facility [Updated edition] One of the enduring public concerns of the hosting of United States intelligence and military facilities in Australia, whether under the heading of “joint facilities” or otherwise, has been the possibility of a nuclear missile attack on one or more of these facilities in […]

ASD Cocos Islands Signals Intelligence Station

Introduction Latitude: –12.199302°, Longitude:  96.858687° The Australian Signals Directorate maintains a signals interception and monitoring facility on the Cocos Islands, including a satellite ground station, and radio monitoring and direction-finding equipment. The facility is on the southeast part of West Island, on the road to Scout Park, at coordinates 12°11’57.95″S, 96°51’34.50″E. The most recently available Google Earth […]