To this day, Darwin and the Territory remain a strategic site for the Australian Defence Force. The Army, Navy and Air Force all have bases in Darwin, employing over 5000 Defence Personnel.
Major military exercises, including Exercise Pitch Black, which hosts 4000 Defence Personnel and 140 aircraft from around the globe including participants from Australia, Canada, France (New Caledonia), Germany, Indonesia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, India, Malaysia and the United States. These exercises enhance regional security and foster close ties between Defence Forces throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Darwin is uniquely positioned as gateway to Asia from Australia and is also home to a significant US military presence. Over 1500 US Marines travelled to the Northern Territory in 2018. This relationship is set to continue until at least 2040.