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7th Brigade bringing five nations together
14 Jun 2019
The Australian Army’s 7th Brigade trained with four other nations during three concurrent exercises at Shoalwater Bay in May-June 2019. Exercises Southern Jackaroo, Carabaroo and Diamond Sprint involved members from the United States Marine Rotation Force Darwin, Japan Ground Self Defense Force, Armed Forces of the Philippines and a small contingent from the Republic of Fiji Military Force. The ability to work with our regional and coalition partners is essential for the modern military operating environment and these exercises were excellent opportunities for soldiers from all participating nations to enhance our ability to work together, learn from each other, build relationships and understand how different militaries operate.
Royal Military College Queen's Birthday Parade
12 Jun 2019
The Queen’s Birthday Parade was held to celebrate the official birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on Saturday 8 June 2019 at the Royal Military College – Duntroon. The parade was a ceremonial “Trooping of the Queen’s Colour”, conducted by the Corps of Staff Cadets (CSC) of the Royal Military College – Duntroon. In attendance, were the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK MC (Retd) and Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO, Chief of Army. The “Trooping the Colour” ceremony dates back to the 16th Century when, each evening, the Regiment’s Colour was escorted through the ranks of troops to ensure that soldiers would be able to recognise their Colour on the battlefield.
5 RAR Presentation of Colours parade
06 Jun 2019
The Australian Army’s 5th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (5 RAR), has been presented with new Colours by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), at Darwin Cenotaph on 1 June 2019. The Colours, which were last presented in June 2008, are the symbol of the military unit and bear the battle honours granted in recognition of gallant deeds performed by its members. 5 RAR Association members were invited to participate in the parade and assisted with the uncasing of the new Colours alongside senior members of the battalion. The parade will also commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War’s Battle of Binh Ba (6-7 June 1969), a significant battle in the Battalion’s history and a listed battle honour of The Royal Australian Regiment. The old Colours will be laid up in St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, Darwin.
Exercise Diamond Sprint
05 Jun 2019
On 31 May 19 7th Brigade conducted its culminating live fire combined arms training which saw Brigade units work together using their own skills and equipment, to accomplish a common mission. This saw infantry conducting assaults with artillery, tanks, engineers, logistics and communication elements in support. Exercise DIAMOND SPRINT is 7th Brigade’s biggest exercise of the year apart from larger tri-service exercises like Talisman Sabre. Over 1200 ADF members from 7th Brigade and other supporting units took part in the Exercise.
03 Jun 2019
Soldiers from Australia, Philippines and the United States conducted trilateral urban operations training in Shoalwater Bay and Brisbane on Exercise Carabaroo in May 2019. The three week exercise centred on urban warfare and involved live fire static shooting and blank fire missions in urban operations training facilities to develop drills, enhance interoperability and increase lethality within the urban environment. Over 360 members from the United States Marine Rotation Force – Darwin, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Australian Army’s 8th/9th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment were involved in the exercise.
Exercise Diamond Sprint readies 7th Brigade
30 May 2019
Soldiers from 8th/9th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, conducted live fire platoon attacks during Exercise Diamond Sprint in May 2019. The scenarios saw infantry assault a fictional enemy with live fire support from protected mobility vehicles and engineers from 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment using explosives to breach obstacles. Diamond Sprint is a two week exercise for 7th Brigade units, which sees a progression of ground up training to ensure troops are brilliant at the basics, experts in their individual craft and skilled in supporting the team in a combined arms environment. Over 1200 Australian Defence Force members from 7th Brigade and other supporting units are taking part in the exercise.