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New Hawkei deploys to Middle East
14 Jan 2018
Two PMV-L Hawkei vehicles have arrived in the Middle East Region to conduct operational test and evaluation trials in Iraq. Soldiers from Task Group Taji 6 will utilise these vehicles throughout the trial period which will assess the sustainability of the vehicles. The vehicles were transported from Australia’s main operating base in the Middle East Region to Taji in Iraq on Royal Australian Air Force C-130J aircraft. Australian Defence Force members are deployed on Operation Accordion and support and sustain ADF operations in the Middle East region, enabling contingency operations and enhancing regional relationships.
Boxing Day in Afghanistan
26 Dec 2017
Australian personnel deployed to Afghanistan say thank you to everyone in Australia for the care packages that have been received. The Australian Defence Forces commitment to Afghanistan is known as Operation Highroad and is filled by personnel serving with Task Group Afghanistan. Australia continues to support the NATO-LED train, advise and assist mission called Resolute Support which has replaced the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force mission. Around 270 ADF members from the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Air Force and Defence civilians are deployed in Afghanistan as part of Operation Highroad.
Exercise Binh Ba culminating activity
06 Dec 2017
Staff Cadets from the Australian Army's Royal Military College - Duntroon, are in Whyalla, conducting a wide range of Stability Operations in fictional scenarios. The purpose of stability operations are to maintain or establish a secure environment, creating the conditions for the provision of essential government services, emergency infrastructure reconstruction and humanitarian relief. The training package is designed to introduce Staff Cadets to a changing battlespace, with numerous and unpredictable threats, all operating in and amongst local populations. The stability operations exercise will be conducted in Whyalla, South Australia between 11-22 Nov 2017.
Iraqi Army Rangers certification exercise
05 Dec 2017
The Iraqi Army Qwat Khasah (Special Forces) Battalion conducted two company-sized air mobile operations as part of the certification exercise held at Taji Military Complex. This exercise was the culmination of a qualification and training continuum delivered by the Training Task Unit of Task Group Taji Five to the Iraqi Army Rangers who form the Iraqi Army Qwat Khasah (Special Forces) Battalion. More than 300 Australian and 100 New Zealand military personnel are deployed to Iraq on Operation Okra as part of Task Group Taji Five. They are deployed to train members of the Iraqi Security Forces to defeat Daesh. The training provided by the Australian and New Zealand troops includes: the laws of armed conflict, weapons handling, first aid, vehicle checkpoints, explosive hazards awareness, building clearances and obstacle breaching techniques. Instruction is inclusive of tactics, techniques and procedures from squad through to company-level operations.