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Taji rotation IV health training
25 Oct 2016
Medical personnel from Task Group Taji IV practice their skills as they prepare deploy to Iraq. Their contribution is vital to the mission which includes medical training for Iraqi Security Forces while safeguarding the health and wellbeing of Australian and New Zealand personnel.
Exercise Chong Ju
21 Oct 2016
Exercise Chong Ju is an annual live-fire training exercise conducted at the Australian Army’s Combined Arms Training Centre at Puckapunyal training area in northern Victoria to showcase capabilities to Army’s next generation of combat leaders. Exercise Chong Ju 2016 included demonstrations from the M1A1 Abrams tank, ASLAV (Australian Light Armoured Vehicle), Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles, M113 armoured personnel carriers, 81mm mortars and M777 155mm howitzer artillery piece. Aerial support for the activity included FA/18 Hornet aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force. Exercise Chong Ju is named after a battle in North Korea in 1950, when the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, supported by tanks and artillery, attacked and captured a large North Korean defensive line during their northward advance to the Yalu River.
ADF assistance to NSW floods wraps up
17 Oct 2016
Australian Army soldiers have been thanked by the local Condobolin community for their support to regional NSW following major flooding in the area caused by heavy rainfall in September 2016. At the request of the NSW Government, through Emergency Management Australia, Defence provided assistance to local emergency services in the townships of Forces, Condobolin and the surrounding area with the deployment of vehicles and personnel. The soldiers supporting the flood response were drawn from elements within 5th Brigade, the 8th Brigade and the Joint Operations Support Staff (JOSS), including 5th Engineer Regiment, 5th Combat Service Support Battalion, 1st/19th Royal NSW Regiment, 1st/15th Royal NSW Lancers, 4th/3rd Royal NSW Regiment, 41st Royal NSW Regiment, 12th/16th Hunter River Lancers, 8th Combat Service Support Battalion and 8th Engineer Regiment located across the broader Sydney area, Canberra, Orange, Wagga, Dubbo, Bathurst, Tweed Heads, Lismore, Tamworth and Newcastle. They have provided six high-ground-clearance Unimog trucks as part of the effort, which have assisted emergency services with route reconnaissance, transport of personnel and sandbags and additional planning.
Army Innovation Day 2016
12 Oct 2016
Australian Army personnel were shown dozens of innovative new tools, equipment and enabling systems by various defence industry organisations during Army Innovation Day 2016 at the Australian Defence ForceAcademy in Canberra on Wednesday, 12 October 2016. Army Innovation Day 2016 saw 20 defence industry organisations demonstrate 24 innovative products – including autonomous vehicles, small unmanned aerial vehicles, counter-improvised threat systems, electronic weapons sights, 3D immersive displays and robotic exoskeletons – to senior Defence personnel, including Major General Fergus ‘Gus’ McLachlan, Head of Modernisation and Strategic Planning. Held for the third consecutive year, Army Innovation Day enables direct engagement between Army decision makers and industry to speed-up technology uptake. Over the past two years, Army has issued contracts to 13 companies that exhibited at Army Innovation Day, representing an investment of $100 million to improve Army capability.
Afghanistan National Army Officer Academy
11 Oct 2016
Australian personnel from Task Group Afghanistan deployed on Operation Highroad in the Middle East Region are mentoring the instructors of the Afghanistan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA) in training the ANA officer cadets. Australian Army Senior Non-Commissioned Officers and Officers are demonstrating by practical example the Australian way of developing future leaders of the ANA. They are also assisting with the training of the cadets, in all facets of leadership and military skills, including in the field, with manoeuvres like platoon attacks.