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1st Armoured Regiment Cambrai Parade
22 Nov 2017
Australian Army soldiers from 1st Armoured Regiment held a parade at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia, on 20 November 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Cambrai. The parade featured 1st Armoured Regiment soldiers and armoured vehicles, including tanks, light armoured vehicles and armoured personnel carriers. The parade also provided an opportunity to celebrate the Regiment's arrival to South Australia, having recenty relocated from their 22-year home at Robertson Barracks in Darwin. The Battle of Cambrai, fought between 20 November and 7 December 1917, was the first battle in history involving the use of tanks en masse. Each year Commonwealth and allied armoured regiments around the world commemorate this momentous battle now known as Cambrai Day.
Heavy Weapons course run by Task Group Taji
21 Nov 2017
Selected trainees from the Iraqi Ranger Battalion recently conducted their final assessment on heavy weapons systems including the 50. Calibre Heavy Machine Gun, 61mm Mortar and the 40mm GLA as part of the Heavy Weapons course run by Task Group Taji. Defence Force personnel from Australia and New Zealand are training members of the Iraqi Security Forces to defeat the Daesh terrorist group. They are deployed on active service to Iraq as part of Task Group Taji 5. The training 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 for use in the fight against Daesh.
Stability Operations training for Staff Cadets
20 Nov 2017
Staff Cadets from Royal Military College, first class 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.
Urban Combat Skills provided to Philippine Army
13 Nov 2017
Operation AUGURY is the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the Whole-of-Australian-Government effort to counter terrorism and violent extremism in the domestic, regional and global context. Joint Task Group 629’s mission recognises that the Armed Forces of the Philippines already has significant counter terrorism and counter violent extremism capabilities, so the training being delivered by the ADF is designed to enhance the capabilities of Filipino soldiers to fight in urban environments.
Exercise Diamond Run Live Fire
07 Nov 2017
Troops from 8/9 Royal Australian Regiment conduct a live fire exercise at Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Ex Diamond Run 2017. The live and dry fires form part of the tough training 8/9 RAR is being put through in the lead up to 2018. Next year, 8/9 RAR will form a crucial part of the Army's Ready Brigade, 7th Combat Brigade based in Brisbane. Ex Diamond Run involves over 1600 soldiers and runs until the 8th of November.