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1RAR Governor-General Parade
18 May 2018
During Wednesday 16 May and Thursday 17 May 2018, 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR), in conjunction with the 1 RAR Association and the Townsville City Council conducted a series of ceremonial activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Fire Support Base Coral. The events were attended by The Governor General of Australia, His Excellency General the Hon. Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Governor of New South Wales His Excellency General the Hon. David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d)—both of whom are previous Commanding Officers of 1 RAR. On Wednesday 16 May a Ceremonial Parade was held to commemorate the battle with occasion also marking the presentation of new Regimental and Queens Colours to 1 RAR by The Governor General. On Thursday 17 May 2018 a Memorial Parade and Ceremony hosted by Major General Mark Kelly, AO, DSC (Ret’d), Colonel Commandant of the Royal Australian Infantry Corps, was conducted on Townsville Strand and the Cenotaph. Other commemorations included a Mayoral Reception at Jezzine Barracks on the evening of Tuesday 15 May, a gala formal dinner under the stars on the parade ground on the evening of 16 May, various reunions and concludes with a Battalion Open Day on Friday 18 May. Fifty years ago, beginning on 12 May 1968, Australian soldiers fought the Battle of Fire Support Patrol Base (FSPB) Coral. 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, supported by Gunners of the 102nd Field Battery and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) from A Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, held their ground and achieved their mission against all odds. Over five days 19 Australians were killed and 47 wounded in the action. In recognition of the bravery demonstrated by those who fought at FSPB Coral, the Battalion was awarded the Battle Honour ‘Coral Balmoral’. This Honour endures, emblazoned on the Battalion’s Regimental Colour.
School of Artillery
16 May 2018
Army Officers, upon graduation and after being allocated to a corps, are required to undertake a Regimental Officers Basic Course – an ROBC – which provides officers with the skills relating to their primary duties within their corps. The artillery ROBC sees officers training in how to deploy and control artillery weapons and personnel to support manoeuvre elements such as armour or infantry with direct and indirect fire. Indirect fire is when the target is beyond the line of sight of the artillery thus requiring a forward observer to sight the target and provide a grid reference and firing instructions to the personnel on the ‘gun line’ as they fire support missions. Highly accurate fire support can be obtained by the forward observers through the use of high powered binoculars, laser rangefinders and GPS equipment. Artillery ROBCs are undertaken at the School of Artillery (SOARTY) at Puckapunyal, Victoria.
New facilities at Campbell Barracks officially opened
14 May 2018
Australian Army special operations soldiers from the Special Air Service Regiment were joined by Senator the Honourable Marise Payne, Minister for Defence, who officially opened the new Campbell Barracks headquarters and operations precinct at Swanbourne, Perth, on Friday, 11 May 2018. Phase One of the $223.5 million Campbell Barracks Redevelopment Project is now complete and the new facilities includes the new Colonel Leonard Arthur Eyles Operations Precinct, Pilgrims Mess all-ranks dining facility and upgrades to the Trooper Jonathan Church Gymnasium. When all works are complete in 2019, SASR personnel will have the modern, flexible, purpose-built facilities and infrastructure needed to support the unit’s vital national mission for the next 20 years. Campbell Barracks has been the home of the Army’s Special Air Service since its inception in 1957, and the old facilities were no longer of a suitable standard. The Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) is an Australian Army special operations unit providing the Australian Government with unique capabilities in support of the national interest. The SASR is a direct command unit of the Australian Army’s Special Operations Command. The SASR motto is ‘Who Dares Wins’, which is borrowed from the British Special Air Service and credited to its founder, David Stirling.
Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting
10 May 2018
The Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM) 2018 was held over the period 14 April to 10 May 2018 at Puckapunyal Military Area, Victoria. AASAM is a combat-focused skill-at-arms competition, encompassing current in-service small-arms systems, competed at individual and unit levels. The purpose of AASAM is to improve Australian Defence Force operational capability through a rigorous, challenging and combat-focused skill-at-arms competition. Since 1984, AASAM has been Australia's premier military shooting tournament, with a growing reputation worldwide. It is now one of the world’s biggest military shooting competitions. This year the competition includes teams from Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, U.S. Marine Corps, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Canada, Cambodia, United Kingdom, Philippines, Brunei, Fiji, Thailand, Timor Leste, Tonga, and the United Arab Emirates. Irrespective of nationality, the common language is marksmanship. The competition is judged through a series of team and individual events encompassing day and night shooting as well as a bayonet assault course simulating close-quarter fighting, and deliberate shooting out to 450 metres. Snipers engage targets out to 1000 metres. Contestants fire pistol, rifle, sniper rifle and machine gun on the standard-issue weapons of their respective defence forces. AASAM identifies the best combat marksmen for selection in the Australian Army Combat Shooting Team (AACST) to represent the Australian Army at overseas international skill-at-arms competitions. While it is an Australian Army event, members of the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force may also compete in both team and individual events. The Champion Shot of the Army, Navy and Air Force is also decided at AASAM. The competition is designed to assess current in-service small-arms system capabilities, equipment and targetry, as well as analyse training in combat-shooting techniques, weapon-training doctrine and small-arms practices. The competition is primarily organised and staffed by Australian Army Reserve members who return each year to ensure the event remains a success.
Task Group Taji-VII Hospital Exercise
30 Apr 2018
The Task Group Taji-VII Health Company simulated medical emergencies to test its medical staff during a hospital exercise at Gallipoli Barracks in April ahead of the Task Group’s deployment to Iraq on Operation OKRA. The training involved Task Group Taji medics treating role-players, who had mock wounds and suffered from various conditions, inside a portable advanced emergency care facility to prepare them for their role on the operation. The Task Group Taji Health Company greatly enhances the Task Group’s ability to achieve its mission by ensuring that its soldiers and coalition partners have the best medical care available, if needed. Around 300 Australian and 100 New Zealand Defence Force personnel are part of Task Group Taji-VII and are deploying to Iraq to train the Iraqi Security Forces in their efforts to defeat the Daesh terrorist group.
Live fire exercise at Woomera Test Range
26 Apr 2018
During the period 14-20 April 2018, 110th Field Battery, 16th Air Land Regiment, conducted Exercise REMAGEN BRIDGE (Ex RB18) – an all arms air defence (AAAD) and advanced missile live fire exercise at Woomera Test Range, South Australia. The main effort was the inoculation of RBS-70 operators regarding the effects of firing the weapon system. The secondary efforts of the exercise were the familiarisation of AAAD practices and the development of tactical firing skills. The 16th Air Land Regiment mission is to defend deployed forces and critical assets from air- and surface-to-surface fires and provide command and control for joint air-land integration in order to support ADF operations.