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Australia Army breaks new ground in Tonga
23 Aug 2019
More than 100 soldiers from five nations have taken to the battlefield in Tongatapu for Phase 2 of the Tongan-led Exercise TAFAKULA. After joining for various training and engagement opportunities in Phase 1, soldiers faced a number of practical scenarios with the opportunity to work in multi-national teams. Forces included His Majesty’s Armed Forces of Tonga (HMAF), the New Zealand Defence Force, French Army New Caledonia, Nevada National Guard and United States Marine Corps. The Australian contingent of 14 soldiers and two officers have broken new ground as the first Australian Army personnel to participate in the biennial exercise.
Farewell to troops ahead of Middle East deployment
07 Aug 2019
More than 270 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel were farewelled at Robertson Barracks, Darwin, on August 1 ahead of their upcoming deployment to the Middle East Region. The ADF contingent is largely from the Australian Army’s 1st Brigade, and will deploy on a six-to-eight month rotation as part of Theatre Communications Group-9 and Force Protection Element-12. The Theatre Communications Group-9 contingent consists of about 100 ADF communications specialists who are responsible for the delivery of national command and welfare communications, and information systems that support deployed personnel. The Force Protection Element-12 contingent members will provide essential security and protected mobility support for ADF mentors and advisers who are working to support Australia’s contribution to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in the vicinity of Kabul, Afghanistan. There are more than 1000 ADF personnel currently deployed to the broader Middle East Region.
ADF conducts successful visit to Samoa
17 Jul 2019
The Australian Defence Force's Joint Task Force 637 deployed to Samoa on the 26th of June 2019 as part of a program designed to enhance Australia's engagement in the region. As part of this deployment, the Australian Army Band (AAB) participated in a joint performance in Apia alongside members of the Royal Samoa Police Band (RSPB). This signified the first time the bands had played together. The AAB took the opportunity to conduct music workshops with the Samoan musicians, sharing knowledge and developing skills together. Both Australian and Samoan musicians formed a strong bond that will continue in the future.
High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems live fire
09 Jul 2019
The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a light multiple rocket launcher. The live fire exercise at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area involved integration of a number of lethal and non-lethal capabilities, commanded and controlled by the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters. The live fire included US Army and US Marine Corps HIMARS, US Marine Corps F35B and US Army A-64 Apache helicopters. The live fire exercise was supported with US Marine Corps C-130 aircraft, Royal Australian Air Force P-8 Poseidon Maritime Surveillance Aircraft, the E-7 Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft, the Australian Army S-100 and the Royal Australian Navy Scan Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and Amphibious Pre-Landing Force operators from 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment.
ADF Aviation crew train Afghan Pilots
08 Jul 2019
Since February 2019, Australian advisors have been training and mentoring pilots and crew in the Afghan Air Force, to deliver decisive airpower operations with the UH60 Blackhawk helicopter. A team of ADF personnel, including aviation advisors and force protection, are embedded into the NATO-led, Train Advise Assist Command – Air (TAAC-Air) mission, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The goal of the TAAC-Air team is to build the Afghan capability to a point where they can perform all missions on their own, without any Coalition presence. Australia contributes about 300 Defence personnel to the train, advise and assist mission in Afghanistan.
Talisman Sabre 2019 Road Safety Message
07 Jul 2019
TS19 is a bilateral combined Australian and United States (US) training activity. Talisman Sabre is a major exercise reflecting the closeness of our alliance and strength of the enduring military relationship. TS19 will be the eighth iteration of the exercise and consists of a Field Training Exercise incorporating force preparation (logistic) activities, amphibious landings, land force manoeuvre, urban operations, air operations, maritime operations and Special Forces activities.