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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.
Iraqi Army School of Infantry has achieved significant milestone
21 Jun 2019
The Iraqi Army School of Infantry NCO II (SINCO II) has achieved a significant milestone in reaching Initial Operating Capability (IOC) ahead of schedule. IOC means SINCO II can conduct seventy five per cent of its operations without any coalition assistance. Based at the Taji Military Complex, 20 kilometres north of Baghdad, SINCO II is normally assisted by Task Group Taji, part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. SINCO II trains brigades from the Iraqi Army to secure and stabilise areas of Iraq liberated from Daesh. SINCO II does this by delivering an eight week training program, designed to enhance core infantry skills.
Task Group Taji build Urban Training facility
19 Jun 2019
Australian and New Zealand soldiers from Task Group Taji 8, with the assistance of instructors from the Iraqi Army School of Infantry NCO II (SINCO II), have built a new Modular Urban Training Facility at the Taji Military Complex, north of Baghdad. The new training facility, given to SINCO II by the Australian government, is made of hardened plastic bricks and will last much longer than the wooden facades they are replacing. The Australian, New Zealand led Task Group Taji is part of Combined Joint Task Force- Operation Inherent Resolve, the US led Coalition building the capacity of the Iraqi Security Forces. Task Group Taji supports SINCO II as it trains the Iraqi Security Forces to secure and stabilise areas of Iraq liberated from Daesh.