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Army takes to South Australia with Exercise Thura Yura 2019
07 Nov 2019
Soldiers and officers of the 7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment have been joined by about 30 indigenous youths for three weeks of Adventure Training in South Australia. Kayaking, abseiling and a navigation activity with traditional owners to learn about customs and stories of the land, lie in store for those participating in the annual regional community engagement exercise named Exercise Thura Yura. Exercise Thura Yura was first piloted in Port Lincoln in November last year with great success and for 2019 has grown to include the communities of Ceduna and Whyalla. The commencement of the exercise will be marked with a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony followed by lessons in Aboriginal customs and traditions delivered by community elders. The exercise will see a different company of 7RAR soldiers partnered with a local indigenous youth group each week between 4 to 23 November.
Operation Render Safe 2019 starts with a disaster relief forum
06 Nov 2019
The Australian Defence Force and National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) took part in a Table Top Exercise in Honiara, Solomon Islands, to further develop the NDMO’s Standard Operating Procedures when reacting to natural disasters. The exercise was held from 23 – 25 OCT, just as HMAS Adelaide arrived for Operation Render Safe 2019. Upon Adelaide’s arrival, NDMO participants toured the amphibious ship to get a sense of the Australian Defence Force’s Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief capabilities. Operation Render Safe 2019 is a joint Australian and New Zealand Defence Force effort working with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, disposing of unexploded and abandoned Second World War explosives. The ship is supporting personnel as they undertake clearance and disposal activities around Vella Lavella Island, Ghizo, Kolombangara Island, Vonavona Island and north-west New Georgia Island.
Safe disposal of WWII explosives in the Solomon Islands
05 Nov 2019
Operation RENDER SAFE 2019 is a joint Australian and New Zealand Defence Force effort working with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, disposing of unexploded and abandoned Second World War explosives. For the first time, Adelaide, one of Australia’s Landing Helicopter Dock amphibious ships, supported the operation. The ship supported personnel as they undertake clearance and disposal activities around Vella Lavella Island, Ghizo, Kolombangara Island, Vonavona Island and north-west New Georgia Island.
Optionally crewed combat vehicle testing
01 Nov 2019
Two autonomous Australian Army M113 AS4 armoured vehicles conducted fire and manoeuvre training demonstrations alongside crewed vehicles, UAS and ground robots to Department of Defence senior leadership at the Majura Training Area, ACT, on Thursday 31 October 2019. The demonstration showcased the potential for robotic and autonomous systems to enhance Army’s capabilities on operations.
Australian Army Drone Racing Team
24 Oct 2019
Drone Racers from the Australian Army Drone Racing Team competed in the Drone Racing National Championships at Phillip Oval, Canberra, over a three-day event from 18 to 20 November 2019. The national event is in its fourth year and is continually growing in popularity and attendance by both competitors and spectators. Nearly one hundred drone racers from Australia and New Zealand battled it out for the title of Australian National Champion as well as various freestyle and team events. In addition to the competition, the Army Drone Racing Team participated in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) School Day Out for local Canberra students to see and experience the fun and excitement of drone racing, virtual reality and unmanned aerial technologies. Drone racing is an authorised and encouraged adaptive sport in the Australian Army. The Army Drone Racing Team continues to be involved in activities both within and outside of Defence to promote and encourage involvement in the sport.
Forces Entertainment Tour crash the Taji Military Complex
22 Oct 2019
In October 2019, comedians and musicians toured the Middle East Region as part of the Forces Entertainment Tour Program. During a weeklong tour, comedians Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann, Chris Ryan, Cam Knight and Adam Rozenbachs delivered laughs to deployed personnel supported by Adelaide based rock act the Babes, and country duo Paul Costa and Barbara Baillie. The Forces Entertainment Tour conducted a number of performances for Defence personnel deployed at ADF operating bases throughout the Middle East Region.