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Australia and Brunei join forces in an urban training excercise
05 Dec 2019
Soldiers from the Australian Army’s 7th Brigade and Royal Brunei Land Forces are training together in South East Queensland during Exercise MALLEE BULL from 24 November – 7 December 2019. The exercise focuses on Australian and Brunei integration training in urban environments, on mechanised vehicles and with reconnaissance. This is the first time in over 10 years Exercise Mallee Bull is being held on Australian soil, with most recent iterations of the exercise taking place in Brunei. Exercise MALLEE BULL aims to build mutual respect, friendship and cooperation between the Australian Army and the Royal Brunei Land Forces.
Multinational Force and Observers handover in Egypt
04 Dec 2019
On the 1st of December 2019, Major General Simon Stuart completed his tenure as the Force Commander of the Multinational Force & Observers (MFO) at a ceremony in Sinai, Egypt. Major General Stuart took command of the MFO on the 1st of March 2017 and has now handed over command to Major General Evan Williams of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). The Multinational Force & Observers (MFO) is an independent international organisation, created by agreement between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Israel following the signing of the Treaty of Peace in 1979. Australia has a long association with the MFO and was one of the original contributing nations in March 1982. Australia currently provides a contingent of 27 Army, Navy and Air Force personnel to the MFO.
Enhancing engagement in Tonga
28 Nov 2019
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) contribution to enhanced engagement in the South West Pacific region has continued on the island of Tongatapu, Tonga. ADF personnel joined His Majesty’s Armed Forces of Tonga (HMAF) and local authorities to conduct a variety of activities with a focus on capability, education and training. Australia and Tonga have a strong relationship based on shared ideologies of security, peace and prosperity for all nations in the Pacific.
Task Group Taji marks significant capability milestone
27 Nov 2019
The Iraqi Army School of Infantry Non-Commissioned Officer II Academy (SINCO II) – formerly known as the Baghdad Fighting School – announced Final Operating Capability (FOC) during a ceremony at the Taji Military Complex on Tuesday 19 November 2019. This significant operational milestone meant SINCO II become the first Iraqi military training establishment to reach full operational capability under the coalition’s Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR). SINCO II has been under the Australian and New Zealand train-advise-assist mission since 2015. The announcement also marked the transition of Australian and New Zealand support from hands-on training teams to a School Mentoring Team. Task Group Taji 9 is mentoring the Iraqi Army as part of our Build Partner Capacity mission on Operation OKRA and Operation MANAWA. Operation OKRA is the Australian commitment to the US-led Operation Inherent Resolve, the military intervention against the terrorist group Daesh, while Operation MANAWA is the New Zealand commitment. Task Group Taji has trained more than 46,000 members of the Iraqi Security Forces and law enforcement agency personnel since 2015.
Exercise Wirra Jaya
26 Nov 2019
Australian Army soldiers from Darwin’s 1st Brigade are training with the Tentara Nasional Indonesia Army (TNI-AD) in Java as part of Exercise Wirra Jaya 2019 from 14 to 25 November. The annual bilateral exchange aims to foster cooperation and enhance interoperability between the neighbouring Armies with hosting duty rotated between Indonesia and Australia each year. The 2019 iteration is being conducted at Dodiklatpur in Asembagus, East Java–Indonesia’s premier live-fire field training facility that regularly hosts international exercises. The large training area will facilitate platoon-level blank and live-fire activities supported by the Australian Army Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle, which is deploying to Indonesia as part of the exercise for the first time. Led by the 5th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, the Australian contingent also includes 1st Combat Engineer Regiment engineers, 8th/12th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery personnel and a section of Military Police from 1st Military Police Battalion. The Australian soldiers will train alongside a mechanised battalion from the TNI-AD’s strategic reserve force known as Kostrad.
Final training activity for 21st Composite Brigade
21 Nov 2019
The Iraqi Army School of Infantry NCO II (SINCO II) conducted its culminating activity of the latest program of instruction with soldiers from the 21st Composite Brigade on Wednesday 13 November 2019. Held at one of the Taji Military Complex’s urban training facilities, the Iraqi soldiers cleared fictitious enemy from three buildings as part of Exercise TALON STRIKE. Exercise TALON STRIKE was the final culminating activity held under direct observation of Australian and New Zealand advisers after nine rotations of Task Group Taji. SINCO II announced full operational capability on 19 November 2019, which marked the transition of Australian and New Zealand support from hands-on training teams to a School Mentoring Team. Task Group Taji 9 is mentoring the Iraqi Army as part of our Build Partner Capacity mission on Operation OKRA and Operation MANAWA. Operation OKRA is the Australian commitment to the US-led Operation Inherent Resolve, the military intervention against the terrorist group Daesh, while Operation MANAWA is the New Zealand commitment. Task Group Taji has trained more than 46,000 members of the Iraqi Security Forces and law enforcement agency personnel since 2015.