Royal Australian Regiment

A digger with his dog and gun watch for the Viet Cong during Operation Paddington. Tiber, a Labrador tracker dog with the 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR), is on piquet duty with his personal handler, 43921 Lance Corporal Norman Leslie (Norm) Cameron of Kingston, SA.

”If you’ve got to do it, do it as well as you can and try and survive the experience. There always seems to be somebody trying to put lead in to you for some reason. They’ve got no sense of humor, the buggers.” 

- Glen Hasted (pictured) when asked what advice he would give his younger self about going to war. Hasted served with 5RAR in Nui Dat, Vietnam.


ExRIMPAC16 - Intergration Training

Photos by: CPL Matt Bickerton, and CPL David Said, Hawaii, USA.

Australian Army soldier Lance Corporal Joel Baron, Section 2IC, 1 Platoon, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), participates in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016, working closely with US Marines and other nations on a range of training activities at the United States Marine Corps Base on Kaneohe Bay from 29 June to 10 July 2016, before proceeding to the Big Island for live fire range activities.

Exercise RIMPAC is the world’s largest maritime exercise enhancing Australia’s relationship with the United States and contributing nations. It is aimed at strengthening international maritime partnerships, enhance interoperability and improve the readiness of participating forces for a wide range of potential operations.

The theme for RIMPAC 16 is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners” and provides a key opportunity for Australia’s Amphibious Force Landing Force to test their interoperability within the multinational amphibious readiness group.

This battle-damaged M16A1 rifle belonged to Captain Peter Williams, 161 Battery, Royal New Zealand Artillery (RNZA). The rifle was damaged when Williams was hit and killed by a mine/booby-trap on 14 February 1967, while acting as Artillery Forward Observer with 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR) in Vietnam.