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HMAS Parramatta traveled to Thailand in March 2013 to conduct Exercise AUSTHAI 2013 with the Royal Thai Navy’s HTM Ships Rattanakosin and Phutthayotfa Chulalok. The three ships were joined by two maritime patrol aircraft: an AP3-C Orion from the Royal Australian Air Force, and a Royal Thai Navy Dornier 228.

The primary aim of Exercise AUSTHAI 13, held in the Gulf of Thailand, was to practice maritime warfare skills and to strengthen naval interoperability, including through the application of maritime patrol aircraft. During the exercise, Parramatta and her Thai counterparts practiced gunnery exercises collectively known as ‘maritime interdiction’; and the Australian crew also demonstrated the Royal Australian Navy’s fire fighting and damage control techniques.

The exercise had a heavy focus on the conduct of maritime boarding operations, allowing participants to hone boarding skills and discuss mutual lessons learned from deployments to the Middle East. The exercise also allowed personnel from both navies to conduct at-sea exchanges between vessels. AUSTHAI 13 was the seventh iteration of the biennial exercise. (Source: defence.gov.au)

 

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A day in the life of a recruit at Kapooka

Australian Army recruits complete soldier training at the Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga, before becoming full-time soldiers. The 80-day recruit course is physically challenging and mentally demanding. Over this period, recruits progress through increasing levels of physical and mental challenges, learning the basics of soldiering including the use of infantry weapons, navigation, communications, drill, military ethos and leadership.

The training centre’s mission is to develop and deliver quality recruit training in order to produce exceptional Australian soldiers. Before ‘marching out’ to commence their initial employment training and career in the Australian Army, recruits must adapt and be comfortable in uncertain, volatile, complex and ambiguous situations to help them succeed on the battlefield. While challenging, training is designed to prepare recruits to serve their country and uphold the Australian Army values – courage, initiative, respect and teamwork.

1JPAU at work : Photography by CPL Jake Sims

TIMOR SEA (July 9, 2015) An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as part of Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise that provides an invaluable opportunity for nearly 30,000 U.S. and Australian defense forces to conduct operations in a combined, joint and interagency environment that will increase both countries’ ability to plan and execute a full range of operations from combat missions to humanitarian assistance efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro/Released)

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Marines with Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, conducting a live-fire range movement at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 10, 2016, during Exercise Koolendong. Koolendong is an amphibious and live-fire exercise designed to increase interoperability between the U.S. Marine Corps and Australian Defense Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Anderson)

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3 BDE CATA and Exercise Southern Jackeroo 2015

The Brigade has recently completed this years Combined Arms Training Activity (CATA), which is the 3 BDE’s annual principle foundation war fighting exercise. It is designed to develop, confirm, and evaluate the foundation war fighting skills of 3 BDE and to maintain the high standards and professionalism expected of 3 BDE soldiers.

This year, the 3 BDE CATA was held in conjunction with Exercise Southern Jackaroo 15 (EXSJ15), which is a tri-lateral training event. EX SJ15 will involve military assets from 3 BDE units along with international engagement from the United Sates Army Pacific (USAPAC), United Sates Marine Corps (USMC) and the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF).

The Exercise was an excellent success. It enabled the Brigade to train in Combined arms as a formed Combat Brigade.

From the Brigade Commander:

“3 BDE is at the forefront of force modernisation programs that will transform both Army and the Australian Defence Force into far more potent, versatile and relevant military forces. 3 BDE has seen the arrival of 2 CAV and will soon have tanks, 3 BDE is a Combat Brigade. Combined arms capability is the hub of a Combat Brigade. CATA brings these skills to practice and hones the capability of this BDE.”

“The ability to work with regional and coalition partners is essential for the modern military operating environment and Exercise Southern Jackeroo is an excellent opportunity for Army’s 3rd Brigade and more specifically the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian regiment to gain exposure to and understand how different militaries operate.”

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Breakfast Special: Afterburner Deluxe.

[1] Sailors signal the pilot of an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the “Diamondbacks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 102 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) as part of Talisman Sabre 2015.

[2] An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Royal Maces” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27 launches from the flight deck.

[3] An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 launches from the flight deck.

Talisman Sabre is a biennial exercise that provides an invaluable opportunity for nearly 30,000 U.S. and Australian defense forces to conduct operations in a combined, joint and interagency environment that will increase both countries’ ability to plan and execute a full range of operations from combat missions to humanitarian assistance efforts. 

(U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro, 9 JUL 2015.)

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The force is strong in this one.

Members of Australia’s Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) provide security during a training validation exercise for Provincial Response Company - Uruzgan (PRC-U) in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan. SOTG have worked with PRC- U special police officers since 2005 and will soon turn over operations in Uruzgan province.

(Photos by Sgt. Jessi Ann McCormick, 27 APR 2013.)

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A video made by a fellow Norwich cadet and Vermont National Guardsman, from a speech by Lieutenant General David Morrison, Chief of Army, Australian Army.  It may seem idealistic, but it struck me as very important.

Leading Aircraftwoman Beau Richards from No.322 Expeditionary Combat Support Squadron RAAF Base Tindal, practice for different scenarios (using blank ammunition), to defend the airfield during enemy attack at Benning Field during “Exercise Precision support 11-2”.

From November 23 until December 10, the Air Force employed Exercises Precision Red 11-2 and Precision Support 11-2 to practice how it uses transport aircraft and airfield services in a deployed setting. It involved two Air Force C-130J Hercules and a C-17A Globemaster flying from RAAF Base Townsville to airfields in Shoalwater Bay and Townsville Field Training Areas. The exercises provided valuable preparation for crews preparing to deploy to the Middle East Area of Operations.

(Photo by Corporal David Gibbs, date unknown.)

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Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Sunset ceremony.

HMAS Success’ Guard perform a Ceremonial Sunset for guests attending the Australian Reception for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. About 400 guests attended, including representatives from foreign military services and Australian and foreign Governments.

RIMPAC is a biennial military training exercise conducted to strengthen international maritime partnerships, enhance interoperability and improve the readiness of participating forces for a wide range of potential operations. The Australian Defence Force took part in Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2014 (RIMPAC) between June 26 and Aug. 1, 2014.

(Royal Australian Navy photos by Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Paul Berry, 29 JUN 2014. 140629-O-ZZ999-012-AU1)

Australian Army Lance Corporal Todd John Chidgey. 1 JUL 2014.

Died in Kabul, Afghanistan of wounds sustained from small arms fire in a non-hostile incident. Chidgey was assigned to the 2nd Commando Regiment, Royal Australian Regiment and was serving as part of the Protective Security Detachment at the Australian Defence Force Headquarters in Kabul.

Sapper James Kerr from Mentoring Task Force - Three, scans the riverbank for any signs of danger during a patrol near Wali in the Mirabad Valley. Mentoring Task Force - Three (MTF-3) is based on 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, from the Townsville based 3 Brigade.

MTF-3 is a flexible, task organised element purposely designed to combine the strengths of infantry, cavalry, combat engineers, combat service support and other specialist trades to support the Afghan National Army 4th Brigade in a dynamic and challenging area of operations. Working as part of Combined Team – Uruzgan allows Australian troops to draw on a range of support options provided by the International Security Assistance Force. This includes fixed and rotary-wing close air support, artillery support, dedicated casualty evacuation helicopters and an expansive net of linked intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets.

(Photo by Corporal Raymond Vance, 17 January 2012.)

With your shield, or on it.

The Bearer Parties carry the casket of Corporal Luke Gavin at the commencement of the ramp ceremony to on arrival to RAAF base Amberley.

Captain Bryce Duffy, Corporal Ashley Birt and Lance Corporal Luke Gavin were received by their family and colleagues from the 4th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, 1st Topographical Survey Squadron, and 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment during a ramp ceremony held at the RAAF Base Amberley.

(Photo by LS Andrew Dakin, 14 January 2012.)