Soldiers Conduct Live Fire Training

16-Mar-2017 1:58 PM

About 200 soldiers from Darwin and Adelaide's 1st Brigade are conducting a high intensity realistic live fire exercise in Cultana Training Area near Port Augusta from 7-19 March 2017.

The exercise involves soldiers conducting activities such as indirect fire practices including a danger close fire mission, small arms practices, and high explosive range packages.

Commanding Officer 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Graham said this exercise was the first high level combined arms exercise for the soldiers of the 1st Brigade in 2017.

"What we're doing here is combining the training between Infantry, Engineers and Artillery elements and working towards the integration of all those different elements".

Lieutenant Colonel Graham said that the training at this particular time is very important because it reinforces core skills and core roles, and establishes how best to operate together.

"As we are the online Brigade, we are on a shorter notice to deploy to any emergency or contingency the Government identifies, so it's important that we're at a higher state of training and ready to react as required," he said.

This live fire exercise has involved members from Darwin based 8/12th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery and the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment; and the Adelaide based 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

Media note:
Imagery will be available at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20170471

Media contacts:
Captain Dean Muller, 1st Brigade Public Affairs Officer, 0422 658 566
Simone Liebelt, Regional Manager Public Affairs SA, 0417 887 040

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