Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting 2017

The Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM) 2017 gave 18 countries a chance to put years of combat shooting training to the test. The Australian Army competition expanded this year with new ranges and exhausting challenges. The shared lessons can save lives on operations. With around 200 soldiers and senior officers the event also builds lasting relationships between militaries and nations around the world.

HMAS Choules offloading troops and equipment

HMAS Choules offloading troops and equipment. Amphibious ship HMAS Choules has arrived in the vicinity of the Keppel Islands to commence the offload of troops, vehicles and equipment to Yeppoon, Central Queensland. More than 850 tonnes of heavy equipment and disaster relief stores are bound for Rockhampton to assist the Queensland government and local authorities in flood relief operations, if and when requested. HMAS Choules will offload elements of the Australian Army’s 6th Engineer Support Regiment and supporting units including transport, medical and communications via LCM8 Landing craft from 35th Water Transport Squadron.

Avalon Air Show Plan Jericho 360 tour

Get ready to be transported to the Australian International Airshow with our Plan Jericho 360.

First EA-18G Growler arrives at Avalon

TOUCHDOWN! Our first EA-18G Growler arrived at the Australian International Airshow today. This new electronic.

Avalon Air Show 2017

The Australian Defence Force is proud to be part of the 2017 Australian International Airshow,.

Combat Shooting Course December 2016

Earlier this month some soldiers and officers conducted advanced combat shooting serials at Majura, ACT.
Please note: Non-lethal training ammunition and pyrotechnics were used during this exercise to simulate a combat environment. The appropriate safety measures were in place, and no individuals were injured or harmed during the exercise.

Christmas Message 2016

Our men and women wish you happy holidays wherever you are in the world.

Exercise Pandaroo 2016

Soldiers from the Australian Army and the People’s Liberation Army of China have completed 10 days of adventurous training in New South Wales as part of Exercise Pandaroo 2016, 14-23 September. The exercise is designed to build teamwork, friendship and trust between the two nations through a series of challenging activities in difficult environments requiring close teamwork amongst participants. Having come straight onto the exercise after two weeks of survival training in the Northern Territory outback as part of Exercise Kowari 2016, the participants faced the adventure training with newfound friendships forged through their recent shared adversity. The soldiers took part in white-water kayaking, caving and mountain-bike riding before helping one another face their fears during an over-water Tyrolean traverse above the raging waters of Jervis Bay. Exercise Pandaroo is a bilateral training exercise involving 10 participants from each country and is aimed to enhance multi-national relationships and marks an important milestone in defence cooperation.

Developing resilience in Army recruits

Recruits from our Army Preconditioning Program have been building resilience through adventurous training, building behavioural skills that will help them as soldiers.

Exercise Kowari 2016 – Crocodile Relocation

Exercise Kowari participants helped local authorities capture a 4.3 metre estuarine crocodile in the Northern Territory outback while on the military survival activity in August 2016. Members of the Australian Army, People’s Liberation Army, US Army and US Marines worked together to lift the 600-800 kilogram reptile onto a trailer after it was first tranquilised and secured by Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife rangers. The crocodile was caught in a waterhole trap just 50 metres from the participants camp, a day prior to them arriving. Exercise Kowari is a trilateral military survival exercise involving Australian, Chinese and United States personnel that aims to demonstrate cooperation and trust between the three nations. Exercise Kowari participants helped local authorities capture a 4.3 metre estuarine crocodile in the Northern Territory outback while on the military survival activity in August 2016. Members of the Australian Army, People’s Liberation Army, US Army and US Marines worked together to lift the 600-800 kilogram reptile onto a trailer after it was first tranquilised and secured by Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife rangers. The crocodile was caught in a waterhole trap just 50 metres from the participants camp, a day prior to them arriving. Exercise Kowari is a trilateral military survival exercise involving Australian, Chinese and United States personnel that aims to demonstrate cooperation and trust between the three nations.

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