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Army September 3, 2009
By Cpl Corinne Boer
A DEMANDING training schedule
lies ahead for 8/9RAR soldiers to
prepare them for 7 Bde’s opera-
tional rotation in 2010.
Exercise Minh Dam is being
held at Townsville from August 24-
The aim of the exercise is to prac-
tise and evaluate the soldiers’ ability
to prepare, plan and conduct joint-
offensive operations while utilising
combined arms in an offshore envi-
CO 8/9 RAR Lt-Col Simon Stuart
said the unit would operate in a con-
temporary-threat environment and
respond to complex ambushes, coun -
ter-recon engagements and conduct
deliberate company assaults.
The battle group, complete with
embedded engineers from 2CER, will
establish a mounting base and seize
an airfield before conducting motor-
ised live-fire battle runs.
In addition, the exercise will
integrate the use of mortars, snipers,
recon, direct fire support weapons and
OC MS Coy Maj Tim Warner said
the live-fire exercise would demon-
strate that the battalion has completed
a stage in its development.
“Our Stage 6 live-fire exercise rep-
resents a significant milestone for the
2012 motorised battalion and the end
of the current phase of the battalion’s
growth,” Maj Warner said.
In two years since 8/9RAR was
re-raised as a motorised battalion it
has grown from a tentative beginning
to become a highly deployable infan-
The unit has 612 members com-
prising a battalion headquarters, a
fully motorised 2012 infantry com-
pany, a 2012 light-infantry company
(awaiting delivery of Bushmaster), a
manoeuvre support company and a
combat service support company.
SOLDIERS from B Coy 8/9RAR will start an inten-
sive jungle training course at Tully from October
OC Jungle Training Maj Warrick Talbot said the
course would be physically and mentally strenuous.
“Comments we get from soldiers is that it’s some
of the hardest work they have ever done, even those that
have deployed in East Timor and Afghanistan,” he said.
The training at Tully is different from an MRE. Maj
Talbot said while soldiers may have hot meals and show-
ers during an MRE this was rarely the case in Tully.
“Our ethos is if an organisation can operate effec-
tively in Tully then they can transition or adapt from that
foundation and operate effectively in any environment.
“It aims to stop them being individuals and forces
them to rely on each other.”
8/9RAR gearing up
Skills to be tested
in jungle training
Concealment: Snipers with the
All set: Soldiers at Enoggera close training area prepare for Ex Minh Dam.
Photos supplied by 8/9RAR
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