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Army November 12, 2009
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
A NEW $4.4 million training facility
at Townsville will improve the urban
combat skills of soldiers deploying
The Urban Operations Training
Facility (UOTF), opened on October
22, is located within the Townsville
Field Training Area (TFTA). It will
provide the ADF with a multi-dimen-
sional, reconfigurable and non-theatre-
specific training area.
SO1 Lavarack Barracks
Redevelopment Lt-Col John Hathaway
said the UOTF was constructed as a
flexible training environment for sol-
diers to practise urban combat skills.
“The facility consists of 150 ship-
ping containers on a three-hectare site,
which can be reconfigured to suit dif-
ferent scenarios within a built-up area
for individual training or for teams
working in co-ordination,” Lt-Col
Only blank ammunition will be
used at the site.
Before the facility’s construction,
soldiers trained for urban operations at
the Line Creek Junction facility (LCJ),
which is also located at the TFTA.
The LCJ site, modelled on a small
Australian town, was built from bricks
and mortar and is not mobile.
“The modular and reconfigurable
design of the UOTF provides more
avenues of approach for trainees and
is less tactically constrained,” Lt-Col
Hathaway said. “The LCJ facility will
continue to be utilised alongside the
new UOTF site.”
A number of objects at the facil-
ity will add to the realism of training.
“Old car bodies and old furniture from
RAAF Base Townsville and Lavarack
Barracks was placed around and within
the containers,” Lt-Col Hathaway said.
“Some signage was printed in
wingding format to create challenges
in language interpretation for trainees.”
3 Bde units will be the primary
users of the UOTF. Commander 3 Bde
Brig Stuart Smith said it would be “a
vital training facility for 3 Bde soldiers
and will enable us to remain smart,
tough and adaptable for our primary
role of being ready for contingency
The Urban Operations Training Facility is an
asset of DSG-NQ and can be used by units
after making a booking through the TASMIS
website on the DRN.
Commander Forcomd Maj-
Gen David Morrison, left,
and Commander 3 Bde
Brig Stuart Smith overlook
the new Urban Operations
Training Facility (above) at
the Townsville Field Training
Area. Old car bodies and
other equipment add realism
to the site (left).
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