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Firepower capabilities were on display as units from 3 Bde took to To
a combined arms training activity.
Photos and report: LCpl Mark Doran
ACONCENTRATION of 3 Bde units with
supporting Army and RAAF elements
conducted adaptive campaign training at
the Townsville Field Training Area from
August 29 to September 21.
The aim of the Combined Arms Training Activity
(CATA 10) was to practise the planning and execution
of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in preparation for contin-
gency operations and Exercise Hamel.
Highlights of the exercise included an airborne
insertion by 3RAR, live-fire assaults by combat teams
from 2RAR and 3RAR and a firepower demonstration
using all assets available to the brigade.
CO 3RAR Lt-Col Trent Scott said CATA 10 was
an excellent opportunity for Battle Group Kapyong
to confirm their collective training skills in blank and
live-fire exercise scenarios.
"The live-fire component of the combined-arms
activity was outstanding and fully tested all of the sol-
diers in their ability to command, control and execute
combined arms on the battlefield," Lt-Col Scott said.
"It was challenging and raised the standards of the
Comd 3 Bde Brig Stuart Smith said CATA 10 was
a challenging and complex exercise, which took all of
the brigade's soldiers across the different lines of adap-
"They had to deal with the protection and support
of a civilian population and then move to joint land
combat against an aggressive and adaptable threat
force," Brig Smith said.
"I am also particularly grateful for the assistance
we received from other parts of the ADF.
"The RAAF provided close-air support and strate-
gic lift and 5 Avn Regt provided us with vital helicop-
ter support for the exercise, and all of our training was
underwritten by support from 17CSS Bde who assisted
with logistics. For our reset and reintegration year as a
brigade following operational commitments last year --
we are now ready to go on Exercise Hamel."
Some of the Army's most advanced weapon sys-
tems were displayed in a firepower demonstration dur-
ing the activity.
A combined-arms battle group engaged targets by
day and night with mortars, artillery, cavalry, helicop-
ters and RAAF fighter aircraft at the Townsville Field
Training Area on September 9.
Combat Team Bravo 2RAR manned the defensive
position for the display and was supported by B Sqn
3/4 Cav Regt in protected mobility vehicles.
Brig Smith said the soldiers demonstrated the
weapons to paint a picture of the way battles may be
"Combined arms is about mutual support -- air
supporting ground forces, aviation supporting combat
forces and armour, cavalry and artillery combining
with infantry to fight the land battle," Brig Smith said.
"All this is underpinned by a strong combat services
support element, in particular, to preserve our force
with casualty evacuation.
"There is one lesson that I would like the soldiers to
take back and that is the lesson of mutual support."
Artillery support was provided by 4 Fd Regt and a
Chinook from 5 Avn Regt was used to display rotary
Javelin missiles successfully destroyed targets more
than 2km away and one was fired as night fell, which
gave a spectacular display of light and sound when
combined with the effects from tracer rounds and illu-
LCpl Dirk Thompson, Combat Team Bravo, said
the company had been working closely with engineers
from 3CER as well as gunners from 4 Fd Regt.
On the move: Pte Joshua Phillips, 2RA
Bird's eye view: A Chinook flies past the firepower demonstration during 3 Bde's combined arms training activity at the Townsville Field Training Area.
Bombs away: Bombs from a RAAF Hornet hit the target in a fire power demonstration
(above) as Gnr Leigh Farrow, 4 Fd Regt, checks the dial sight of the 105mm Howitzer at
the fire power demonstration (below).
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