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All aboard: The US Marine Corps hitches a ride with Australian Black Hawks (above) and take to
Arriving in style: 3RAR drops in to Ex Hamel at Charters Towers in Queensland.
SOLDIERS involved in Ex Hamel 2010, the
major field training exercise for the year,
have already defused an intricate hostage
scenario without firing a shot.
The exercise, the first for the new Forcomd,
involves more than 6000 personnel from the
Army, Navy and Air Force as well as units of
the US Marine Corps and the New Zealand
It combines the troops in a variety of activi-
ties in the Townsville field training area and
the Tully training area until mid-November.
Exercise director Brig John Frewen said
Hamel 2010 would be "a highly demanding
and realistic training activity that will see 3
Bde well prepared to face any challenge on the
modern, complex battlefield".
One of the first exercise scenarios saw sol-
diers defusing the intricate hostage situation.
A senior exercise umpire, Lt-Col Wade
Stothart, said the scenario, and the exercise as
a whole, was directed at testing the men and
women of 3 Bde in difficult scenarios with a
large number of actors.
"It's designed to practise the Army in
foundation war-fighting skills," he said.
"While we have performed very well -- and
continue to perform very well -- on operations,
there are some capabilities and operations that
we need to train for and be very proficient in
that are not part of those operational tasks we
are undertaking around the world.
"That is [Ex Hamel's] aim."
In the exercise scenario at the Tully mil-
itary airfield, infantry soldiers from 2RAR
demonstrated their professionalism in an air-
mobile operation using Black Hawks from 5
The Australian soldiers were also supported
by a contingent of US marines.
The scenario involved the rescue of
Australian hostages from a group of stubborn
and armed militia, role-played by other ADF
After a tense stand-off, the release of the
hostages was successfully and peacefully
negotiated, and as if the complexity of the
scenarios were not enough, the exercise has
been undertaken through relentless tropical
Ex Hamel 2010 will continue until
More than 6000 Australian soldiers, US marines and New Zealan
kicked off Ex Hamel 2010 in north Queensland. Photos by Cpl H
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