Home' Army News : December 9th 2010 Contents 24 TRAINING
Army December 9, 2010
By Maj John Liston
THE objective was authenticity and that's
just what 60 Western Australian troopers
Soldiers conducted an intensive exercise
that incorporated all the urban operations
aspects of light cavalry scout training into
Tpr Shaun Toutountzis said the training
covered all bases.
"It was a test of all our skills, -- close tar-
get reconnaissance, OPs, following-up caches
and setting up a cordon around a village," Tpr
Shaun Toutountzis said.
"It was a totally coordinated effort for the
The tough training placed greater demands
on the participants from A Sqn 10LHR.
Tpr Rob Lynn said the training was
"The operational tempo was continuous;
we were faced with fatigue, stress and time
constraints from when we started," Tpr Lynn
"This created the need for continuous bat-
tle procedure to prepare yourself and your
equipment for what came next."
New tasks followed the results of previous
"You received one warning order after
another. It was constant missions one after the
other," Tpr Toutountzis said.
OC A Sqn 10LHR Maj Geoff Craggs
said the scenario covered the essential tasks
required for peace-support situations, with the
enemy scenario based on experience gained
from current operations.
"Our patrols were tasked to confirm the
presence of high-value individuals who had
infiltrated a village and used it as a base for
bomb and drug production," Maj Craggs said.
"The information they gained from the
close target reconnaissance triggered subse-
quent tasks such as a cordon and search."
The realism injected into the exercise
through the scenario and the environment,
focused the soldiers' efforts on the importance
of their tasks.
The cavalrymen encountered a civilian
population dressed in culturally unfamiliar
clothing and a threat force equipped with
weapons from the former Soviet Bloc.
"We felt we faced a real enemy," Tpr
Toutountzis said. "We observed their move-
ment, drills, discipline, morale and routine and
we felt the intelligence we gathered was for a
The exercise also developed battlefield
command and control.
"Whilst the sabre troops were carrying
out their tasks, squadron headquarters was
busy analysing the information being reported
and planning to react to it appropriately. This
allowed the exercise to flow constantly," Maj
And the diggers on the ground appreciated
the planning and resources that created the
tough and demanding training.
"This is one of the most well-planned and
realistic scenarios I have taken part in," Tpr
in urban ops
Test of skills: Under the cover of smoke,
troopers from A Sqn 10LHR enter a compound
during a cordon-and-search operation (above)
as Cpl Jim Hocking clears captured enemy
Photos by Maj John Liston
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