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Army September 29, 2011
By Cpl Melanie Schinkel
throughout the Mt Bundey Training
Area (MBTA) as 1 Bde demon-
strated the combined firepower of
8/12 Regt, 1 Armd Regt and 2 Cav
Regt for the CA's Advisory Group
on September 2.
US marines and Singapore Armed
Forces personnel, in Darwin for exer-
cises Gold Eagle and Matilda, looked
on as about 30 Australians conducted
the live-fire activity with two Abrams
and four ASLAVs.
OIC of the practice WO2 Rob
Lewis, 1 Armd Regt, explained the
"Essentially, today was about the
three arms corps practising the pas-
sage of lines and handover of targets. It
involved a cavalry screening forward,
bumping into the advanced reconnais-
sance elements and engaging them,"
WO2 Lewis said.
"The cavalry then went up against
the heavy armour, which was their call
to withdraw into another fire position.
Covering their withdrawal was 8/12
Regt's gun battery with two tanks to
clear out any heavy armour the artillery
had missed or simply couldn't engage.
"Eventually, the cavalry screen
pulled back to another position
and continued to engage the rest of
the reconnaissance. Once the heavy
armour came in, they used it as support
to withdraw back to their main fire
He said personnel safety was
the biggest concern during the live-
Show of force
"The soldiers have to be extremely
careful when drawing back because
the armoured vehicles are in front of
each other to provide live-fire support.
They just have to make sure they're
outside the required safety angles so
they don't accidentally fire on each
other -- basically just getting into the
right positions and doing the correct
Commander 1 Bde Brig Gus
McLachlan attended the demonstration
and said the numerous exercises which
occurred within the MBTA throughout
August and September were designed
to develop 1 Bde's foundation war-
"The Brigade is just coming out
of reset, so it is Army's next brigade
to get ready for deployment," Brig
"Our personnel will begin deploy-
ing on operations in Afghanistan in
November next year.
"The brigade has stepped across
the start line to get ready again and
begun its journey towards Exercise
Big bang: A 1 Armd Regt Abrams fires on targets during the 1 Bde live-fire demonstration at the Mt Bundey Training Area, while a 2 Cav Regt ASLAV
(inset) manoeuvres through the red dust.
Photos by LS Andrew Dakin
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