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By Sgt Dave Morley
TOWNSVILLE-based soldiers from
35 Water Tpt Sqn's 35 Amphibious
Support Troop (35AST) had a rare
opportunity to work alongside the
Navy in a joint capacity in Sydney
Harbour last month.
The troop was tasked with sup-
porting HMAS Tobruk to re-certify its
amphibious capability after almost a
year without going to sea.
Troop commander Lt Jonas Price,
said his troop provided two LCM8s,
two LARCVs and 17 members for the
"The two LCM8s departed on
a 12-day journey from Townsville to
Sydney -- it was the longest cog the
Townsville-based boats have had for
many years," he said.
"We also sent two LARCVs down
via road to HMAS Penguin where they
were met by the operators and swum
through Sydney Harbour to Garden
Island to marry up with Tobruk."
The two LCM8s later sailed inde-
pendently to Jervis Bay and linked up
with HMAS Tobruk at sea.
Lt Price said although the squadron
was well versed in working with Navy,
this was the first opportunity for some of
the junior soldiers to work with a ship.
"It has been an eye-opening experi-
ence for them," he said.
"There have been many new skills to
learn in working alongside the Navy in
a joint capacity.
"We hope to continue this training
as the amphibious role increases across
Defence and this will help set us up in
the future to conduct joint amphibious
The members had an opportunity to
visit the old 35 Water Tpt Sqn location
at Woolwich and the previous site of
ALTC Maritime Wing at Chowder Bay.
Finding their sea legs
Easy does it: Pte Joshua Pinn, 35AST, guides an LCM8 in to dock with HMAS Tobruk in Sydney Harbour.
Sight seeing: Personnel from 35AST work with the Navy in one of the world's
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