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Army July 19, 2012
TROOPS from 1RAR are train-
ing in the realistic and challenging
environment of Hawaii, made to
seem like Afghanistan through dis-
tinctive smells and sounds during
exercise Rim of the Pacific.
More than 150 Townsville-based
1RAR soldiers kicked down doors
and secured buildings as part of
an 1100-strong Australian Army,
Navy and Air Force contingent that
stormed the Pacific paradise on
RIMPAC is the world's largest
multilateral live-fire maritime train-
ing exercise. There are 22 partici-
pating nations including Australia,
Canada, France and Russia.
The US-sponsored exercise aims
to enhance the interoperability of
the combined forces and involves
warfighting exercises, humanitarian
assistance, disaster relief and mari-
time security operations.
RIMPAC 12 has brought together
25,000 sailors, soldiers and airmen for
five weeks participating in a series of
complex and realistic warlike scenari-
Say aloha to Hawaii
Australian soldiers storm the tropical paradise for exercise RIMPAC 12 alongside troops from 21 other nations
too large and
one nation to
-- Cmdr Stuart Mayer, head of
Australian forces on RIMPAC 12
os and, for the first time in the history
of RIMPAC, Australia will lead the
Troops from A Coy, 1RAR, are
working with the 1st Battalion, 3rd
Marines and engineers from 3CER
and 4 Regt, RAA are supporting
the infantry along with medical
The soldiers are training in urban
operations at the Marine Corps
Training Area Bellows at Kaneohe
Bay, as well as conducting live-fire
exercises and training on board USS
Essex. The urban operations training
facility has been built to replicate
villages like those in Afghanistan.
OC A Coy, Maj Mick O'Sullivan
said working with 1/3 is a great
opportunity for the company to share
professional experience and trade
tactics techniques and procedures.
A special-purpose marine group
task force from the 3 Bde, will also
work with US personnel to fur-
ther develop the ADFs amphibious
Commander of the 1100
Australians on the exercise, Cmdr
Stuart Mayer, said RIMPAC pro-
vided unique opportunities.
"The global maritime environ-
ment is too large and too complex
for any one nation to safeguard,"
Cmdr Mayer said. "RIMPAC helps
all of us foster and sustain the coop-
erative relationships that are so criti-
cal to safeguarding sea lanes and
security on the world's oceans."
The exercise finishes August 3.
All clear: Above and inset, soldiers
from 1RAR secure areas at Marine
Corps Training Area Bellows. Right,
sappers from 3CER remotely detonate
a suspected IED.
Photos by Cpl Christopher Dickson
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