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Army June 6, 2013
Cpl Nick Wiseman
THE last of 5RAR's M113s has
left the battalion lines at Robertson
Barracks with battalion members
lining the streets to see it out of ser-
vice with the unit.
Crewed by Sgt Scott Barry and
driven by LCpl Joshua Whale, the
M113 made its way slowly along
the street with each soldier standing
to attention as it passed to mark the
importance of the event.
CO Lt-Col Richard Barrett said
the APC was not only a significant
part of the battalion's heritage but
also of the Army's history.
"The M113 has provided a unique
warfighting capability to 1 Bde," he
"They have been part of the unit
for more than 30 years and we now
have the task of transitioning to a
standard infantry battalion."
In 1976, before the delinking of
the two units, 5/7RAR began working
with the vehicles after accepting them
from 2 Cav Regt as part of a two-year
Years later in June 1984 the unit
adopted the "mechanised" suffix and
conducted its first battalion-level
mechanised exercise in late 1985.
The unit deployed on operation-
al service with the vehicles during
Interfet in Timor-Leste in 1999 and
maintained a QRF presence with
M113s in Timor-Leste from 2006 to
Sgt Barry was chosen to crew the
last vehicle in recognition of his years
Unit farewells APC
M113s move from 5RAR to armoured cavalry regiment as unit transitions to dismounted infantry role
Marched out: 5RAR's last M113 is farewelled by unit members during a ceremony at Robertson Barracks.
Photo by Capt Darren MacKenzie
Historic role: Soldiers from 5RAR deployed with APCs to maintain a quick reaction force in Timor-Leste
from 2006 until 2009.
working with armoured vehicles in
5/7RAR, School of Armour, 7RAR
"It's a shame to see them go,"
he said. "I liked the excellent
firepower and protected mobility they
Sgt Barry played an important role
in the battalion's efforts to move the
M113s from 5RAR to be based with
the soon-to-be-formed armoured cav-
alry regiments (ACR).
The battalion will remain the
ready battalion group until November.
Lt-Col Barrett said it was an
exciting time for the unit.
"We have some major exercises
this year where we will refocus for
conventional dismounted operations,"
"We'll wait and see how the
ACRs evolve as we'll be in a posi-
tion to actively contribute to their tac-
tics, techniques and procedures being
The M113 fleet is being upgraded
and are expected to remain in service
for at least the next decade.
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