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Regiment’s colours laid up
MELBOURNE University Regiment
(MUR) conducted a parade and
ceremony on May 19 to lay up the
Colours of the Monash University
The Colours were laid up
before CA Lt-Gen David Morrison,
Commander 2 Div Maj-Gen Steve
Smith and Commander 4 Bde Brig
Representing the University
were Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel
and the Esquire Bedel, Brian
About 400 ex-MonUR members
and spectators attended the occa-
sion, which represented the final
chapter in the closure of MonUR
under Plan Beersheba.
In conjunction with Duntroon,
the regiment produced junior offic-
ers for service in Victoria’s 4 Bde
and held driver and junior NCO
training. Graduates of MonUR have
served Australia in theatres across
MonUR’s Colours, which
were consecrated and presented in
front of more than 3000 people at
Monash University’s Clayton cam-
pus in 1988, returned to the heart of
the campus where they were laid up
in the Religious Centre.
The service was led by MUR
Chap Cesar Lopez and the Colour
Party was made up of personnel
from both MUR and MonUR, rep-
resenting the unification of the two
MUR CO Lt-Col Margaret
Sorial presented the Colours to
MUR’s Honorary Colonel, Maj-
Gen Greg Garde, who in turn
entrusted the Colours for laying
up and safekeeping to Reverends
Laurie Foot and Geoff Harvey of
“Our reserve forces have never
been more relevant, nor more ready,
nor closely integrated into our
Army, nor more capable of deliver-
ing trained officers for operational
service,” Lt-Gen Morrison said.
“In short this change, while
painful, is necessary and guaran-
tees the long-term future of the
Monash Company of the MUR,
from whence MonUR came into
existence in 1966,” he said.
Dr Finkel said not only was Gen
Sir John Monash (for whom the
university was named) one of the
finest generals of WWI, but he also
an exceptional citizen, engineer and
The CA commended the offic-
ers, warrant officers and soldiers of
MUR on ensuring a fitting ceremo-
nial conclusion for the regiment.
RSM-A WO Dave Ashley said it
was “a sharp, fitting and professional
effort by all involved – well done”.
Set for flash landings
Cpl Max Bree
ARMY and Navy are on their way to
enhanced readiness for amphibious
operations after completing the first
block of 2013 joint training around
Townsville in April.
The training was broken up into
three different phases that involved a
command post exercise, followed by
physical landings with elements of the
landing forces and finally the develop-
ment of pre-landing force operations
The first phase had the combined
staffs of the Navy’s Amphibious Task
Group and Army’s Landing Forces plan
and then execute amphibious opera-
tions in a simulated environment.
The newly formed joint team spent
a week planning an amphibious opera-
tion and a second week running the
plan through computer simulations
while planning another op.
The second phase was aimed
at developing base skills to conduct
amphibious landings, such as delivering
vehicles and troops across the beach.
Drivers, specialists and vehicles
practised cross loading and embarka-
tion between Australian Defence Vessel
Ocean Shield and landing craft.
They then exercised beach landing,
re-embarkation and return by day and
The third phase of the training,
dubbed Exercise Busu Landing, was
initiated and developed by the landing
forces through 2RAR, to address an
area of capability in pre-landing force
operations for which training opportu-
nities were rare.
Lt-Col James Hammett was the
commander of a company-sized land-
ing force that lodged in Dili in 2006
from the Amphibious Task Group.
He believed the new Landing
Helicopter Dock ships, with their mas-
sive flight decks, would be able to put
troops ashore much faster.
“It took a long time to launch the
four Black Hawk air mobile compo-
nents of the lodgement as we were
required to load a single aircraft, launch
it and then await the next to be laden,”
Lt-Col Hammett said.
“The deck size of the LPA did
not lend itself to rapid launch of air
The Amphibious Readiness Element
would consist of a company of infantry
and supporting troops, Lt-Col Hammett
“We’re now making a dedicated
amphibious force,” he said.
“Their primary role is going to be
the projection of force by sea.
“In the past we would provide a
single embarked landing force, which
would disembark to fight the war.
“Now they will get off for a specific
task and get back on for other specific
The training will now move to
the next phase using HMAS Choules
for advanced amphibious training at
Cowley Beach throughout June, fol-
lowed by an amphibious operation as
part of Exercise Talisman Sabre next
These training blocks will play a
key role in the introduction of the first
LHD, HMAS Canberra, in 2014.
Joint amphibious training enters new waters with planning, simulations and execution
Heavy duty: Vehicles are unloaded ashore during the joint amphibious operations training exercise near Townsville. ADV Ocean Shield, inset,
loads a landing craft with vehicles.
Presentation: Maj-Gen Greg Garde entrusts the Monash University
Regiment Colours at the ceremony attended by about 400 people at
the University’s Religous Centre.
Photo by Maj Ian Toohill
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