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Iraq Forward Air Controller Course
15 Nov 2017
Selected students from across the Iraqi Army conducted live fire practices with Australian and New Zealand instructors from Task Group Taji as part of their final certification process at the Besmaya Range Complex east of Baghdad. Students coordinated precision ground air to ground strikes on simulated targets as they complete their final assessment prior to qualifying as Forward Air Controllers. Defence Force personnel from Australia and New Zealand are training members of the Iraqi Security Forces to defeat the Daesh terrorist group. They are deployed on active service to Iraq as part of Task Group Taji 5. The training includes: the laws of armed conflict, weapons handling, first aid, vehicle checkpoints, explosive hazards awareness, building clearances and obstacle breaching techniques. Instruction is inclusive of tactics, techniques and procedures from squad through to company-level operations for use in the fight against Daesh.
ADF and Filipino soldiers meet with PM in Manila
14 Nov 2017
On Monday, 13 November 2017, the Prime Minister of Australia, The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP attended an Urban Close Combat demonstration by soldiers from the Australian Army’s Joint Task Force 629 and Filipino soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippines Army at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Headquarters in Manila, Philippines. The Filipino soldiers had just completed a three-week course in urban close combat run by an Australian Defence Force Land Mobile Training Team deployed to the Philippines as part of Operation AUGURY-PHILIPPINES. Operation AUGURY is the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the Whole-of-Australian-Government effort to counter terrorism and violent extremism in the domestic, regional and global context, and Operation AUGURY-PHILIPPINES is part of a Whole of Australian Government effort to work closely with the Government of the Philippines in its fight against terrorism, and supports its determination to defeat Daesh-affiliated groups in the southern Philippines. The demonstration gave Prime Minister Turnbull an opportunity to observe the new urban close skills taught to the Filipino soldiers by Joint Task Force 629.
KC-30A Hose and Drogue Inspection
14 Nov 2017
The ground crew deployed with the KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) conduct a post flight inspection on the hose and drogue system of the aircraft. The inspection is looking for any damage which may have been caused in flight. It is vital that the hose and drogue are serviceable to ensure the KC-30A is able to perform its role of providing fuel to the aircraft above Iraq and Syria. The KC-30A MRTT forms part of the Air Task Group (ATG) and is deployed on Operation OKRA. The ATG is operating at the request of the Iraqi Government within a US-led Global Coalition assembled to degrade and defeat Daesh. The ATG comprises six RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail airborne command and control aircraft, and a KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft. Additionally, the ATG has personnel working in the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre, and embedded with the ‘Kingpin’ US tactical Command and Control Unit.
Urban Combat Skills provided to Philippine Army
13 Nov 2017
Operation AUGURY is the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the Whole-of-Australian-Government effort to counter terrorism and violent extremism in the domestic, regional and global context. Joint Task Group 629’s mission recognises that the Armed Forces of the Philippines already has significant counter terrorism and counter violent extremism capabilities, so the training being delivered by the ADF is designed to enhance the capabilities of Filipino soldiers to fight in urban environments.
Remembrance Day in the Middle East Region
13 Nov 2017
Australian Defence Force personnel at home and abroad paused on the 99th anniversary of the Armistice today, in memory of all those who have died in all wars. ADF personnel remembered the sacrifice of more than 102,000 Australians whose names are recorded on Australia’s Roll of Honour and acknowledged the ongoing suffering of those who returned. Almost 2,300 Australian Defence Force personnel are currently deployed on operations around the world. Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin attended the Remembrance Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial where Australia’s Federation Guard and the Royal Military College Duntroon Band were on parade along with members of the local veterans’ community.
Remembrance Day messages
09 Nov 2017
There are about 1700 ADF personnel deployed to the Middle East region. They remain actively involved in advising, assisting and training Iraqi Security Forces in Iraq, training and advising the Afghan National Defence Security Forces in Afghanistan and maritime security operations throughout the region.
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Urban Combat Skills provided to Philippine Army13 Nov 2017Operation AUGURY is the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the Whole-of-Australian-Government effort to counter terrorism and violent extremism in the domestic, regional and global context. Joint Task Group 629’s mission recognises that the Armed Forces of the Philippines already has significant counter terrorism and counter violent extremism capabilities, so the training being delivered by the ADF is designed to enhance the capabilities of Filipino soldiers to fight in urban environments.13 Nov 2017
Exercise Diamond Run Live Fire07 Nov 2017Troops from 8/9 Royal Australian Regiment conduct a live fire exercise at Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Ex Diamond Run 2017. The live and dry fires form part of the tough training 8/9 RAR is being put through in the lead up to 2018. Next year, 8/9 RAR will form a crucial part of the Army's Ready Brigade, 7th Combat Brigade based in Brisbane. Ex Diamond Run involves over 1600 soldiers and runs until the 8th of November.07 Nov 2017
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KC-30A Hose and Drogue Inspection14 Nov 2017The ground crew deployed with the KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) conduct a post flight inspection on the hose and drogue system of the aircraft. The inspection is looking for any damage which may have been caused in flight. It is vital that the hose and drogue are serviceable to ensure the KC-30A is able to perform its role of providing fuel to the aircraft above Iraq and Syria. The KC-30A MRTT forms part of the Air Task Group (ATG) and is deployed on Operation OKRA. The ATG is operating at the request of the Iraqi Government within a US-led Global Coalition assembled to degrade and defeat Daesh. The ATG comprises six RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail airborne command and control aircraft, and a KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft. Additionally, the ATG has personnel working in the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre, and embedded with the ‘Kingpin’ US tactical Command and Control Unit.14 Nov 2017
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