Exercise Hamel begins

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Exercise Hamel begins (1.50 mins)

Exercise Hamel 2016 has kicked off with soldiers of the 2nd Commando Regiment parachuting into Whyalla Airfield, South Australia to set the conditions for a Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation in the early hours of June 28th. The Special Forces contingent leapt from a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J aircraft under the cover of darkness. The insertion included a heavy drop of three rough terrain vehicles. The main assaulting force rapidly conducted a ground assault, cleared and secured the airport in preparation to handover to the Ready Battalion Group, the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR). Over the coming days, 5RAR will use the airport as an Evacuation Handling Centre to process role player civilian evacuees via designated Evacuation Assembly Areas secured by New Zealand Defence Force and Australian soldiers. Exercise Hamel is the Army's biggest annual joint exercise designed to test and evaluate the Army's Brigades to ensure they are ready and capable to deploy on a range of operational contingencies including coalition and inter-agency humanitarian assistance operations.

Publish Date 30 Jun 2016
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