Upper Spencer Gulf defence exercise continues

FIRE: Scenes from the high intensity live fire exercise at the Cultana Training Area featuring about 200 soldiers. PHOTO: Corporal Nunu Campos.

FIRE: Scenes from the high intensity live fire exercise at the Cultana Training Area featuring about 200 soldiers. PHOTO: Corporal Nunu Campos.

About 200 soldiers from Darwin and Adelaide's 1st Brigade are conducting a high intensity realistic live fire exercise in Cultana Training Area near Port Augusta from March 7-19.

The exercise involves soldiers conducting activities such as indirect fire practices including a danger close fire mission, small arms practices, and high explosive range packages.

Commanding Officer 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Graham said this exercise was the first high level combined arms exercise for the soldiers of the 1st Brigade in 2017.

"What we're doing here is combining the training between Infantry, Engineers and Artillery elements and working towards the integration of all those different elements," he said.

Lieutenant Colonel Graham said that the training at this particular time is very important because it reinforces core skills and core roles, and establishes how best to operate together.

"As we are the online Brigade, we are on a shorter notice to deploy to any emergency or contingency the government identifies, so it's important that we're at a higher state of training and ready to react as required," he said.

This live fire exercise has involved members from Darwin based 8/12th Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery and the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment; and the Adelaide based 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

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