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Parachutists to train at Shoalwater bay for exercise swift canopy



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NEWS RELEASE DPR 1 6 /9 5 M onday 6 M arch 1995

PARACHUTISTS TO TRAIN AT SHOALWATER BAY FOR EXERCISE SWIFT CANOPY

P a ra c h u tis ts from the 3rd B attalio n , T he Royal A u stra lia n R egim ent (3RAR) a n d ele m e n ts from 8 th /1 2 th M edium R egim ent (Artillery) will hone th e ir skills d u rin g E xercise Swift C anopy to be held mid M arch

a t S h o alw ater Bay T raining A rea in Q u e en sla n d .

The com bined p a ra c h u te b a tta lio n g ro u p exercise will involve an a irb o rn e in se rtio n of p a ra c h u tis ts , se c u rin g of a la n d in g zone and strik e s by RAAF F - 111 aircraft. T he aim of th e exercise is to practice te c h n iq u e s for in se rtio n of tro o p s into a n o p eratio n al area, followed by conventional gro u n d o p eratio n s.

A plato o n of In d o n esian a irb o rn e tro o p s (approxim ately 30) from the S trategic Reserve Force (KOSTRAD) will also p a rtic ip a te in th e com bined exercise. The In d o n esian tro o p s will p a ra c h u te into th e exercise a re a w ith th eir c o u n te rp a rts from 3RAR.

Swift C anopy will provide le a d -u p tra in in g activity for th e In d o n esian arm ed F orces in p re p a ra tio n for th e ir p a rtic ip a tio n in E xercise Kangaroo 95.

F u rth e r inform ation

B rigadier A drian D'Hage (06) 265 2929 (018) 633 216

NEWS EDITORS/CHIEFS OF STAFF/PIC EDS

B eta SP vision an d stills of th e In d o n e sia n c o n tin g e n t arriving in A u stralia will be available th ro u g h Ms Liz H oltham - Public Affairs Officer Air H ead q u a rte rs (047) 39 7337.

P rofessional B eta SP vision a n d stills p h o to s from th e exercise area will be available th ro u g h LTCOL J o h n W ieland Defence C entre B risbane 07 233 4210.

Issued by the Directorate of Public Relations. Department of Defence, Canberra ACT, 2600