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Australian soldiers take on the Malaysian jungle and the Canadian Arctic in overseas training

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MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 5, 1977. NO. 195/77


Australian soldiers are facing the extremes

of the steamy Malaysian jungle and the tundras of the

Canadian Arctic on their current overseas exchange

training programs.

Thick steamy Malaysian jungle was the setting

recently for Exercise Scorpion, in which 140 soldiers

from A Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian

Regiment, from Woodside, SA, took part.

They had joined with the Malaysian Army in a

tough 10-day exercise in conventional warfare.

The exercise was held at Kluang, 150 kilometers

north of Johore Bahru, at the southern tip of peninsular


Before Exercise Scorpion got under way, A

Company spent nine days at the Malaysian Army1s Pulada

Jungle Warfare School, where they practiced jungle

survival techniques, learned survival tips peculiar to

Malaysian jungles and became acclimatised to the humid

tropical weather.

With A Company were 21 soldiers from 1st Task

Force, Holsworthy, NSW, who provided extra technical

services such as communications and engineering skills.


For many of the company this was their first

taste of exercise realism, as about 30 soldiers had

joined the Army earlier this year.

Before leaving Australia, A Company spent

several weeks at the Land Warfare Centre, Canungra, to

toughen up for the Malaysian trip.

the exercise had given valuable training for the company,

as working with other than Australians kept everyone on

their toes because of the different techniques used.

to Air Base Butterworth, where it replaces the existing

company, C Coy 3 RAR, on a three-month tour of duty.

Canada's north for an eight-day exercise called Arctic


Canadian troops. A similar sized Canadian contingent

is currently training in Queensland.

The Royal Australian Regiment, based at Woodside, SA,

with soldiers from 1st Task Force units, in Sydney, and

Army Reserve soldiers.

communities in the Yukon, North-West Territories and Hudson

Bay areas. One group will be inside the Arctic Circle, ,

at Cambridge Bay, on Victoria Island. Other groups

will be at Dawson, Mayo, Rankin Inlet, Churchill and

Ross River.

Major Stan Thornton, officer commanding, said

Following the exercise the company moved north

Meanwhile, Australian soldiers have moved into

A 150-man Australian contingent is in Canada

for the annual training exchange of Australian and

The Australians come mainly from 3rd Battalion,

The Australian contingent will send parties to

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During the exercise, the Australians will carry

out patrols in their areas, meet and work with local

residents including Eskimos and Indians, and carry out

civic action projects including lectures on Australia

to local people. One group will relocate a survival

cairn used in emergencies by travellers mainly when the

north is covered with snow.

The Australians are unlikely to be working in

snow conditions as Canada is in the middle of its summer.

However the exercise will give the soldiers an opportunity

to experience the problems of working in vast, remote

areas unlike any they have experienced in training at

home. .

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