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Australians begin 'rocky' training

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1978. NO. 133/78


About 30 Australian soldiers will see snow for

the first time this week when they begin mountain, glacier

and snowfield training in Canada's Rocky Mountains.

The soldiers are with a 150-strong contingent

from Holsworthy, NSW, which arrived in Canada last week

to take part in exercise AUSCAN BOND 78 - the fifth annual

exchange of troops between Australia and Canada.

The contingent comprises 103 troopers from the

Second Cavalry Regiment, five Army Reserve personnel and

37 sappers from the First Field Engineer, Regiment.

The six week exchange - which ends on October 9 -

also will include canoeing, rafting and explosives

training, bridge building and familiarisation with armoured

vehicles used by the Canadian Armed Forces. During the

exchange period, 150 Canadian cavalry and engineer

personnel are undergoing training in Australia.

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