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Live firing demonstration of Defence combat forces.



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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR THE HON ROBERT HILL Minister for Defence Leader of the Government in the Senate

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Wednesday, 27 August 2003 107/2003

LIVE FIRING DEMONSTRATION OF DEFENCE COMBAT FORCES

A live firing demonstration combining key Defence combat forces will be held at Queensland’s Shoalwater Bay Training Area today to further develop the core war-fighting skills of Australia’s Defence Force.

Defence Minister Robert Hill will attend the demonstration, known as Exercise Predator’s Gallop, carried out by a combined arms team from Darwin-based 1st Brigade with air support from Amberley-based F-111s.

The demonstration of combat manoeuvres will involve F-111 aircraft, helicopters, tanks, Armoured Personnel Carriers, infantry, artillery and combat engineers in a combined simulated attack.

Darwin’s 1st Brigade maintains the Army’s mechanised capability and Exercise Predator’s Gallop will help ensure the Brigade remains combat ready for unilateral or coalition military support operations.

“It is important that our soldiers are kept up to date with the latest developments in land manoeuvre to ensure they are capable of responding to a wide range of situations and threats,” Senator Hill said.

“It was clear from the recent operations in Iraq that troops also need to be highly capable and well protected against a range of new threats, particularly against anti-tank weapons that are becoming widely available.

“It will also be an opportunity for me to talk first hand with the soldiers involved in the exercise and to see how the various capabilities work alongside each other.”

Following Exercise Predator’s Gallop, 1st Brigade will then participate in Exercise Crocodile 2003 that will involve a combined force of about 10,000 Australian and United States troops in north and central Queensland throughout September.

Media contacts Sascha Meldrum (Senator Hill) 02 6277 7800 0409 034 241

Joshua Hutton (Defence) 02 6265 3834 0439 643 306

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