Australian soldiers from Overwatch Battle Group (West) - 4 have patrolled the perimeter of An Nasiriyah following recent insurgent violence in the city.
Diggers from Combat Team "Heeler" conducted dismounted and mounted patrols overnight around the city, the largest in Dhi Qar province.
The patrols are specifically aimed at deterring insurgent rocket attacks and also provide an opportunity to mentor Iraqi Security Forces at checkpoints.
Overwatch Battle Group (West) 4 and Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces conduct ongoing operations to deter improvised explosive device (roadside bomb) and indirect fire (rocket and mortar) attacks in Dhi Qar province.
(L-R) Private Nathan Brown, age 21 from Cranbourne Melbourne and Corporal Leigh Connor, age 29 from Southern River, Perth prepare their personnel equipment before a night patrol.
Corporal Lance Smolders, age 25 from Narrabri, NSW, ensures all his section and relevant equipment is ready for the night's task.
(L-R) Corporal Leigh Connor, age 29 from Southern River, Perth and Private Nathan Brown, age 21 from Cranbourne, Melbourne in the Infantry Mobility Vehicle (Bushmaster) before heading out for a night patrol.
Private Nathan Mohr, age 21 from Albury, NSW manning the MAG 58 machine gun mounted on an Australian Bushmaster during a night patrol in the city of An Nasiriyah.
Lance Corporal Adam Cambridge, age 23 from Murwillumbah, NSW preparing to step off on a night patrol through the city of An Nasiriyah.
Private Clinton Jones, 23 from Tweed Heads, NSW prepares to step off on a night patrol through the city of An Nasiriyah.
Soldiers from section 62 Alpha conduct final 'battle preparations' as they step off on a night patrol through the city of An Nasiriyah