From November 23 until December 10, Exercises Precision Red 11-2 and Precision Support 11-2 will see Air Force practice how it uses transport aircraft and airfield services in a deployed setting. It will involve two Air Force C-130J Hercules and a C-17A Globemaster flying from RAAF Base Townsville to airfields in Shoalwater Bay and Townsville Field Training Areas, providing valuable preparation for crews before flying in the Middle East Area of Operations. A pair of C-130H Hercules will also fly from Townsville as part of Operational Conversion for crews. Approximately 474 personnel are expected to participate in Exercises Precision Red and Precision Support.
Members from No.322 Expeditionary Combat Support Squadron RAAF Base Tindal, practice for different scenarios (using blank ammunition), to defend the airfield during enemy attack at Benning Field during ‘’Exercise Precision support 11-2’’
The Defence Force has announced a major restructure of the Australian Army.
Under Plan Beersheba three multi-role brigades will be created to include wider components of infantry, armour, artillery, engineers, logistics and communications.
There will also be changes to the structure of the Army Reserve and the creation of a new amphibious force.
Defence says multi-role brigades will enable more effective training in Australia and rapid deployment of forces overseas.
It says the changes will also enhance the Army's ability to undertake sustained operations.
Chief of Army Lieutenant-General David Morrison described the changes as a smarter way of delivering capability.
It looks pretty good the way it has been explained to me. From an Infantry perspective it is definitely an enhancement of capability. A light battalion is pretty weak in terms of firepower, maneuverability, and interoperability with armour. Having vehicles doesn't mean you have to neglect the dismounted side either.