Australian soldiers from Task Group Taji Rotation 2 may have shed some tears before deploying to Iraq – but in this case it had nothing to do with missing their loved ones.
Members of TG Taji 2 (pictured) enter a CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) tent as part of their pre-deployment training.
The mission rehearsal exercise consisted of a number of realistic training serials designed to replicate the dynamic training environment that exists in Iraq.
Australian soldiers, primarily from Brisbane’s 7th Brigade, have deployed on Operation Okra as part of the broader international Building Partner Capacity mission.
Their lead-up training included weapon handling, building clearances and obstacle breaching techniques, as well as training in the tactics, techniques and procedures for squad- through to company-level operations to use in the fight against Daesh.
Task Group Taji Rotation 2 comprises approximately 300 ADF and 100 New Zealand Defence Force personnel.
The contingent consists of a training team with command, force protection and support elements.
Photo by Corporal Jake Sims