Today the Australian Army marked the final phase of Plan Beersheba at a Freedom of Entry Parade for 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment, 7th Brigade, in Brisbane.
CAPTION: An M1A1 Abrams tank from the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) moves past the reviewing dais during their Freedom of Entry March into Brisbane City. Photo by Corporal Oliver Carter.
A procession of more than 65 military vehicles, including three new M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks, rolled into the 7th Brigade at Enoggera Barracks, signifying Army’s delivery of Plan Beersheba.
Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell said Plan Beersheba consisted of four components – structure, workforce, amphibious capability and training cycle.
“Army now has three commonly structured brigades in Darwin/Adelaide (1 Brigade), Townsville (3 Brigade) and Brisbane (7 Brigade) to enhance our capability to sustain our forces deployed on operations,” Lieutenant General Campbell said.
“These three brigades are supported by the six brigades of Army’s 2nd Division (reserves), 16th Brigade (Aviation), 17th Combat Service Support Brigade (logistics), 6th Combat Support Brigade (intelligence and surveillance), and special forces.
“We have changed the way Army generates forces through the integration of regular and reserve personnel into one total workforce of approximately 45,000 people. This change will be enduring.
“The Australian Army has developed a specialist amphibious infantry battalion – 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment – to provide pre-landing force support to ground combat units embarked on HMA Ships Adelaide, Canberra and Choules to further contribute to the Australian Defence Force amphibious capability.”
Lieutenant General Campbell said enhanced training and management of Army personnel through the introduction of a three-year cycle will ensure our soldiers are better prepared for operations and that the Army is sustainable into the future.
“The changes delivered through this plan have established foundations to ensure that, as the Army moves forward, we will continue to be a modern, connected and technologically advanced force.
“We are committed to continually improving how we recruit, train and employ our people, to provide the most effective contribution to the ADF mission to defend Australia and its national interests.
“Through investment from the 2016 Defence White Paper, all the brigades will continue to evolve into a more networked, protected and empowered force ready to meet future requirements.”