Troops from 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, conducted a live-fire exercise at Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Exercise Diamond Run 2017.
CAPTION: An Australian Army soldier from 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, bounds forward during a live-fire attack during Exercise Diamond Run 2017 at Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland. Photo by Corporal David Said.
The live- and dry-fires form part of the tough training 8/9RAR is being put through in the lead up to 2018 when the battalion will form a crucial part of the Army’s Ready Brigade – 7th Combat Brigade, based in Brisbane.
Commanding Officer 8/9RAR Lieutenant Colonel Tony Bennett said the combat-team live-fire attack with artillery and tank support was essential to get soldier used to the noise and conditions of battle.
“Doing it here with the tanks and combined-arms gives our soldiers the chance to experience the noise before they may have to face it in combat,” Lieutenant Colonel Bennett said.
“Today went really well. They progressed from their platoon-level training to combat-team training seamlessly.”
Private Gallosch Rosso said live firing was the best part of going out bush.
“You get that adrenaline rush – it’s pretty good.”
Exercise Diamond Run involved over 1600 soldiers and finished today, 8 November.