Exercise Hamel 2014 starts throughout North Queensland

15 July 2014 | Media Release

A major exercise that tests the Australian Army’s capability and understanding of the link between intelligence gathering and action on the ground has commenced in North Queensland.

Exercise Hamel 2014 is designed to evaluate the Australian Army’s 6th Combat Support Brigade and 3rd Combat Brigade capability and adaptability across a range of different tactical scenarios.

Director General Training, Brigadier Mark Brewer, said the exercise would draw on Army units across the country and our coalition partners.

“Every year, much of the Australian Army comes together to participate in a large-scale exercise, which aims to assess our soldiers in crucial skills for any future contingency operations,” BRIG Brewer said.

“The focus of this year’s Hamel is on developing our understanding of how reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence enables the action of our combat force elements.

“The Army aims to learn from everything we do, so to provide the most realistic training scenario, some of Exercise Hamel will take place in local communities throughout the Atherton Tablelands.

“We are extremely grateful to the people of North Queensland for supporting the Army and allowing us to exercise in this challenging training environment.”

Residents around Townsville, Atherton Tablelands and surrounding areas are likely to see an increase in military vehicles and personnel during the exercise.

Further information on Exercise Hamel 2014, including vehicle and personnel movement, will be advised throughout the exercise.

Media note:
Imagery is available at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20142047 and http://images.defence.gov.au/S20142051

Media contacts:
Mark Tanzer, Regional Manager Public Affairs – North Queensland, 0407 467 235
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999

Issued by Ministerial and Executive Coordination and Communication,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, ACT
Phone: 02 6127 1999 Fax: 02 6265 6946

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