A display of Townsville-based Army units' capabilities on February 17 aimed to increase the understanding among the units about the equipment each unit uses.

The display on the parade ground of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, included a CH47 Chinook helicopter, MRH90 Taipan helicopter, M1A1 Abrams tank, 45M Heavy Lift Recovery Vehicle and a M777 A2 Howitzer.

Weapons systems such as the Mk 47 Striker Next Generation Lightweight Automatic Grenade Launcher were also featured along with surveillance and reconnaissance equipment and minefield clearance equipment. 

Commander of the 3rd Brigade Brigadier Kahlil Fegan addressed the gathered troops.

He spoke of the importance of combined arms warfighting within an agile, adaptive and dynamic organisation. 

“To fully encapsulate the competitive edge that combined arms provides, you need a deeper ideological understanding and appreciation for each other’s capabilities,” he said.

An Army 45M Heavy Recovery Vehicle from the 3rd Combat Service Support Battalion lifts an Armoured Personnel Carrier during the 3rd Brigade Combined Arms display held at Lavarack Barracks, Townsville. Photo: Corporal Brodie Cross

Soldiers from 3RAR shared their expertise on the employment of mechanised infantry capabilities, while also receiving the latest information and employment considerations for other capabilities.  

Captain Campbell Barlow, of 3RAR, said the value of conducting such a large display was the ability to gain a competitive advantage both in training and on operations. 

“This interaction enables our teams to understand capability employment strengths and limitations while establishing critical combined arms relationships before we generate the ground combat element within the Sea Series exercises later this year,” he said.

An Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 5th Aviation Regiment on display at the 3rd Brigade Combined Arms Display at Lavarack Barracks, Townsville. Photo: Corporal Brandon Grey