4th Brigade Gunners prepare to reinforce security near patrol bases
17 July 2012
The Afghan National Army’s (ANA) 4th Brigade, 205 Corps are a step closer to deploying gun detachments outside Coalition Patrol Bases after a successful live fire artillery shoot during July.
Exercise Eagle’s Flight showcased the improving capability of the 2nd Battery, or Canon Tolay, as they fired high explosive, smoke and illumination rounds onto a designated target area near Patrol Base Sorkh Bed, northern Kandahar Province.
Offensive Support Mentor of the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment Task Group (3 RAR TG) Captain Raj Chetty said the live fire training is preparing the ANA artillery for transition to independent operations.
“In supporting ANA activities, there will be a requirement to push their offensive support assets out to the patrol bases and enhance their force on the ground,” Captain Chetty said.
“We are aiming to gauge their current ability and advance them to a level where they can conduct their job without support from the International Security Assistance Force.”
“They definitely have the capability to progress further. We’re introducing them to new equipment and systems” Captain Chetty said.
The ANA gunners have become competent in supporting manoeuvre elements and firing safely. The Sorkh Bed live fire serial spanned two days and one night and followed successful validation using D30 122mm Howitzers.
Commanding Officer of 3 RAR TG Lieutenant Colonel Trent Scott said his troops are striving to provide as much integrated instruction and training as possible to the 4th Brigade as they progress towards self sufficiency.
On 17 July, the Australian Government welcomed the formal start of transition to Afghan-led security responsibility in Uruzgan province, where the majority of Australian military personnel in Afghanistan are based.
The start of transition in Uruzgan reflects the progress made by Afghan, Australian and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) military and civilian teams in training and mentoring the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and strengthening security and development.
It is a welcome sign transition in Uruzgan is on track for completion over the next 12 to 18 month period.
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