Captain Wales gets airborne in the Top End
18 April 2015
Captain Harry Wales has spent his first two weeks the Australian Army with the North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) and the 1st Brigade.
His program included time in an Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger.
Captain Wales undertook flight simulation training, before heading out with members of the 1st Aviation Regiment on an ARH Tiger reconnaissance flight from Robertson Barracks, Darwin.
During his time with the 1st Brigade, Captain Wales has been busy participating in the day-to-day activities of soldiering, including physical training sessions and preparing for field exercises as part of Exercise Thunder Observer, a Joint Fire Team Training exercise, soon to be conducted by the 1st Brigade’s 8th/12th Medium Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery. Designed to maintain combat readiness, the exercise will include a live fire collaboration between ground and air assets.
After meeting with some of the Army’s wounded, injured and ill members, Captain Wales joined in a game of wheelchair AFL (Australian Football League) with soldiers from the Soldier Recovery Centre and the 1st Brigade.
Earlier, while on duty with NORFORCE, Captain Wales met with locals of the Wuggubun community in the Kununurra region of Western Australia, around 470 kilometres southwest of Darwin. While at Wuggubun, Captain Wales spent time engaging with elders and children of the Indigenous community.
Captain Wales was also briefed on NORFORCE’s operations and trained in bush survival lessons, including how to source food and water. After receiving his orders, Captain Wales headed out on patrol with members of NORFORCE, spending two nights camping out in the remote Kununurra region.
Captain Wales’ attachment with the Australian Defence Force will continue after Gallipoli commemorations in Turkey, when he will return to Australia to spend time with Australian Army units in Perth and Sydney.
Further information on the 1st Brigade is available at: http://army.gov.au/Who-we-are/Divisions-and-Brigades/Forces-Command/1st-Brigade
Further information about the ARH (Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter) Tiger is available at:
Further information about NORFORCE is available at: http://www.army.gov.au/Who-we-are/Divisions-and-Brigades/Forces-Command/2nd-Division/North-West-Mobile-Force
Imagery of Captain Wales will be available later today at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20150967
Vision will be fed out under general release arrangements via the Parliament House Press Gallery. International media agencies should contact their Australian affiliates to access vision.
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