Major interoperability exercise begins in South Australia
Thursday 23 June, 2016
Troops are arriving to conduct the largest Army exercise ever seen in regional South Australia.
More than 9,000 military personnel from the Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Air Force, along with personnel from the United States Marine Corps, the United States Army (Pacific Command), United Kingdom and New Zealand Army will participate in Exercise Hamel 2016, which concludes the second week of July.
Director General for Army Training and Doctrine, Brigadier Mick Ryan, said the exercise is designed to test and evaluate its high readiness deployable Brigade.
“This is to ensure our soldiers are ready and able to deploy on a range of different activities from humanitarian assistance missions and disaster relief operations through to high level war fighting contingencies,” Brigadier Ryan said.
“We are very proud of the Army and this is a terrific activity where young Australian soldiers get out there and show the community who we are and what we do.”
The Army has been working with councils and State Government Agencies to ensure the exercise is conducted in a respectful manner.
“Major exercises do have an impact on the community and we have balanced the training objectives to try and minimise the impact on the local community and we would like to thank the community for their hospitality, support, patience and understanding,” Brigadier Ryan said.