Regiment’s training drill reinforces border control
Pilbara Regiment crews have made a splash down south, completing their annual sea-going training with WA Police and Australian Border Force in Perth.
About 50 full-time and reserve soldiers from the regiment took part in Exercise Harpoon Strike activity to launch, recover and manoeuvre inflatable craft and larger, regional patrol craft.
A far cry from the mangroves, mud, tides and crocodiles of the north, staff took on the joint training exercises on the Swan River and off Fremantle coast in full view of the public.
“The skills employed on training events such as Exercise Harpoon Strike bring together leadership, planning and adaptability which easily translate into employer benefits,” said Pilbara Regiment, H troop commander Lt Milton Brooks.
Teams were tasked with mobilising troops from land to sea to achieve amphibious certification, as well as conducting familiarity training with WA Police and ABF personnel.
Pilbara Regiment three squadron commanding officer, Major Marco De Freitas said the regiment has been able to maintain an excellent level of planning and inter-operability in Western Australia and Queensland.
“With such a large contingent of reserves supporting this event, lead-in activities such as Exercise Harpoon Strike do much to enhance the Pilbara Regiment’s amphibious capability and operational preparedness and relevance,” he said.
“Furthermore, the Pilbara Regiment’s consistent high standards of reconnaissance and surveillance training enhances our commitment to Operation Resolute; where we need to deliver seamless integration between agencies in order to ensure border integrity.”
Cpl Denis Jung pilots a patrol craft during a training exercise.