Reg­i­ment’s train­ing drill re­in­forces border con­trol

North West Telegraph - - Lifestyle - Robert Dougherty

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.

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